I had this idea a week or two ago ago. I wanted to challenge myself with some sort of activity every day and not feel down on myself if it was “just” walking or “just” running a mile or two.
Enter my mile a day challenge. For the month of May, I challenged myself to complete a mile a day of some activity. Walking, running, swimming, biking. It all counts. Those are all calories burned! So the mile counts.
Starting is generally the biggest problem I have. It’s so easy to take a day off. It’s hard for me to start a habit (and it takes, I think, 21 days to create a habit?)
I have a half marathon coming up in a couple of weeks. And I do post on Tuesdays with my training updates. I tend to take a day (or two or three) off because I can be a bit lazy or busy. I don’t want to have any excuses, though. I can take 20 minutes out of my day to walk a mile if I’m not able to get a full 30 or 60-minute workout in.
Oh, and I’m planning on carrying this out in June. If you want to see me get lazy, just check in with me the day after a race. I eat ALL THE STUFF in the house, and basically take over the couch. Not this time. I want to remain active. And I know that rest days are important. I just don’t think half of my week needs to be devoted to rest when I’ve only done the elliptical for 30-minutes per day. I also don’t think a walk (of a mile) is going to interfere with my training.
So my miles for the beginning of May:
May 1 – A mile of walking on the Wii. (I almost backed out of doing day ONE!)
May 2 – Ran 3.3 miles.
May 3 – Walked a mile in our neighborhood at 9:00 at night. Whatever it took to get a mile in.
May 4 – Ran 8 miles. That’s a lot of miles and no, my miles do not carry over to the rest of the week (because my husband just asked me that question.)
Care to join me? I’m using the hashtag #mileadayMay on Twitter and Instagram. I’m going to call my blog updates Mile-a-Day-Monday since I’ll be posting them on Mondays. And I’m inviting you to join me. It’ll be fun!