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I’m not a runner, but I want to be…

30 day challenge: exercise outside your comfort zone.

I thought long and hard about this one, mostly because I’m fully aware of what “outside my comfort zone is”, and I didn’t really want to do it.

Hills.

I capital h.a.t.e running hills.I will run super boring routes to avoid hills. I will drive my car and THEN run to avoid running hills. Seriously, running is hard enough on flat terrain. Hills make it torture.

So, with begrudging trepidation, I headed out, reminding myself how proud I’d be when I was done. I ran down Sandy Blvd, up Fairview Parkway and into Gresham. One giant, fatty hill. The whole way.

And then my Garmin wasn’t working. It kept time for me, but wouldn’t calculate my miles covered or my pace until about 3/4 of a mile in. This really isn’t the end of the world, but it skews my stats at the end and part of the reward is seeing 4+ miles staring back at me.

Oh well. The good news was that I had a new playlist (thank you Matty B and U2) and of course the fact that when you go up one giant, fatty hill, you get to COME DOWN!!! Oh bliss…

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It’s lying. I KNOW I was going faster than 10:46, and I KNOW I did more than 3 miles – probably closer to 4. Sigh. Matty B, HELP ME!

Still, I do feel proud, and I don’t need my Garmin to tell me that:)

30 day challenge- Friday, #26: do some gardening, yard work or play outside with your kids. I actually did both of these today! At school we took Jr. High over to do some yard work at our librarian’s house. I was pulling weeds and trimming ivy like crazy! Then after school, Matty B and I took the kids to the park. J Man and I ran some races and drew with some sidewalk chalk. Good times!

Saturday, #10: do not buy any food or beverages today. Eat what you have at home. Another easy one. For money and health reasons, we rarely eat out. In addition, most meals out aren’t very relaxing with two energetic kiddos. Sweet Tomatoes works well for us. Otherwise, it really is easier to eat at home. This “challenge” was definitely a gimme.

I’m 1/3 of the way through the challenge. I’m realizing that I’ve been using up all the “easy” ones pretty quickly. I may have my work cut out for me in the coming weeks!

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2 responses »

  1. Yep, every time I run up a hill, I continue to say to myself, “What comes up, must come down”. After repeating that about twenty times, I usually reach the top of the hill, and then it’s time to run down! *sigh*

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  2. I totally need a mantra like that! Maybe I’ll steal yours:)

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