100KM Run Challenge: Join Me!

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100KM Run Challenge - April 2017

I like to be challenged. When I have a goal, I am very good at charging ahead with incredible focus and dedication – so when I joined Weight Watchers last September, I was determined to drop 51lbs by June 2017. My laser focus tendencies kicked in and I rocked meal planning, tracking my foods, seeking inspiration on the WW Connect app and even with adding exercise to my seriously sedimentary life.

Month 1 was easy because my motivation was high. I lost 5.5lbs. While most loose that much in their first week, I clearly was establishing my turtle status early on. Each month I have deeply rooted myself into the ‘slow to loose’ group, but I’m still on a downward trajectory and following the program. So this is a good thing. Right?

Technically it is a great thing. I am down 33lbs in total (lost 8lbs last summer just prior to joining WW). Whoo Hoo! But my limited progress the last two months has me looking at why I only lost 2lbs in March and no weight in February. I went from being a turtle to being stuck in the mud.

Well, I didn’t have to look too far to figure it out. My weekends have become too relaxed with what I’m eating with limited tracking, and I’m struggling to find the motivation to run/walk now that I have started a new job…and I’ve even been neglecting my writing, which is my therapy.

No excuses, I own it all. It’s been my choice to eat poorly or too much and to skip a run because I’m tired. It’s easy to say I’ll get back to blogging tomorrow… But that is where bad habits ignite and I committed to myself that I would be more intentional about not living like that anymore. I’ve made way too much progress in the last seven months to take steps back. It’s not just the 33lbs lost, but I enjoy running and let’s call out the elephant in the room, blogging helps keep my crazy at bay – ok, maybe not, but it makes me feel better in the moment.

So why I am I sabotaging myself? I have no idea. But instead of dwelling on it, I’m pushing forward. Intentionally.

I like to be challenged.

To get back to my laser focus, I have given myself a new challenge. And it’s a biggie. I have committed to running 100KM in April. Right now I am running maybe 60KM a month, so this is a big stretch – but I know I can do it. If I try. I just need to put the effort into proving to myself that I CAN DO THIS.

To keep myself honest throughout the challenge, I have created a 30-Day 100KM Run Challenge that I thought I’d share – each week I will update it with kilometers completed. So If I don’t achieve the weekly kilometer challenge, the following week will really suck. Knowing how sucky it will be should be motivation enough for me to run all 100KMs in April.

Erin’s 100KM Run Challenge Plan

Erin's 100K Run Challenge - April 2017

100K Run Challenge – April 2017

Is anyone interested in joining me in this 100KM Run Challenge? Send me a note, comment below, or join me on Instagram (@Collecting_Daisies) – we can share our progress, pains and support one another when we need the motivation to keep pushing forward.

I promise to share my weekly updates and my final tally on May 1st. #accountability

Ok, so who’s in?

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  • Reply Sue Anderson

    I hear you Erin. I’m generally a gym rat and have worked with a trainer in the past. While I absolutely loved it, the money I was spending was insane. Things got crazy busy last fall and while my eating has still been in check, I’ve really fallen off the exercise wagon! As you know, commuting adds a lot to long days and hitting the gym at 7:00 in the evening after leaving at 6 in the morning sucks. Then the surgery. For me, eating well on its own doesn’t cut it. I need the exercise piece as well. I don’t run much anymore but I love to powerwalk. I’m going to take you up on this challenge!! I like the spreadsheet idea although I think I can track on my Fitbit. Game on!!!

    March 31, 2017 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply eabbatangelo31@gmail.com

      ROCK ON!! I’ve noticed that as I get older…yes, it’s actually happening even though I resist, eating healthy really is only half the solution. Movement is critical – for weight management, aches and pains, and it’s even helping my skin appearance – who knew? This is going to be really hard for me, but I can be a dog with a bone when I say I’m going to do something so I will suffer through it! ha ha… Can’t wait to see your progress. Hugs to you! xo

      March 31, 2017 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Vicky

    You can totally do this. Looking forward to hearing your progress.

    April 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm
    • Reply eabbatangelo31@gmail.com

      Thanks Vicky! I’m slightly ahead of schedule at 7.5k (scheduled for 7k at this point :))!!

      April 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm

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