1. When you have a goal, announcing it and ANNOUNCING IT BIG holds you accountable to it. I told all my friends on Facebook that I was running for 100 days, and I held myself to it. There were plenty of days that I didn't want to go running, but I knew I'd have been embarrassed to tell people that I quit. Turns out that Facebook and peer pressure can actually do some good in the world. Tell your best friend, tell your spouse, tell your children, tell your co-workers, tell me, tell everyone your goal.
2. People are willing to help you and cheer for you. You just have to ask for the support. In December, I asked for friends to run with me in January, and 3 took on the challenge. In March, I asked for 100 people to go running with me, and 146+ said sure, why not. If you need help with your goal, ask for the help.
3. When you see your goal is too easy, you need to ramp it up! I had no idea what the 100 days would be like. I figured I would learn to run faster over the course of the streak, but I really wasn't pushing myself to do that until a few friends were running faster than me. That's when I realized that just going for a 10 minute run every day wasn't making me a better runner. I was not going to add mileage to my runs, so I decided to push myself to run just a bit faster each day. My mile time on day 1 was 11:24 and was 7:51 on day 98.
4. I really do have time to workout every day. You do too. I spend more time complaining about working out and scrolling on Facebook than I do actually working out. I do have an extra 10, 20, 30+ minutes every day that I can use to workout, whether that is running, lifting, or just stretching. Yes, my body needs rest days every now and then, but I do have 10 minutes a day. My legs would be gracious if I spent 10 minutes foam rolling and stretching on my rest days.
5. Running 1 mile every day is probably not going to help you lose weight. I didn't lose any weight during my marathon training, and my legs did not get any smaller during the past 100 days. I run because it is a hobby and a mental challenge. I did PiYo while running my 100 day streak because it was a low intensity workout that didn't cause a ton of strain to my legs, but without rest days in between runs, my muscles never got a chance to recover. I could never do really intense lifting or cardio because I knew my legs couldn't overdo it. If you're wanting to lose weight, look for a workout program in addition to running. We can talk.
6. I can't get down on myself about a crappy run. Pity parties serve no purpose. Are you having them too? Get it out, then shut it down. There are a lot of variables including quality of sleep, food, mood, what I did at work, what I did the day before, etc. Every run is not going to be my best run. A crappy run is a crappy run. It's still better than no run. It's done, reflect, move on to the next day, and do better.
7. It's so cool to see what I was able to accomplish over 100 days. I am a firm believer in doing small habits every day and seeing BIG results over a long period of time. If you start something TODAY and do it for 10-30 minutes every day for the next few weeks, you could accomplish something big too.
8. Start. That's it. Who cares if you don't have a plan. You'll figure it out as you go. That's what I did. I just started one day, and the momentum kept me going.
9. Also figure out what you're going to do when something comes up. Cold weather, sniffles, holidays, late nights at work, dentist appointments and snow boots, and MOVING TO ATLANTA. They were all things that could have gotten in my way, but I always looked ahead at my schedule and figured out where I was going to fit in 10 minutes of running. When you say no excuses, mean no excuses. It's easier to do something 100% than it is 99%. When I used to see runners running in the rain, I'd think to myself, man, I will never be that crazy obsessed with something. But here's the thing. Those runners don't want to be running outside in the rain. They hate it, but they made a commitment to themselves and aren't going to give up on it. Successful people do what unsuccessful people do not do. (And actually, if it was raining outside, I would pay $10 to use a treadmill at a gym. But that's another story.)
10. I can do anything. I really can. I completed a freaking marathon. I ran 100 days in a row. My fastest mile time is 7:51 !!! These are as much mental accomplishments as they are physical accomplishments.
I used to hate running. In elementary school, I would always pretend to be tying my shoe so I didn't have to run. Running was my least favorite part about playing soccer. I did anything I could to avoid running. I took on running because I wanted to prove to myself I could do something without quitting. I wanted to change something that I was really bad at into something that I was really good at. This is a huge life lesson. I don't walk into parties or interviews ashamed or bashful anymore. Well, kinda. I'm still an introvert. But now I know I have a story to tell. I know that I am awesome. I accomplished something huge and ridiculous. And there's nothing wrong or boastful about calling yourself awesome. I am positive you are awesome too! I know that you can do anything you want. Just do it. Your mind controls what your body does. It will take some time, but you can do or get whatever it is you want.
It was a great 100 days. And it was so cool to see everyone's 1 mile on March 8, 2016. Thank you for helping me with my journey.
Here is a thank you video:
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