Experiment #1 – Start Post – Cardio Experiment – I will run 1 mile every day for 30 days
April 14, 2016
MY NEXT CHALLENGE IS RUNNING 1 mile every day.
My first run will be 1 mile and I will go as fast as possible. It will be embarrassing. It will look like I sandbagged and started slow to show improvement. My last run will be 1 mile and I will go as fast as possible.
I will run for 30 days with no days off. If my knees shatter I will limp/walk. If I lose a limb I will crawl. No matter what I will finish. If this comedian can run a marathon 27 days in a row I can surely run a mile.
I may run more. I initially wanted to run 5k everyday for 30 days. HOWEVER, I need to be careful not to overtrain and injure myself. I haven’t run for years so I don’t want my tiny knees to explode.
- It will force me to get outside more.
- It will force me to do cardio consistently. I live in Minnesota and good weather is finally here. Its time to get outside and get in better shape.
- The challenge will embarrass me if I don’t improve. I will be posting my run times on this site. You will be able to see at a glance if I improved.
- It may start to help trim down my belly, my pooch, my man pack for my bacon bits.
- It may strengthen my legs and right now they are tiny scissor sticks. I grew up a skinny man. I have skinny man calves.
- It may motivate me to try another running challenge (Like a 5K daily cough, cough)
- weight: 206.2
- body fat % 26.6
- resting heart rate 69
- blood pressure 113/70
- waist 37 (I wear 34″ jeans)
- chest 43.25
- calf 14.75
- thigh 23.25
- bicep 15.5 (flexed of course – all other measurements were taken not flexed)
- shirtless photo / video
I hate running. My biggest problem is I run too hard and then I burn out. Once in my life I ran for a year consistently (it was 5 years ago) as I got better I started liking it more (shocking, right?).
I ran and trained for a couple 5k races 5 years ago. I kept it up for around a year. My best time was a 28:14 in a Turkey Trot 5K race. Not embarrassing but not too good either. Before that I had not run since high school.
I have not run in 5 years. Not a mile. Not a block (well maybe a block with my kids.)
Why running is ok (sorta)
- It’s free (kinda).
- You can run anywhere.
- When you run you get a runners high (this has never happened to me and likely a horrible lie).
- Running is largely a mental struggle. It’s a struggle of mind over matter.
- Casey Neistat runs and he is my jam right now.
- I just watched The Barkley Marathons (a documentary on Netflix that is freaking amazing)
- I bought a new toy late last year and now I get to use it.