As of May 16, 2020, I’ve run at least one mile for 300 consecutive days.
Am I crazy?
In January and February 2019 the mere thought of running never appeared. As soon as I finished listening to Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins I transformed into a runner. I started to run almost daily in May. My current running streak started on July 22nd.
I didn’t plan to do this. I had no goals. It happened on its own.
I’m a numbers nerd so what follows are a few stats from the streak. I ran:
After writing for at least 5 minutes for 55 consecutive days, I abruptly stopped. Writing was one of my seven daily habits in January and February. While I still believe in the power of tiny habits, writing for as little as five minutes daily wasn’t serving me. It offered no benefits. It was futile.
Too often, I itched to write more than the time I budgeted for writing. Since my minimum was five minutes, I rarely wrote for more than ten minutes. I was almost always in a rush.
Time is finite. I can’t do all that I want to…
If you love coffee and already practice meditation or want to start then these words are for you. Don’t love coffee? Feel free to substitute tea, hot chocolate, or whatever hot drink you enjoy.
Focusing on the breath is the most common way to practice meditation but may not be ideal for you. It’s simple, sure, but may be getting in the way of you developing a daily practice the lasts until the end of time. Instead of focusing on your breath, focus on thoughts, emotions, sensations on your body, noises, or a physical object that’s close by.
Sit. Close your eyes or keep them open. Observe your immediate environment.
How are you feeling? What do you feel? Where are the sensations most present? Are they moving from one place to another? How intense are they? Focus on them. Move closer to them. Be with them.
What are you thinking about? Why? Where did the thought come from? Did you think it or did it appear on its own? What is the thought related to? Are you thinking about everything that you have to do today? Are your thoughts positive, neutral, or negative? Are they connected? If yes…
The wind chill in degrees Fahrenheit during my last 3 one-mile runs was 7, 5, 7.
I didn’t choose to run in the extreme cold. I chose to run. I’ve run at least one mile every day since July 22, 2019. Why would I allow the extreme cold or heat to stop my streak?
These are the steps that I personally follow. It’s my checklist…
Back in 2009 and 2010, I ran in 10 5k races. My average pace was around eight minutes per mile. My fastest time was 20:04 which equates to a 6:47 per mile pace. I hated it. It didn’t bring me joy. I was always exhausted after running. I was inflexible. I didn’t know why I was running. But I kept running.
Then I stopped. I haven’t run in a race since 2010. I hardly ran for the years that followed.
In early 2019, I listened to two audiobooks that impacted my life more than any other books: Can’t Hurt Me…
With numbness in my right foot, I stopped running and started to walk. After 10 seconds of thought, I stopped the run workout on my watch and turned around. I had set out to run 7 miles but only ran 1.57 up to that moment.
After walking for 20 seconds, I started jogging. With numbness in each step, I persisted at a slow pace. I slogged my way to a total distance of 2.59 miles. Upon returning home, the numbness subsided and didn’t return for the rest of Christmas Day.
The numbness that I felt was eerily similar to what…
I’m an early bird who prefers to wake up between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. For the past month, I’ve been waking up around 4:00 a.m. without being able to fall back asleep. I’ve been through this spell before. Thankfully, all things come to an end.
This has been a typical morning for me through the entirety of 2020:
Want to start a daily habit and make it stick with ease? Start small. Come up with a minimum that you can guarantee every day. Four of my daily habits follow the 5-minute rule. If five minutes is too much of a commitment then start with one minute. Ten seconds also works.
Even though I’ve been meditating daily since July 2017, my commitment is only five minutes. In 2019, my minimum was 30 minutes. I missed that mark 17 times. I decided to lower it for 2020 because I wish to meditate for an hour or longer several days this…
Bye-bye peekaboo is a game my 3-year-old niece Stella and I play together. This is how we play:
It’s a simple game that’s created unlimited joy for us over the past two years. …