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30-day Running Challenge: Days 1 and 2

Rob suggested last night that maybe we can run 30 days in a row. It’s an idea I’ve been tossing around for a while, so I said yes. Here are the rules.

  1. Run every day.
  2. Each run must be at least 30 minutes long.

Simple, right? Well, we’ll see. So far, so good. I won’t blog about the challenge every day, but I’ll keep you updated every few days or so.

Day 1: 5 miles in 54:58 (11:00)

Pushed it today and it felt good. We started running again this season on Tuesday, and I hadn’t run faster than 12-min miles yet, which is sad, considering that I ran my marathon in an 11:02 mile average. Sure, I haven’t (hardly) run since the marathon (bad, I know. But my lungs do not like the cold), but still.

Day 2: 5 miles in 1:01:18 (12:16)

Ugh. I was having some pains today. I need to be pretty serious about stretching, I think. Man, these calves! And today,  some groin pain. On top of that, I hadn’t had much water before the run and it was a little warm in the sunny parts of the route, so I just took it nice and slow. Even though I wanted to quit, I just settled into my mantras and stopped listening to that negative voice in my head. Just one foot in front of the other. After about 3.5 miles, Rob took off and finished in 55 minutes! He’s so good at this. I’m getting there!

Who else out there is picking up the workouts? How is it going?

P.S. I’m working on the Rome blogs! Coming soon, I promise!

2 thoughts on “30-day Running Challenge: Days 1 and 2

  1. Beth

    24 Apr on 2009 at 21:17

    Oooh! This sounds fun. I’m NOT going to run every day for 30 days, but I just signed up for the Coban half marathon in Guatemala for May 17. Should be interesting! You guys are starting with lots of miles–maybe you are in pain b/c it’s too much too soon? Just a thought. Keep it up, though! :)

    • xgravity23

      23 May on 2009 at 21:09

      @Beth: Yeah, we didn’t keep up with this. It just took up too much time that we don’t really have right now. We might try again in August when neither of us is working full time.