Josh is a 43 year old from Indianapolis, Indiana that has a son and a lovely wife. He’s a Customer Success Manager that likes to get outside and be adventurous every chance that he gets. Josh has many different hobbies and a BADASS beard. Not only did Josh run 5k/day for the month of January, but also took some incredible daily photos – you can check them out on his Instagram @jeepnjosh. He has some MAD impressive photography skills. I’m excited to share his story 🙂
What made you decide to start your consecutive running challenge, how many
kilometres did you choose to run, and why?
I saw one of Emily’s posts on Instagram about the #RUN30 it inspired me to challenge myself and sign up. Like usual, we were busy over the holidays and I wasn’t active how I would have liked and I thought that this would be a great way to start a new routine and push myself harder. I chose to run at least 5KM a day, thinking it would be challenging yet something I could maintain the entire 30 days. I started the challenge in the beginning of January.
How much running did you do before deciding to do the challenge?
For the past 3 years I have been running a couple times a week as part of my workout. I found that running during lunch is a great way to get out of the office and break up the day.
Did you have any self doubts? If so, what were they?
Yes, I did. I was worried about having the time to do it. I have never been good with early morning runs and in January it is dark when I get home.
How did the challenge impact your life?
The challenge was great! It allowed me to hold myself accountable – I forced myself to get outside every day, no matter what the weather was, even in the -48f windchill during the Polar Vortex. During the work days I was running at lunch on trails in the forest. Getting out in nature every day helped to clear my mind and focus better on my day. I felt refreshed. Also, just by running every day I lost 9lbs over the 30 days.
Are there any other areas of your life that improved after the challenge was complete?
I noticed I was able to focus more while at work and at home too. On the weekends we would be busy, but I always made time for a run. Sometimes my wife would stress going on the run because she could notice a slight change in my attitude and once, I was back home from the run, I would be happy. I felt extremely accomplished and focused on the challenge. I was determined not to let anything hold me back and it made me realize I can translate that into every aspect of life.
I would recommend anyone to do the #RUN30 and did while I was completing it. It is a great way to challenge yourself and I can’t wait to challenge myself to do the next one.
Ready to begin your own consecutive running challenge? Sign-up for #RUN30 here.