I fell off the running wagon and got run over by it when I got sick in the last week of September. Not only did I not run the half marathon in October, I’ve barely run at all. Period.
I told myself I needed to recover from the cold. (It’s crazy to me how much a cold can zap your energy. People joke about the man cold, but colds are horrible!)
Then I told myself that I needed to run intuitively. That I needed to find my love of running again. To just go out and do what felt good each day rather than following a plan and getting frustrated when life happens.
It turns out, it wasn’t bad advice necessarily, but it was a total lie in my case. I’ve barely run. I’ve hit the gym and lifted weights a few times, but nothing too amazing.
One of my friends sent me a link to Inspire Columbus through the Columbus Running Company. (Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with them. I know that’s shocking considering my stats, but it’s true.) The challenge is to keep moving through January to have an opportunity to win raffle prizes. The only catches are- you pay $5 for the challenge, and the miles need to be tracked through Strava and outdoors. I personally have Strava pull the data from my Garmin watch because I’m not a huge fan of the app.
My goals are simple. I want to get moving again- preferably outside. My stretch goal? The CRC strava group has a weekly leaderboard, I’d love to break the top 100. This week’s leaderboard ranged from 45.5 to 17.3 miles. I don’t expect to go out and crush 46 miles to be #1 and honestly I don’t expect I’ll crush 17.5 this week to be #100, but I will by the end of January. #JeninesJanuaryChallenge