As I’ve mentioned before, running is a form of personally prescribed therapy for me. I’ve been a runner my entire life and sometimes after a run I feel like a completely new person. I feel accomplished and ready to take on the rest of the day. It’s not always like that, but for the most part I enjoy it and find it necessary for my sanity. So, I’ve been thinking for a while now about how I can challenge myself through running. I know… running and training for races is already a challenge, but what I want to do will be a bit more personal and solid.
Since I’ve started the tumultuous journey of really facing my issues and taking care of my mental health so that I can live a better, more balance life, I’ve been thinking about how I can incorporate running into that journey in a very deliberate way. So… I’m going to do 100 days of running. At least a mile a day, beginning May 1st. Yep, you read that right. I’m planning to run every day from May 1st to August 8th. No sponsors, no endorsements, no fluff. Just me.
The difference between this challenge, and any other challenge I’ve taken on in the last few years will be that I won’t be extremely hard on myself if I don’t complete the challenge. It’s me against myself and I have to learn how to have grace with who I am and what I have accomplished thus far. I tend to downplay my own success. But I feel like it’s time to change that.
I’ve got several races coming up this year so these 100 days will also incorporate training and preparing for those races.
- Chicago Spring Half Marathon – May 18th
- Soldier Field 10-Miler – May 24th
- Chicago Half Marathon – September 7th
- And a few other 5K’s thrown in here and there.
I’ve already told a few people about my idea and they think I should go for it. A few others have asked why not 30 days, or 50 days? Well, 100 days sounds crazy and almost impossible… and THAT’S why I want to do it. I want to try to achieve something that is perceived to be impossible or crazy or unattainable. To prove it to myself, most of all.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey. I’ll need all of your encouragement, inspiration, motivation and love. It’s going to be awesome!