To Your Health: One Mile + One Cup of Tea a Day

 

I can still remember the thought that crossed my mind somewhere around mile 23 of my first marathon…”I never want to run another mile, EVER, in my life.” Well, since I’ve touched down in the US, I’ve managed to cram in 21.71 miles in the last 6 days I’ve been back. I guess it seems like running is here to stay, for now!

When I got back to my apartment, the first piece of mail I read was my December Runner’s World Magazine. That’s where I came across the article about the Holiday Running Streak. It was largely fueled by the desire to keep a manageable running routine during the busy holiday season (between Thanksgiving and Christmas). The idea is to run at least 1 mile a day, everyday, until the New Year.

Sounds pretty manageable after logging so many intense weeks leading up to the marathon. So manageable, in fact, that my boyfriend — a non-runner! — has even joined in the challenge. I’ve told a few co-workers about it but none of them seem to have really taken to it (yet). Shant and I put a wager on it: he would paint my entire apartment if he loses. And, if I lost, I would paint my own apartment. Either way, my apartment wins I guess.

To sweeten the deal, he’s added one more component to our challenge: follow up the one run a day with a cup of tea a day. Seems pretty simple. Both of these challenges take up to 15 minutes a day. Seems like your health and longevity is worth it when boiled down to those bare requirements, right?¬†One mile a day (walk/run/walk-run/cycle) and one cup of tea a day is pretty manageable.

So, are you in? Leave a comment below if you’re doing the challenge!

Recent Read: Kara Goucher's Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons

As you may already know, I hit a bit of a rut with my training a few weeks ago. Before the bout got better, it got worse…by a lot. Eventually I did nothing — no swimming, no biking, no running. I was pretty low on motivation. I couldn’t get friends to join me. I was also under a lot of stress. I remember reading somewhere in Runner’s World magazine about Kara Goucher‘s book that was published awhile back (Kara Goucher’s Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons). It was geared towards women runners and was said to be a great resource, so I dusted off my nook, bought the book, and began reading.

I spent one weekend devouring the book. I couldn’t put it down! The three sections that I found most helpful included:

  • Balancing running with family and work: she gave tips and first hand advice on how to manage different commitments, deal with setbacks and guilt, and the positive reinforcement system
  • Finding the right training program for you: understanding that everyone has strengths at different distances and that you don’t have to race to be a runner
  • Building a successful support team: how to speak to your loved ones, friends, and family and help them help you during training, even if they can’t run every step alongside you

As I flipped through the pages, what was most helpful was that her authentic voice came through. It was incredibly genuine. It didn’t feel like I was getting advice from a world class Olympian. It felt like I was getting advice from an older sister.

My favorite piece of training advice: run three days a week. The three runs should include one easy day, one hard day, and one long day. Anything else outside of that is just gravy. With that mentality I’ve been able to schedule my runs in a lot easier, and it takes less mental preparation if I’m not so busy worrying about times, pacing, distance, route, etc. Easy/Hard/Long. Super simple!

Pick it up! My rating: 10/10