The #100bySummer challenge...
Not that hard, right?
It boils down to about 2 miles a day.
There are all sorts of fitness challenges floating around, particularly in that time of year barreling headlong into summertime. But this particular challenge was inspired by the girls at Tone It Up - you know the ones who have that show on Bravo? Well, maybe you don't know. But Bravo is just about the only channel I watch, so therein lies my current perspective of the world outside of Ames.. whatever.
The important part is that I did it. Not only that, but I got J to do it too! (He didn't run for a bikini body, but he did run for himself. And maybe a little bit for me, too.) I am so proud of us! Especially since I've never been a good runner. Oh, believe me --- I've given running the ol' college try. Many times. It's always hard. But this time, it was a bit easier for three reasons.
- Other people were doing the exact same thing I was doing. There's a little community of people (mostly women) out there who were posting to Instagram (#bikiniseries #toneitup #100bysummer), documenting their progress, and providing a bit of outside support. It worked.
- I learned to pace myself. With a heart rate monitor (this kind: Polar FT4). It's time to get serious, ya'll.
- Perhaps most importantly, J was willing to go with me. Rain or shine. Hail or humidity. His pace isn't exactly as slow as mine, but he really made an effort to keep with me. I think it was comical at times.. You know how slow I was running? But he didn't laugh. Too much.
The challenge technically ended on June 21 (the first day of summer!). I posted photos on Instagram throughout the 100 mile challenge to document our progress and thought it would be nice to round them all up here. Enjoy!
|Mile 1: We started the challenge the same weekend of Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa and got in our first 4 miles.|
|Mile 5: Showing off our Christmas running shoes courtesy of J's parents.|
|Mile 8: On the way home from Main Street.|
|Mile 11: Early morning run with the man of the house.|
|Mile 14: One of the first places I visited in Ames - Olde Main Brewery - with Ian and Tiffany.|
|Mile 17: Started the day off right. That always means a green smoothie.|
|Mile 19: Down to the farmer's market on Main.|
|Mile 23: You just have to get off the couch. The rest is easy.|
|Mile 26: Ada Hayden park.|
|Mile 30: The first of *many* cloudy/rainy days in a row. And a massaged kale salad. That's right. I said massaged.|
|Mile 34: Minor head trauma due to unexpected hail storm. Whoopsie.|
|Mile 38: First run with the new toy! Thanks, J!|
|Mile 42: Lots of good work-outs in the Ozarks! These little beauties live down the street from J's parents. They always come to greet us at the fence.|
|Mile 46: And these guys.. :) Such troopers!|
|Mile 58: ....aaaaannnd the blisters that I began taping like a pro.|
|Mile 63: A little uphill hiking at Ledges State Park with the boys.|
|Mile 67: Met this dude at the neighborhood park over Skunk River.|
|Mile 70: Made the best roasted garlic and wilted spinach egg pitas after my "passing with a D" mile of the 100 by summer challenge.|
|Mile 83: Another rainy day in Iowa at the downtown Des Moines farmer's market.|
|Mile 88: I ran 5 miles without stopping for the first time ever. I think this hot air balloon in the sky was a visual reward for all my hard work so far.|
|Mile 95: Train tracks and green grass in Ames.|
|Mile 99: Field of dreams.|
|Mile 100: My neighborhood for the last 3 years. |
"I like my one better than my zero." - Jason
|Mile 111: Everything that is good.|
And there you have it. One hundred eleven miles under our belt, and then some (in the weeks that followed).
Have a happy holiday!