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!