Monday, January 9, 2012

Cupcakes and a challenge

Yesterday after the race I ran some errands before going home, which included picking up these yummy treats from Katie's Cupcakes in Fairhaven.

The flavors are mint cookies & cream, chocoholic, carrot cake, and peanut butter banana fudge.

I love cupcakes and these were moist and flavorful, just the way I like them. A delicious way to celebrate my new PR! (Don't worry, I didn't eat all of them. My boyfriend had two, but of course I made him share a couple bites with me so I could try all four flavors.)

While in Fairhaven I stopped by Fairhaven Runners & Walkers to drop off my race registration for another half marathon this Saturday. I had been holding off on registering until I knew that there was a good chance of decent weather.

Fairhaven Runners & Walkers is doing a 30 day challenge starting January 15. The rules are simply to work out everyday for 30 days in order to make exercise a habit. Normally I don't participate in challenges like this, but what caught my attention was earning a free Bellingham trails map upon completion (a $5 value), and the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for cool prizes. It'll also be good to have a goal to work towards. I've been feeling a bit aimless lately since I'm not training for anything in particular right now.

I've decided that my personal challenge will be to run (at least) one and a half miles a day for the 30 days. I chose that distance because if I run from my house up the road until the sidewalk ends, it's just under two miles. Also for the days that I go to the gym it seems silly to just hop on the treadmill for a mile. 15 minutes seems like a good amount of time, but isn't too long so I can still get some cross training in as well.

I admit I'm actually nervous about completing this challenge. I've never worked out 30 days in a row, let alone run 30 days in a row. I tried doing a streak of at least three miles a day last June and it only lasted 11 days. But one and a half miles should definitely be more achievable. The hardest part will be making time on the non-race days while I'm down at Disneyland later this month.

What's your longest running streak? Are you participating in any fitness challenges right now, or planning to later this year?

1 comment:

  1. I think my longest streak is 4 days, but I've never put my mind to going longer than that - it just happened to work out that I had to run 4 days in a row to fit my mileage into my schedule!