Conquering 100 miles in 30 days.

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I did it! 

I set a goal to run 100 miles in 30 days. I ran 109 miles.

“Some runs make you feel invincible, some runs make you feel defeated. Every run makes you stronger.” -RWM

So often people tell me running isn’t working out, people tell me it’s such an “easy way to burn calories”. Please, answer this: are the calories still easy to burn when you have sweat streaming down your face in the middle of mile 6, your back and feet hurt and you want nothing more than to quit?

Here’s how I did it. I’ve always ran a bit here and there, but the last couple years I’ve really started to focus on weight training and high intensity workouts. I basically threw out cardio and everything I knew about it. 

Last month my husband looked at me during lunch after church one day and said “what’s your next goal?” without skipping a beat, I said I was going to run 100 miles in 30 days, and honestly I surprised myself when it came flying out of my mouth. 

I started slow, I pulled out my favorite Spotify playlist and started running. one mile, two miles, and eventually I was running almost 5 miles a day. 

I had no idea how much enjoyment I would get out of it. Some days I ran on the treadmill and watched MLB, other days I ran outside and shuffled through “A Day To Remember” Spotify radio. I woke up around 4:45 AM before work for runs as well as after work and late nights when it started to cool down (clearly I’m not very bright, I picked August to set a running goal). My body was tired after my runs, but my body was also nourished with sustainable foods to fight off fatigue.

I relied solely on my Apple Watch to track my miles and pace. And I used my Dot Journal to diligently keep track of what I had accomplished during those 30 days.

Moral of the story; if you have a goal or a dream, take the first step and then another step, and eventually one step turns into multiple and then thousands and before you know it you have succeeded.

I owe a huge thank you to the people who kept me accountable and gave me so much encouragement along the way. Thank you a million times over.