After I finished the Zooma Holiday Challenge, I took a few days off. Then, on January 1st, the Love Run Challenge started. This challenge is basically a run/walk streak. I am running, walking, or biking at least one mile a day until February 14th. Because this challenge began right on the heels of the Holiday Challenge, I've truly gotten into a routine.
|According to Strava, I've done 66 miles this month, and that doesn't include the walks.|
Usually, I run every-other-day or so. On days I don't run, I do nothing. Sometimes doing nothing leads to a kind of inertia, and one day of rest becomes two, two becomes three, and three becomes a whole week of sitting on the couch. The has forced consistency of this challenge has had an unexpected impact on my mindset.
|I'm trying to get on the Peloton at least once a week.|
Adding walks to my non-running days has given me mental balance — I no longer feel lazy or depressed on days I don't work out. Plus, when I go on evening walks, Matt tends to join me, so it gives us both a chance to get out of the apartment and spend time together without screens to distract us.
|We've explored a couple new parks and our neighborhood on walks this month.|
Another thing that has surprised me with the Love Run Challenge so far is how weirdly easy it's been to commit. I never thought a physical tracking chart in plain view would motivate me to keep a commitment to myself, but it really has. The chart is great positive feedback, and at this point completing my daily activity feels non-negotiable. It's just...something I'm going to get done.
|Rain or shine, I'm getting it done! At this point I've really weathered my fear of running in cold rain.|
No matter the weather or time of day, I've made it happen.
Daily exercise has also made adding just a little bit of arms and abs daily feel totally doable. If I'm already moving and warmed up, it's not hard to do a few minutes when I get home, and I feel like doing a little bit a day is more effective than doing a longer set once or twice a week.
The last time I did a run streak was in 2014; I remember feeling committed and I definitely got stronger and faster, but I also felt a little burned out by the time it was over. I hope when this challenge ends, I'll have undergone a true lifestyle change that will stick with me.
The bottom line is that I feel like I'm getting a lot out of this, which I honestly wasn't really expecting, and I'm so glad Skirt Sports merged with Zooma and put it on my radar. Zooma offers these sorts of challenges all year round, and I think I'll stick with it. If I do a challenge every season, who knows where I'll be this time next year?
PS: Skirt Sports is back from its brief hiatus, now with Zooma owner Sarah Ratzlaff at the wheel. You can snap up some of the winter looks and get 20% off with code SKIRTISBACK this week! You may even see a familiar face on the new website if you look hard enough.