Friday, January 11, 2013

1 Mile per Day

I don't talk a whole lot about running on this blog but I wanted to share this post today because it's so easy and so simple I don't know why I didn't think of it before. And remember you can always just adapt this for walking.

I've been thinking a lot recently about how my exercise routine was thrown off course by buying our house. Then Christmas arrived and well, honestly, I had other things I wanted to do. I hadn't done any exercise in so long it was easy to brush it off over my break. Sooo, my poor gym membership has collected a bit of dust over the last few months. Not to mention my gym buddy has moved overseas to Germany for six months and it's mid summer here.  <insert  more excuses>

In summary- I'm really not feeling it. 

But it has been bugging me- I know I feel so much better when I'm active. Mentally and physically. Plus it means I can have that extra spoon of peanut butter if I want (I'm far too addicted to that stuff). 

And as if the universe decided to help me with my conundrum, I stumbled across this post. Run 1 mile per day. That's it. No pressure to do big long runs. No pressure to do it fast. No pressure to even enjoy doing it (sometimes). Just get out there and do it. And I like that- it's a good way for me to get at least 15 minutes of activity in each day and get excited about exercise again.

So I'm going to do it. Starting yesterday (there is even a photo below to prove it), I am going to run (a minimum of) 1 mile per day for 30 days. 
Those are my running socks~ yes I got to a point where I bought comfy socks specifically for running. They are pretty amazing though!

I am going to give myself two rules:
1) Absolutely NO excuses for 30 days. If I am feeling a little blegh- tough. Go for a run. If I am feeling stressed- tough. Go for a run. If I am feeling tired- tough. Go for a run. 100% no excuses.
2) Don't run the same route. It's approaching mid summer in New Zealand and I hate running in the stuffy heat. It makes me dizzy and I feel all-round horrid. So some days I will have to run at the gym, with air-conditioning and that's ok. I'm still going to do my 1 mile per day. I also want to take this opportunity to run at different places- at the beach (check: did that today), at the park, at the local primary schools rugby pitch. Even on the scary main road (where everyone can see you as they drive home from work).

I've started a hashtag on Instagram (#1mileperday) if anyone would like to join in and document their runs or walks.

See you back here on 8th Feb for a round-up.


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