Sometimes I need a little help to stay motivated and moving in the right direction. Left to my own devices, without influences from the outside world, I could easily sit around alternating hours of reading books and TV show marathons. It’s not a realistic life plan, I know, especially since things like my children and my husband would most definitely get in the way, but sometimes it is a heavy temptation. Enter my love of running, which contrasts directly with my love of sitting around on my ass all day long. Most days I am highly motivated to go for a run and even plan my whole day around my runs, but sometimes I have excuses for hours on why I’m not lacing up my running shoes. Signing up for the 2,015 miles in 2015 team challenge coordinated by Run the Edge, was/is a huge running commitment for me. Tracking my miles, following the runner support page, and having a team committed with me all seem like they should be stimulus enough to keep on track with this goal, but I worried that they wouldn’t be enough. I worried that I would fall off track and not be able to find the inspiration to keep going thereby letting myself down and worse, letting my team down. I found my backup motivation plan from I <3 To Run with their #100DaysOfMiles Challenge.
#100DaysOfMiles is not a running streak, but a goal to run at least one mile for 100 days in 2015, you have 365 days to complete the challenge. There are 4 very simple rules for this challenge:
#1 Never go 3 days without running
#2 Run at least 3 days a week
#3 Never miss a Monday
#4 Never give up!
Thank goodness I found this challenge because these simple rules, that I could have made up for myself if I was so inclined, have helped me stay the course both for the 2,015 miles in 2015 and with my race training plans. There is a church billboard I run by on my longer runs, which reads, “Treat goals like recipes; take them one step, one ingredient at a time.” The four rules of #100DaysOfMiles have become my recipe, my steps towards my run-miles quotas in January and in February and beyond. Baby steps on my long-range goal make everything seem more possible on my big 2015 goal.
I missed my first Monday of the year yesterday (using 19.3 race miles as an excuse) but I’m enacting rule number four above and not giving up on my way to 100 days of miles and 800+ running miles in 2015.
Do you break your year-long goals into pieces? How do you continuously motivate yourself towards your longer range goals?