I am not a huge fan of celebrating new year’s eve and am usually tucked up in bed well before it is time to link arms and sing Auld Lang Syne. However, I love getting up on new year’s day and going for a run. It always feels as if you have somehow wiped the slate clean and the next twelve months are full of possibilities and potential. I usually have a few events lined up to help motivate me to get outside and run but this year my mum, my sister and I are going to try and complete the 1000 mile challenge.
We don’t really have any strict rules but we are aiming to discount the random steps. The idea is that the miles we log are intentional walks or runs outside rather than walking around the house or the office. It will work out at just over 19 miles per week or just under 3 miles per day. My mum lives in Northern Ireland, I live in East Anglia and my sister lives in Brighton so we are not able to walk together daily but we can motivate each other by keeping track of the others' progress and going for walks when we do meet up.
This is a different kind of challenge for me and I think I will find it harder than cramming in a few weeks of training before an event. Finding time to log a few miles each day in London near my office will be better than trying to cover 19 miles every weekend so it will hopefully make me get out of the office more than usual at lunch time.
Although I really enjoy the outdoors, having a goal really helps on those winter days when sitting in front of the fire with a book is more appealing than going out for a run.
Unfortunately, even though I usually love new year’s day runs, today was one of those days when I was feeling a little bit under the weather and more inclined to sit by the fire than wrap up and go for a run. It was the thought of getting in a few extra miles on the 1000 mile challenge that got me out the door today. I felt really sluggish and it was a fairly dull and uninspiring day but I kept going to hit my target of 5 miles. So that is 5 miles down, 995 miles to go and I am looking forward to wherever the trails may take me in 2018.