Oct 012014

Most of my monthly challenges have been failures, more or less. Sure, most times I would do something, but it was haphazard, inconsistent, unorganized.

Too bad I'm usually too busy wheezing my lungs out to mind the surroundings much...

Too bad I’m usually too busy wheezing my lungs out to mind the surroundings much…

Last month was different. Last month was a great success! It was at the same time a great failure.

My challenge was to run every day. And to really push myself I decided to make a little bet with myself / the universe, at the value of a thousand Euros.

Last blog post I already mentioned that I cheated. And though I did do what my intention was (to exercise), I didn’t do what I said I would (to run!). I had been doing a very good job of talking myself out of that, but luckily I have some very observant reader(s) who kindly reminded me to “put my money where my mouth was”. Which is absolutely correct of course and to be frank I’m very happy that there are people out there keeping me honest, so thanks! Before the year is over I will have donated a thousand Euro to a worthy cause (suggestions are welcome).

So far the first part of my failure.

The second part was something I could’ve thought of as well: Running every day is a lot for your body. Especially if you’re not used to running and when your knees aren’t an 18-year-old’s anymore. The first week-and-a-half gave muscles-ages. The last week-and-a-half gave not quite painful, but not entirely ok knees either.

Kids: When doing sports, you also need time to recuperate!

And then the success: I did run (ok, exercise) every day!

To keep into the spirit (but not over-tax myself) I’ll keep on running (exercising!), but I’ll tone down the frequency. SMART: I will run (exercise!) twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. I’ll review this by the end of the month.
Knowing that this was something I would need to do made me plan my day around it (sortof); if I knew that I wouldn’t be able to run right out of work, then I just had to get up a bit earlier and do it in the morning. Every day means there is no forgetting (I’m sure putting some money on it helped with that as well. Too bad it wasn’t enough…) and whether you run or don’t is also very easy to measure.

Lessons learned from this:

  • A SMART challenge really helps to do it
  • It’s very important to think about exactly what it is that I’m getting myself into, whether it really is attainable in the form I write it down
  • Going for a run is really nice, once it gets to the point where it is something that you just do (instead of forcing yourself to it)

Despite the failure(s), I consider this challenge a success!

And of course I need a new challenge. I’ve been thinking about wanting to write more, but I never make the time for it. I know that my biggest hurdle is starting. So as an experiment I’m not going to make my challenge to write, but instead I’m going to make it my challenge to open the file of my book, six days per week. I don’t have to work on it, but my expectation is that once I’m over the very first hurdle I’ll get to it anyway. Let’s see what happens…

Bastiaan ReininkI’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.

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