Day 25: Nike Run Club

Last March I joined a Nike Run Club challenge with a few co-workers. My first son had just turned a year old. I hadn’t workout since before he was born- and of course I didn’t work out during pregnancy either. So needless to say, it had been a long while since I had worked out. I needed a support group and a sense of connection- the run club provided both of those!

I joined the challenge. Set out to run 30 miles in the month of March. My husband laughed when I told him. I laughed too. Like I said, it had been a while. Surprisingly, I completed the first challenge!

The following month, they increased the challenge to 50 miles. I thought, “I can do this!”. I was energized and feeling good. Unfortunately, I pushed myself a little too hard on some rundown running shoes. My knees couldn’t keep up, even after icing them. About halfway through the challenge, I stopped. That was last April. 

Fast forward to this year! March 2021. The early days of March had me itching to get outside -to get my heartbeat up a bit and get my legs pumping. I told myself to ask my co-workers if they were going to start up a challenge. By the end of the week, I finally remembered to ask them. Turns out, it’s the first one they started up since summer. The challenge was back to 30 miles! “Can I join?!?” I started six days late with twenty five days left in the month of March to hit 30 miles. I could do this!

Okay, so, when to get these runs in? The mornings really aren’t the best option. The middle of the night is still a little unpredictable with Ollie, so I’ll take as much sleep as I can. Starting my day even earlier to run is an absolute “no thanks”.  So, I opted to run at the very end of the day. Also, not the greatest. Long days, so I am already tired. (Typical excuse, I know!). When I nurse Ollie at the end of the day, it’s dark and quiet. We rock together for close to an hour. After an hour, I’m relaxed and VERY sleepy. Most nights I managed to put on my running shoes and drove off to the gym. Weekends are the best because I can run outside while the boys are napping. 

I am 25 days into the challenge. I’ve run about 24 miles. With six days left, I can do this!

16 Replies to “Day 25: Nike Run Club”

  1. So inspiring! I have never been a first thing in the morning work out girl or an evening one….years ago I would pack and bag and go on my way home from work because I knew that if I go home and comfortable, I was done! I have been trying to get out on nice days before dinner….I love that even though you missed the first few days, you will make your goal this month! Maybe I should set a goal next month like this!!! Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  2. Congrats on getting back into running! Feel free to put in fewer miles than the group recommends so that you avoid injury. Your muscles will get stronger faster than your connective tissue (ligaments and tendons) so it’s easy to feel that your legs are ready for more miles before your knees are. Good luck!

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    1. I have really been soaking in this advice. Thank you so much! You seem knowledgable… May I ask…
      I am not sure what to do next. My knees aren’t killing at all. And actually feel fine more of the run, but a dull throb. Walking around is perfectly fine. However, when I am just sitting/relaxing I notice the dull pain. Should I stop for a while and do some physical activity that wouldnt require jumping/running. I could swim and do some strength training. Not sure how long I should pause running. Please help!

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      1. Yes, when you have knee pain, you should do cross training rather than run or jump. Swimming and strength training are great options. If the pain persists, you should see a doctor.

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  3. Okay first, with a newborn, not wanting to work out at the end of the day because you are tired is bit an excuse! It’s a reality! Honestly, even without a newborn, if you’re over 30 it’s a reality, lol.

    I am so impressed with your dedication! I hope you make it to your goal!

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