Five years went by before I finally took action. FIVE. YEARS. Every year, I thought, “I should do that.” I just didn’t realize so much time was passing by.
It started in late 2010, when I saw a Facebook post by Paula Harkin, of Portland Running Company (where I buy all my shoes, BTW) and Run With Paula fame, about how she had been running every day for two years. I thought, “That’s awesome to run every day. I should do that.” Every new year, every birthday, I thought, “I should start that run every day thing that Paula does.”
Late in December last year, I saw another post from Paula:
And I realized that five years had slipped by without me taking that challenge. Sure, a lot has happened in those five years, but I felt ashamed that I had been thinking about doing this for so long and just never had.
So I started!
I’ve now been running every day since December 31, 2015. I went from running 3-4 miles twice a week, to running 7-10 miles each week, running a little bit each day. I plan to increase my mileage a bit over time, but I don’t want to burn out by trying to do too much too soon.
The aspect of this that has surprised – and delighted – me is the realization that running doesn’t have to be a big production. For years, I’ve been getting up at 5 am to meet my friends and run 3-4 miles before our families wake up. We usually stop at Starbucks afterward, which is lovely. But the whole thing is 90 minutes or so from the time I wake up to get ready to when I’m walking back in the door to “start” my day at 6:30 am. I cherish those mornings with my friends, don’t get me wrong. But now, on all the other days, I get up at 6:30, start the coffee pot, run a mile for 10 minutes or so, then get home as the coffee pot is about finished brewing. BOOM. Run, done. Seriously, who doesn’t have 10 minutes in the morning?
When I’m really stressed for time, or like last week when I’ve been sick, I only run quarter or a half mile. A quarter mile is around my block one time. But I’m aiming for a mile-a-day average. 10 minutes of working out a day is not really enough, overall, right? But it’s a start, and I’m loving it. There’s nothing quite like starting your day with your heart racing and your blood moving through your body!
This has kind of revolutionized running for me!
What do you think? Could you do a #runeveryday challenge?