I was so inspired by the young girl in this video, I decided to embark on my own “give it 100”, or commitment to doing something everyday, for 100 days. (yes, I have more than 100 days until my 100-miler but I figured the “100 to 100” visualization would be helpful for me mentally…a mile per day? :))
SO! my “give it 100” challenge to myself involves doing two things which are indirectly related to my training plan but aren’t specifically running (i’m already doing that!).
#1 = NO SUGAR/PROCESSED JUNK FOR 100 DAYS
Those who know me well know that I have a ridiculous sweet tooth. However, I do believe it goes beyond the average person’s love of chocolate & has deeper roots with me. With the 100-day challenge I intend to begin to rid myself of that emotional/physiological reliance on fake energy and replace it with wholesome, nourishing foods which will support, rather than inhibit my growth. I generally have a very healthy diet and I am fortunate enough to not have to rely on crap food to live. I DO have choices.
My “sugar problem” also tends to exacerbate my mood swings and eczema. Dry itchy skin and dramatic energetic high & lows are seriously not worth that delicious cupcake.
(this is my favorite running motivation photo….love Ellie!)
#2 = BEGIN A DAILY YOGA PRACTICE
Now, with all the running and working and single-parenting and chores and kid-taxiing and lawn-mowing, where the hell am I going to find time to do yoga??? When I lived in Seattle, I used to sneak off to a 90 minute Bikram hot-yoga class in Ballard…that little slice of heaven helped me immeasurably on so many levels – physically, emotionally, spiritually. I have tried over the years to integrate yoga into my “training plan” and whenever I do it, I am rewarded in spades. Even just 15 minutes on my old yoga mat with my Bikram book or a video. It is worth it and I can do it. Not only will it help my flexibility and strength as a runner, but I also find yoga to be one of the best anti-anxiety, anti-depressant and body-awareness practices around.
My goal for yoga is at least 15 minutes a day, more if time allows. Everyone has 15 minutes.
So here I go! 100 days starts tomorrow. I will check in here, periodically, as we all know that public accountability is a major motivator. 🙂
to new beginnings!