So I had this idea that trying to do 100 Miles in May would be great and fun and cool and all of the above... annnnnd some days i think to myself "what the heck was I thinking!?" haha. But-without fail after every mile I feel pretty dang good so far and have no regrets! And I hope that is the same for you!
For those that have no idea whats going on, basically, the goal is to do 100 miles this month. It can be running, walking, biking, hiking, swimming, anything...whatever you like! But the car and motorbike dont count :P
We are halfway through already, but its never too late to jump on board, cut the miles in half if that makes it easier or more achievable for ya ;)
Here are 5 things I have found useful to getting those miles DONE and DUSTED!
1. ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE
“Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not.” —Dr. George Sheehan
Decide NOW! Dont wait, because that allows more time for justifications and "if's" and "buts". Make a decision, and in your mind, or even better on paper or your calendar, break it down and map out how you are going to achieve your goals. Most of the hard things in life are mental, so mentally preparing yourself is a great start!
- I broke down how many miles I will need to do a week, and then made smaller goals of how many I days of the week I plan to run, walk or bike. TIP: Biking is a great way to make up some of those missed miles!
2. DECK YOURSELF OUT
Seems crazy but its a real thing. Firstly it gets you excited to use them, but also looking good out there can really give you a mental boost, which is going to make the effort seem easier. Studies have shown that when you look the part you are more inclined to act the part. Quality, long-lasting, butt-squeezing, sweat-wicking materials can be pretty pricey. But if you are on a budget, there are plenty lower-cost imitators that do the job just fine. At the end of the day though, if you’re seeking out activewear’s positive psychological effects, anything that amps up your confidence will do. So treat yourself to some good gear, shoes, leggings, goggles, whatever will motivate you :)
3. START SLOW
This ones simple and tends to work every time. Ease into it, then pick up the pace when you feel warmed up. And on the larger monthly scale do the same thing, begin with fewer miles in the beginning of the month and build on the mileage as your stamina and fitness foundation increases.
4. TRACK YOUR MILES
There are so many awesome devices that can help you keep track of your health. Theres the fitbit, applewatch, ifit, etc just to name a few. Its a good way to keep track of not only your miles, but your time, your routes, and even altitude. You can also connect them to your playlist for all your music lovers, and every mile it will update you on your stats. I like to use t either the NIKE RUN CLUB app, its awesome and has helpful tips and motivation from NIKE master trainers and coaches and this app motivates me to keep moving because when ever you stop moving the phone it pauses. I also like to use MAP MY RUN app for when I'm biking or walking with the stroller, because it doesn't pause, and that way I can set it down and it will still track.
5. TAKE THE SCENIC ROUTE & SWITCH IT UP
Sometimes or possibly most times for many it feels like a chore. Take it from a chore to a chance to explore! Embrace your surroundings and enjoy the views. This helps to take your mind off the difficulties, and is quite therapeutic and refreshing for the mind. Constant change is key to keeping things interesting and avoid getting bored, but so is finding a special workout or course that you really love to take. Find those routes you love, and then switch it up in between.
Like I said earlier, IT IS NOT TOO LATE to jump on board #MILEHIGHMAY. If you do I would love to stay in the know! Tag me @rocamoon on instagram, or use the hashtag #MILEHIGHMAY so I can find ya! HAPPY MILES!