October is a big month. It’s my birthday month and the 21st marks my last day of maternity leave. I have mixed emotions about going back to work, but that is an entirely different story for another time perhaps.
Anyways, on the first day of the month I was mulling over things and a wild brain idea entered my head – I should run one mile everyday in October. Interesting…
See, for the better part of the last four weeks I have been trying to be healthier. I have been eating better and taking long walks with one of the girls in the BOB Stroller.
I have also been doing a few exercise things at home when I’m crunched for time or even the opposite, when I have a little bit of extra time. Jogging is something I have definitely wanted to ease myself back into and I have gone on probably two jog/walks, that to be quite honest, were really just long walks that started out with the briefest of a jog.
Running just one mile a day would certainly help get me back into jogging. It would be challenging in that I haven’t been running for pretty much the past two years (back to back pregnancies), yet the short distance would make it attainable.
As the day continued I liked the idea more and more, but wasn’t exactly able to get out for a jog because E is still too young to ride in stroller while jogging and Matt was at work. No babysitter = no jogging at this point in time. With that, I pretty much told myself that this hair brained idea just wasn’t going to happen.
Well Matt got home shortly after 5pm and we did the dinner time/bedtime routine with the girls. The run a mile a day in October idea was still there though, rolling around in the back of mind, but the day was slipping away. It just wasn’t going to happen I kept telling myself. Then it was 720 pm, the girls were asleep, and it wasn’t quite dark out. A little more hemming and hawing before I told myself to just go for it. With my sneakers laced up I announced that I was gonna run a “quick mile.” Matt was surprised but said “Go get ‘em Tiger” as I headed out the door.
I’m glad I went for it. I’m on Day #3 and already it hasn’t been without it’s challenges to get those three miles down in the books. I would like to be able to run every single mile, and I’m going to try my hardest to make that happen. But the reality is that I’m a mom to two small littles, I have a family, and I’m about to go back to work. Somedays it may have to be a long walk with the BOB because there’s no one to watch the kiddos or, worst case scenario, there might be some days where it just cannot happen. Now that I’ve started I really, really would like to complete this little personal challenge, but if a wrench gets thrown in I’m just going to do my best and start again the next day.
As a bit of motivation I’m posting an Instagram picture of my running shoes everyday with the hashtag #31OctMiles. I realize it’s day 3, but if you want to join in… please do!!! The more the merrier.