I started a personal challenge on July 2, 2012. I challenged myself to do something workout-related every day for the next 100 days.
I’m easily distracted and knew I needed to use just about every trick in my hat to stay motivated. I’m honest when I say that now, on Day 32, I’m having a tough time staying motivated. If you’re interested in following my daily workouts, you can check in on me on dailymile.com .
My workouts were also showing up on Facebook, but I’ve opted to unlink the two programs for the remainder of my challenge.
Why, you ask, did I decide to do a 100 day personal challenge? I give full credit to John “the Penguin” Bingham and his wife, Coach Jenny Hadfield. John had a series of injuries in 2010 which prevented him from running for several months. He and Jenny came up with the idea of the 100 Days challenge to kick off 2011. They opened the challenge up to anyone & everyone to “move intentionally for at least 30 minutes every day.” I participated & completed the challenge … although I didn’t do the challenge the way they had designed it. So when they announced they would be starting a new challenge on January 1, 2012, I was determined to complete the challenge the way they had designed it to be done … daily.
I was trucking along and made it to Day 47 before a muscle pull in my calf sidelined me. I sadly ended my streak in order to let my muscles heal. What I failed to realize is I could have continued my streak by shifting my concentration off of roadwork to doing other things like working on my core fitness. Lesson learned!
I heard one personal trainer say the best way to getting in shape is to vary the workouts. So I do. I’ve downloaded a half marathon training program that has 4 days of road work per week which allows me 3 days of active rest & cross training.
One activity I do enjoy, and it’s actually a great motivator for me, is to chunk my days into groups of 10. (remember, I’m easily distracted) Days 10, 20, 30, … , are designated Wine Days. I treat myself to a glass of wine after my workout. In order to keep me honest on my days, I bought a giant 100s chart and a packet of large shiny star stickers from our local education shoppe. I finish a workout, I slap a star on the chart. Yes, I am one of those odd ducks that will work for stickers.
So what happens when I come to the end of my 100 Days of Fitness? Well, two things. First I’ll treat myself to something really special. I haven’t decided on this yet, but it will be workout related (most likely clothes or shoes). Second, I’ll start a new challenge: 100 Days of Cardio. 🙂