I was exploring other blogs out there and stumbled across a girl who started a New Year’s challenge for herself to paddleboard 100 miles in 100 days. A mile a day doesn’t sounds like much, but when you take into account the fact that it’s an activity that you can’t do on a daily basis, it’s weather reliant, and not actually all that close to the house it puts it into perspective a bit.
I liked the idea so much I decided to challenge myself to do the same.
I just started bicycling a couple of weeks ago, so I thought it would be fun to bike 100 miles in that time too. That’s something I can just go outside and do, as long as it isn’t lightening. Fun!
Then I decided to sign up for the Dare Greatly Trail half marathons. It’s 3 halves starting in December. I mean, ya I’ve never run more than 4 miles and I haven’t run at all in a year, but what the heck, right?
I even made this great banner photo thing for my post.
Then I announced my super great plans to the boyfriend, aka partner in crime. (AKA person I’m volunteering to do this with me.) And he used his stupid logic on me. How many weeks in 100 days? About 14. So that’s less than 7.5 miles a trip. Easy, right? We usually paddle about 3 miles, what’s the difference? Unless, of course, we skip a weekend which is a given considering 5 kids between us. Plus jobs that easily take 50 hours a week. Plus his other job and out frequent non-paddling adventures. Hmmm, maybe not quite as easy as I thought.
The bike part really should be easy though, we tend to ride the trails near the house about twice a week so that part should be easy peasy. Heck I’ll ride around the block until I hit 100 miles if I have to.
The running, well that’s not a given and not something I’m great at being consistent about. But we have 7 months until the first half, so it’s probably doable. Right? Sure.
So the question is whether or not I should give it a go. No point trying something you know for a fact you can’t do, but then how do you know if you don’t give it a try?
Any opinions? Are there 3 things that you enjoy doing so much that it would be fun to challenge yourself to do them a lot more than you currently are?
This is actually a really cool idea. I am not sure the three things I would do at this time as I am more just focusing on running specifically. However, I wish you luck if you end up doing this and hope you post your progress.
Thanks! I think we talked ourselves into it, but I’m waiting to start counting until next time I go paddleboarding since that’ll be the hardest one to get in.
I wish you the very best……..I don’t think you should give up before trying..after all, what if you can only ride 99 miles? or run 98 miles? that’s still a hell of a lot of miles and a great accomplishment! go for it. I’d have to say I’d like to run……but I can barely walk. So a goal I would have would be to get from the living room to the bedroom and\or bathroom without tripping for a week straight. That should do it for me.
I think you are right. I have to admit it would be an unusual week for me if I didn’t big time trip or bang into something at least once.