Earlier this summer I made a resolution that I would run 40 miles in the month of June. It started out really well, but by the end of the month, the Chicago heat wave made running outside a real struggle, especially since I’m not a morning person and have zero motivation or energy to wake up and run before work.
Since I started out strong, this meant I only needed to run seven miles during the last month to complete my goal–which was extremely helpful considering I planned and threw a 50th birthday surprise party for my mom this past Saturday and I had other priorities than going out and running in 95 degree heat.
I found myself on a treadmill I think three times this month, which always proves to be a source of struggle for me, but my last run of the month, which happened to be on a treadmill, went really well! I think the air conditioning and lack of humidity really helped my breathing.
This month, I have already thought of my new goal: 50 miles of cardio activity. Since I will probably be inside a lot more this month, I want to expand my goal to include the elliptical (and possibly/probably the bike). This way, I won’t make myself crazy running on a treadmill all the time and will be able to switch up workouts. Since I find the elliptical a lot easier (and I can also bike a lot faster than I can run), I increased the mileage. Also, since I completed 40, why not add some more?
Do you have a resolution for July?
How do you push yourself to reach your fitness/health goals?