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This is the goal I’m focusing on.

I first learned of the 100 day goal idea, here on Inc.com.

Sure, there are a lot of things I would like to accomplish in this time including –

Growing my blog to 3,000 monthly readers, freelancing for a number of publications, growing social media follower numbers for an ad agency I work for and eventually I would LOVE to run a 17:00 5K in a road race. All of these are goals I will continue to work for while doing this other thing. But it begs the question…

Why did I choose running 500 miles to accomplish over 100 days?

For starters, I want to be a more consistent recreational runner. Setting aside one hour every day to move my body and focus on something other than a computer screen would be really refreshing. An average of five miles in this allotted 100 days, forces me to do something every day. It stretches me past the typical four mile loop and prevents me from sitting on the couch all night.

Which brings me to my next point…

The winters here in the Midwest get p-retty brutal. It’s easy to hibernate during negative temps and 20+ mph winds. It might have toughened me up in my collegiate running years, but I’m definitely wary of it now. I need a goal to actually go outside. The frost on my chin, feeling of ice in my chest and battling gusts on the gravel roads was fun with teammates, but alone? That’s no picnic.

Speaking of picnic….

The colder it gets, the more pot pies I eat. 

And this, my friends, is not a light dish. I grew up on low sodium, vegetarian chili topped with reduced fat cheddar cheese in the hippie highlands of Colorado. My boyfriend, Steve, on the other hand, survived in the deep woods of Minnesota on potatoes, sour cream and A1. He conveniently introduced me to these foods when I was injured and not running four years ago. An additional 10 lbs. later and I was hooked on the creamy, salty taste of homemade comfort food.

It would be nice to return to the hot dish for seconds, knowing I had 5 miles under my belt that day and not 5 extra pounds.

500 miles in 100 days is simple enough to accomplish, but this will take daily dedication. Every goal needs a plan.

Here’s my approach:

  1. No Pressure….at first. Don’t force yourself to hit the daily mileage every day in the first few weeks. I plan to build up to weeks with longer runs and higher intensity workouts near the end and make up for these miles later. But this approach will definitely require some planning.
  2. Make A Schedule. Every week I’ll write out what I want to accomplish and the time of day that will be most convenient to run. It will force me to stay on track while also understanding my other, daily work obligations.
  3. Include Workouts. Workouts make mileage go by MUCH faster. In high school and college even the toughest runs went by quickly with mental and physical challenges in the middle. Sure, it feels nice to go easy every day, but this doesn’t do anyone any good, and makes regular routes feel stale. Bi-weekly workouts will make training more interesting, but to do so I’ll need to keep the body in top shape outside of my runs.
  4. Stay healthy. Nutritious foods and plenty of water will contribute to a healthy immune system, but that’s not the part I’m worried about. After experience with tendonitis, stress fractures and compartment syndrome, I’ll need to do exercises and stretches before and after runs to maintain consistency in my training.
  5. Write about it! Honestly, I don’t think anything will keep me more accountable or consistent with this goal than sharing it right now with you all. Talking about the highs and lows of any goal with family, friends and in this case, a blogging community, creates an environment of support. I am excited to write about my progress on this blog.

Start Date: November 1st, 2017

End Date: February 9th, 2018

What goals do you want to accomplish? I look forward to hearing about them! See comment note below but I’ll update you with any progress…still waiting for improvements. Thank you for reading! Talk soon ♥️ E

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