Holy smokes, it’s been 80 days doing the 100 Day Challenge!
Only 20 days left for the race!!
As you saw from the comic illustration by Chemical Pancake, training has been butt whooping. Yikes, I almost said ‘butt whipping’…..that would have been a different kind of post. Stupid english as a second language, always getting in the way.
In honor of the last 20 days – here’s a list of Top 10 butt kicking & Top 10 awesome discoveries throughout this crazy 100 day challenge. There had better be some MoJyo at the end of this….
TOP 10 WHAT’S BEEN BUTT KICKING
1. Waking up at 6:00 AM on Saturdays
Bye, bye sleeping in!
2. Not staying up too late on Friday nights
Let’s go lady, your place is tucked in bed at home now, if you want to make that early AM run.
3. Running at least 2-3 times a week
No matter what kind of day you had or how late you get back.
4. Boredom with the same trail and the SAME MUSIC.
You can only listen to ‘Hey Mama’ so many times. I’ve come to the enlightened realization that yes, Nicki Minaj is a talented rapper, but dear god, this is not music. Make.It.Stop.
Turns out “cotton is rotten”. If you’re running long distance, cotton socks are disastrous, it’s worth investing in synthetic socks, like Dry-Maxx – no more blisters. This is probably TMI & maybe you didn’t need that visual.
Turns out ‘Body Glide’ is a must for runners. It looks like a deodarant stick – you glide it on your feet & on your person and it prevents chafing & skin burn. Just don’t borrow any from this dude.
7. Learning to run with a water bottle. And not look like a dork.
What I Think I Look Like When I’m Running
What I Actually Look Like When I’m Running
8. Figuring out ‘pacing’.
Not burning through energy reserves at the start of the race. Learning what ‘pace’ to maintain during different points of the race. I still don’t have this on lock down…dear lawd, are there only 20 days left?!? DONT PANIC OR ANYTHING!!
9. Losing my car keys the day I ran my first-ever 10 miles.
I had to walk back on the trail post run to find it. Walking at the end of a long run is like….crossing a big mountain and realizing you’re at the base of another big mountain. Fantastic. I got super excited when I thought I found my keys….& it turned out to be HORSE POOP. I was pretty traumatized. And refused to walk that whole weekend. Or look at dark brown things. shudder
10. Running uphill
Mordor from Lord of the Rings. Enough said.
TOP 10 WHAT’S BEEN AWESOME
1. NOT cutting out carbs.
2. The discipline of Showing Up.
Getting there is the hardest part, but you feel baller after.
3. Being able to button my jeans without holding my breath.
And doing fewer yoga poses to fit into them.
4. Eating delicious gummy energy chews halfway through run.
And Nutella. For you know, “nutrition strategy”
5. Pigging out post-run.
Do.Not.Hold.Back. And you’ll be so happy.
6. Discovering new music.
Move over, Nicki Minaj! Hello, Indie Rock & dub-step!
7. Discovering beautiful new scenery
Once I stopped complaining.
8. New friendships with team members.
Look Ma, I got friends!
9. Finding increased mental focus & concentration
On the day following a butt kicking run.
10. Clarity & a chance to get away from the daily noise of life.
You can have life humming at you with a million different thoughts – worrying you, eating you, buzzing at you. But when you’re on the trail – it’s just you & the road ahead. Nothing else matters.
I would be remiss if I didn’t add the below….
11. Fund-raising $2,600 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society.
Thanks to all your support. Getting to hear first-hand how these funds are being used by Researchers from Stanford University to help cancer patients today is so humbling and promising.
12. Encouragement from loved ones.
So when it burns, hurts, and when I feel I can’t go on anymore, I think of family & friends counting on me. Hugging me and telling me that they’re proud of me. I melt at the thought & then become Steel – I can’t stop now. I can’t quit now. I can’t give up. Because I can’t let you down. I can’t let me down. Is this Mojo? Dunno, let’s find out!
Only 20 days left. Let’s go find that MOJO!!
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