I’m challenging myself to run every day in May. I’ve never been a long-distance runner, but I love to run and enjoy the happy endorphins it offers when it’s over. As the quote goes, “I don’t love to run, but I love to have ran.” That’s me.
My life is crazy busy, just like most full-time working moms. Throw single parenting into that mix and there is very little time to work out. Luckily, my boys and I are a team and whether it’s them or me, we support the other when one of us sets a goal. I told them my personal challenge of running every day in May and they have been nothing but encouraging and helpful.
Some days they run with me. Other days, they read or hang out at the gym while I run the treadmill. Whether they are running with me or having to entertain themselves while I run, I keep the distance two miles. Then, when they are with their dad, I can get longer runs in.
My boyfriend, Matthew, is a much better runner than I. He typically runs four to eight miles, while I hover around the two to four-mile range. Nevertheless, we like to run together when we can. He has to slow his pace for me, but he’s a good sport about it. I’m grateful for that.
These challenges have become something of a habit for both him and me. In January, we challenged ourselves to no drinking. Not that we’re big drinkers, but we do enjoy wine or a good beer occasionally. Then during Lent, we gave up gluten, which was very interesting and encouraged us to try new recipes and foods we may not otherwise have tried.
This month, I’m running but since Matthew already runs a lot, so he has a different challenge. His challenge is to do 50 push-ups a day for 50 days in a row. So far, he’s on a roll.
I’m already learning a few good lessons along the way, such as:
1). Excuses are a waste of breath.
2). With a little strategic creativity, I can always find time to work out.
3). My boys are learning life lessons by watching me achieve these challenges.
4). We’re never too old to set new goals.
5). Stop and smell the roses. Even though I’m running, I always stop to snap a few photos.
I’m almost halfway through the month and things are going well so far. There have been a few days where I was only able to get a one-mile run in but hey, it’s better than nothing and more than I would’ve ran had I not established this challenge.
I encourage you to find a challenge for yourself. We’re accustomed to setting goals around the New Year or maybe during Lent, but why not pick a random month and set a goal for yourself? You’ll be happy you did. And if you have kids in your life, they will learn a lot by watching you. Negativity in this world is abundant. Offer some positive vibes into your life and in the lives of those you love.