So I think I saw this on twitter or somewhere, someone saying they were challenging themselves to run a mile a day for a month.
I thought this was an interesting idea, and a good way to shake up my normal workout routine at the moment. I hope running everyday will motivate me, and improve my speed over a short distance. This goal will be hard for me to stick to in two different ways.
It’s only a mile though, I hear you say. Well that actually is problem number one. It’s only a mile. That’s not very far, and there is something very Unsatisfying about connecting to nike+ and seeing your total km barely change and so forth. Progress will feel minimal I suspect. I love looking and seeing I outran last week, last month etc, and I think I will struggle to stick to the shorter distance.
I started yesterday, when I managed one mile on the treadmill for my evening gym session. The idea actually was brought to mind because I was struggling to run even that having eaten my dinner not long before. Essentially it was a way for me to justify not running very far, but having thought about it overnight I think I could actually benefit and learn about my running ability and motivation from the challenge. So out I went this morning and ran the 2km round the block. Which is just over a mile I know. But it was a convenient loop and I didn’t want to stop running that close to home. See, as I said, it will be a struggle. Particularly since on learning I will definitely be moving back to Leeds in the next few weeks (YAY) I signed up to the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k in November. More on my training for that to follow.
Which leads me (no pun intended) onto the second reason why this challenge will be particularly tricky for me: house hunting and moving 4 hours across the country and still finding the time to run every day. It can be hard to run when you feel you have a lot going on, it’s easy just to promise yourself you’ll make up for skipping a day by running further another day. I’m hoping this challenge will help me to kick that habit.
So, my first run yesterday of 1 mile took me 9mins 30secs. This seems like a good base pace to improve upon. Today I did 2.1km in 11min 20sec, since my pace was 5’24 mins/km I’d estimate that to be 8.40 mins for the mile. An improvement already, probably due to the fact I ran on the road not the treadmill today. Another thing I’m keen to see during this challenge – how the setting affects my performance.
I will aim to update every week how I am getting on, along with other general posts!
I will also attach nike+ analysis photos. So you know I’m not fibbing!