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Days 99 and 100

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Day 99: 45 minutes walking on the treadmill. Absolutely amazing that I’ve been able to stay healthy enough to keep at it. This is the best I’ve done in several years. I’m pleased that I’ve been consistent and persistent. Now, on to 100!   WE DID IT! We’ll, at least some of you did it. I came close. 98 out of 100 days. Pretty sure that’s an “A” in any case. It’s really been great to have to support – and maybe even pressure – to stay with the program. I can think of many days that I would have…

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WEEKS ELEVEN, TWELVE and THIRTEEN

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Holy Cow. We are almost 3/4 of the way there.  We are less than 30 days away from completing 100 Days. By now I hope you’ve got the momentum you need to carry you through. By now, I hope it’s hard to imagine NOT getting in your 30 minutes. The best advice I ever got when I was racing was “don’t get greedy.” What that meant was the even if I was feeling great I needed to just stay calm and run my own race. The same hold true here. Don’t get greedy. Stay the course. Keep getting in your…

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WEEK NINE & TEN

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Where to we go from here? It seems like that’s always the question. I’ve been doing so well so far. I haven’t failed. And yet there’s this voice that keeps telling me that I’m going to fail eventually, so why not get it over with. I’m not sure where they voice comes from. I’m not sure whose voice it actually is. I just know that it’s there and that I have to fight it every day. Day 57. 30 minutes walking on treadmill. 15 minutes on bike trainer. Tried mixing it up a little today. Hoping that helps with the…

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WEEK EIGHT

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This is it. Half way there. So, depending on your perspective, we’ve already done one half – or – we still have one half to go. January 1, 2016 seems like a long time ago. And it was. It seemed easy, then, to make a commitment to do 30 minutes f activity every day. Really. How hard could that be? Some of you know exactly how hard. So do I. I haven’t missed a day, but I haven’t been 100% committed every day either. Some days it’s easy. Some days it seems impossible. But, if I just get started it…

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WEEK SEVEN

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What does it mean to be in Week 7. It means we’ve only got one more uphill week before we start downhill from Day 50 to Day 100. So, if this week feels more difficult to you, it probably is. I’m doing better this year than I have in recent years. Not doing an 18 day trip to Antarctica certainly helped. I’ve been able to be much more consistent in my training. It’s also helped that I got a new bicycle and fancy trainer. Here in Chicago winter means months on the treadmill, and even I get tired feeling like…

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Week Five

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Welcome to Week 5. Amazing, isn’t it? For many of us the idea of getting through one week seemed impossible, and yet, here we are getting ready to start the week that will take us into our second month. So what does this mean? For some of us it means a lot. It means, maybe for the first time, we’ve actually stuck with an activity program for more than just a few days or weeks. We’re into it now. For some of us, myself included, it’s a way to try to rediscover the joy of simple movement and the satisfaction…

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Week Four

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If you believe the experts, or at least some of the experts, we’ve already established our habit of being active for 30 minutes every day. I’m no expert, and I suppose I’m more inclined to believe – as the 12-step programs believe – that it really comes down to one day at a time. I’ve already had 2 days where, if it weren’t for this challenge, I would not have gotten in 30 minutes of activity. They were busy days, I got behind schedule, and the easiest thing to do would have been to skip those days. But, I didn’t….

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Week Three

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For me, the third week of anything is the most difficult. I’ve lost track of how many times I tried to quit smoking. I’d have great intentions, commitment, and will power. For about two weeks. For me, this is the biggest struggle, in some ways because I know if I get to week 4 I’m gonna feel like I need to do it. And maybe that’s the key. I’m afraid that I’m not going to make it, so I figure I might as well get the failure over with. So, I’m going to have to really make the commitment this…

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WEEK TWO

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OK. Now what? The excitement of the holidays are over. Maybe the kids have gone back to school, or you have gone back to work, or maybe you just feel yourself running out of steam. Well, there’s good news. The good news is that, according to the experts [whoever THEY are] it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. What’s funny about that is that it doesn’t seem to take me 3 weeks to establish a BAD habit, but, whatever. So, forget about the 100 days. Tell yourself that you’re 1/3 of the way to establishing your new habit…

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Starting Over…

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 – First published, Runner’s World, January 1997 –  This is the first January since I began running five years ago that I haven’t been injured. Some years it was just a left over pain, and others it was more serious. In any case, January has always been when I started from zero. I got pretty good at starting over. My January logs look strangely alike: some walking, some stationary biking, and a little running. There’s never been any training in January, just recovery and physical therapy. Every January I was a new runner. Every January I had to start slowly…

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