20 days down, 10 to go

In 2013 I embarked on a run streak of 3km everyday for 30 days. I have since tried many a time to repeat this feat only to drop after about a week. The closest I’ve come is 20 days in a row….

This year Capra a local running store in Squamish offerred the Capra 30/30 which is 30 minutes of running everyday. It can be fast , slow, inside , outside, trail , road you name it. You just have to run.

I’m now on day 20 and I must say…i’m feeling quite confident this time that I can finish strong.

Day 1

I ran after work. I made a lovely snapchat monologue about it. It wasn’t great but it was a solid start to the challenge.

Day 2

This was the start of lunch runs. I am now finally in a fortunate position that I get a full hour for my lunch so I decided to start using it properly. I also work not too far from the seawall so this helped a lot as well.

Day 3

Hill Repeats. A love hate relationship. It’s perfect for this challenge since you essentially just aim to do as many repeats as you can in a short amount of time..but they are hard as heck especially by yourself.

Day 4

I went for a run around my neighbourhood. Nothing very exciting.

Day 5

Jeremy (Mr Tall) joined me a run along the dyke in Ladner. He even indulged me with some mid run selfies with a stunning sunset.

Day 6

Another lunch run

Day 7

I did hill repeats but had to modify them slightly, either way I got my run done!

Day 8

Treadmill Intervals. Pretty straightforward. I put something to watch on my phone which was nice too.

Day 9

More of the same. I’m trying hard with this challenge to mix up my runs as best I can.

Day 10

Ran outside in the beautiful cold sunshine. Vancouver really is quite beautiful some days.

Day 11

Intervals and a shakeout run. Didn’t wanna push it too hard as the next day is a race…!

Day 12

Fall Classic 5k. It was wet , cold but a fun day overall!

Day 13

My body definitely was a little sore and tired after sunday but still managed to get out there with Mr Tall by my side < 3

Day 14

I opted for the treadmill since I needed a break from the wind and rain…and I was glad I did just that.

Day 15

The Halfway mark! Intervals on the treadmill heck yeah!

Day 16

I titled this run a shuffle since that’s what it felt like as I was lapping around the track but it got done!

Day 17

More treadmill fun times. Thank goodness for entertaining videos whilst I run!

Day 18

A saturday in which I could run in the daylight. I ran to Deer Lake and back and was pretty content. I definitely felt a lot better post run mentally.

Day 19

Ran my minimum 30 minutes in torrential rain. My legs took awhile to warm up despite a scalding hot shower.

Day 20

Treadmill antics again. Aimed for sprint intervals but found myself running out of breathe.

With 10 days left I feel confident with planning that I will complete 30 days in a row..oh and i’m looking at another run streak challenge as I’m trying to hit a certain mileage mark by the end of 2017…which is right around the corner!

Hope you’re having a great monday !

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World Mental Health Day

I have shared on here that running has saved my life. It really has. Running my first half marathon was an action that eventually lead to me heading to Therapy before my 21st birthday.  I was running 4 days a week in school had a boyfriend and still found that I couldn’t go more then 24 hours without sobbing I began missing classes…it wasn’t great.

In 2014 I wrote to Anxiety BC sharing my story of how CBT helped me. Below is the 2nd place winning entry.

In the spring of 2013 I reached a breaking point with my mental health. Normally I was able to keep my emotions in check but as the semester progressed I found myself struggling to choke back tears and find the strength to attend class. I was putting on a brave face more than I would like to admit. When someone asked if I was wrong I would just blame school or some other activity in my life. The word anxiety was far from my thoughts. Finally my parents sat me down and suggested that maybe the time had come to speak to someone professional about my issues. So I then went to therapy. I recall the first day we met. I shook his hand and sat in the chair. He handed his business card, to which I responded “Seriously…that’s your name? How on earth do you pronounce that? ”I’d write it for you now but it’s a challenge to spell. I spent the first month dreading appointments, because all I did was cry. I even looked for excuses not to go. I found myself overwhelmed by anxiety and depression and thinking “I am too young to see a Psychologist”. I told my therapist as such and he simply asked “What makes you believe that?” I told him I don’t know but I’m only 20 , I don’t think I’ve lived long enough or gone through enough life experience to seek professional help. He then proceeded to ask if there was any evidence proving that I hadn’t experienced enough of life as well what made me decide that I was “too young”. It was these questions that assisted me in my regular use of CBT.I can recall the face, complete with eye roll I made when my therapist first explained the term and how it worked. “Seriously this is going to help?”My psychologist asked me to purchase the Stress and Anxiety Workbook. It would take roughly 6 months for me to get into the consistent habit of CBT .I eventually began to notice improvements within that time. Sometimes I would write the word breathe on my wrist as focus point which assisted when I was experiencing an anxiety attack This is now permanently tattooed on my wrist, a permanent CBT strategy ! It’s been almost 2 years since my first appointment and although I’m still working through a few issues with my anxiety such as driving, my life has improved dramatically. I don’t cry nearly as often, my interest in school and other activities has improved. I’ve even managed to run 7 half marathons! Running also works well with CBT for those who are curious. I’m not an expert but it continues to have a positive impact on all aspects of my life.

Ultimately I’m sharing this today with the highlight of running. Yesterday marked 5 years since my first 10k and it’s simply crazy how much has changed since that Thanksgiving. Mostly good changes of course but still!

I wonder what it’ll be like 10 years from now…I look forward to that day.