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I’ve got one success to share, and it’s big enough to count for all three small ones. This morning, I got up to drive my daughter to work by 7, then headed to the YMCA. I was tired and a little sore and not quite awake yet, but I hopped on the treadmill and started a run. I ran 2 miles — though the last .50 was a cool-down walk — and logged it in Nike+ and then almost started crying for joy.
Today I completed a run streak of 30 days!
I decided out of the blue at the end of May that I would run every day in the month of June, even if it was a single mile on the treadmill at the Y. And even though there were days I didn’t want to go running, I did it anyway. There were some days where I ran and then walked the dog around the block or through the woods (always at least 1.5 miles) to get him more exercise. I counted those long dog walks in Nike+, too, because I was out and moving. But I didn’t count the long dog walks as a run. If I walked Frodo Waggins, I also ran at another time dusing the day.
I have gone 95.6 miles in the month of June! My total miles on Nike+ is now 740.15. And I need a new pair of running shoes again. (These have 298 miles on them, and I have a Couch to 5K workout tomorrow that will put me over the 300 mile mark that signifies it’s time to start breaking in a new pair of shoes.) As you can see from my face above, I am pretty dang happy about this whole thing. I was so happy, I nearly started crying right there on the treadmill at the Y.
I’ve been talking about this whole thing on Snapchat all month, and was even on Jennifer Fulwiler’s show on June 20 to talk about it. If you’re on Snapchat, you can look me up as CatholicMomVA and see me giggling like an idiot because I ran again today. (I didn’t really feel like an idiot. If you’ll pardon the French, I felt more like a badass when I was done. But I still nearly cried for joy.) I’m still somewhat amazed that I managed to keep going through this whole thing. There were definitely days when I didn’t want to run, but most of the time I felt amazing once I pushed myself to get out there.
One thing I said on Snapchat and on Jen’s show is this: anyone can be a runner. You don’t need to have a certain body type, and you don’t need to be fast. You just need to get out and run somewhere. (Do be sure you have a good pair of shoes! You don’t want shin splints!) I did my first Couch to 5K workout on May 31, 2014, and I couldn’t run for a whole minute without wanting to cry. I certainly didn’t want to run for 30 days in a row, even if I could do something like that. (I couldn’t.) I couldn’t even walk at a 20:00 pace for more than a couple of minutes without wanting to rest. But little by little, I pushed myself and did a little more every time I went out. I learned how to read my body’s signals and differentiate between wanting to stop and needing to stop. And eventually I could run an entire 5K without stopping.
So today I’m celebrating this Big Success: my Thirty-Day Run Streak. What are you celebrating today? Tell me in the comments or blog about it and leave a link at CatholicMom.com!