Last month, I wrote about my One Month, 100 Mile Challenge. It was a monster, but I completed my challenge! Well, I actually completed it on Cinco de Mayo. I don’t think there is a better way to celebrate a victory than by pouring yourself an ice cold margarita. Which is exactly what I did.
I won’t lie though, it was a tough challenge. Especially that first week (which is why I am calling “the learning curve”. Sorry, I couldn’t think of something more clever). Basically, I was running 3.5 miles a day and doing it poorly. It took me a lot of time to realize that it wasn’t that I was a bad runner, it was that I had no idea what I was doing. My form was terrible, I didn’t believe in pacing myself, and I was constantly forgetting how to breath.
Still, it was really empowering to know that I could make it. After week one, weeks two, three, and four were cake. By the end of it, four miles felt like nothing. I could have taken on the Eugene Marathon! I could not believe I had actually run 100 miles in just four weeks. Last time I talked to you about tips on how to begin the challenge, this time I want to give you tips for learning how to run.
- Keep good posture. Shoulders low, arms bent at the elbow but relaxed. I have an issue with tensing up my shoulders, which puts them right next to my ears when I run. A) That’s not a comfortable way to run and B) you get tired of doing it very quickly.
- Pace yourself. I cannot stress this enough. I would stretch and get so hyped up and ready to run that I would sprint right off the bat. Needless to say I tuckered myself out within the first mile, making the other 2.5 really miserable. Jogging might take longer but at least you will make it to end without feeling overly exhausted.
- Get a group. There were so many days I just did not want to make time to run. I just wanted to sit in my bed and be a vegetable. Finding a group of people who are excited about running was so influential. Not only did they hold me accountable, but they got me excited run with them every week.
- Also don’t forget to breath. I forgot. It was not fun.
This was such a great challenge, and I am already planning my second round. I’m really excited to keep running. Who knows, maybe by the end of summer I will run my first half marathon!