Ondrej Jarusek is a 36 year old engineer that was born in Brno Czech Republic, emigrated and raised in Sydney, Australia, and is now living in Norway with his Norwegian wife. He’s an avid runner and has set some pretty hefty goals over the past few years. In 2018, Andrej ran an impressive 850km up the coast of Norway to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s; a disease that unfortunately took the life of his mother-in-law. This past February, Ondrej set a #RUN30 goal to run 10 kilometres per day for 30 days and absolutely smashed it. Managing a family and full-time job + committing to running 10 kilometres every day is a pretty impressive feat. I’m excited to share his experience and story 🙂
What made you decide to start your consecutive running challenge, how many kilometres did you choose to run, and why?
I noticed the #RUN30 in the explorer feed on Instagram which got me interested. I’ve tried to run consecutively in the past but couldn’t maintain it much past 10 days. So by having a “community” all trying to achieve a mutual 30-day consecutive running goal, it felt motivating. I decided to run 10 kilometres per day as it was my normal distance mid-week treadmill distance.
How much running did you do before deciding to do the challenge?
I’ve been running pretty consistently for the past 5 years. Slowly increasing my yearly mileage target from 1,000 kilometres in 2015 to hopefully 4,000 kilometres in 2019.
Did you have any self doubts? If so, what were they?
Yes, consistency was my biggest one. Being a parent and working full-time makes running consistently every day a big challenge.
How did the challenge impact your life?
The challenge had a very positive impact; it made the act of running part of my everyday life, a routine and habit that is done without question, like brushing your teeth or taking out the trash.
Are there any other areas of your life that improved after the challenge was complete?
The “challenge” is actually ongoing; I continue to run consecutively to this day (since February 24th). My new goal is to aim for 100 days!
The actual purpose of #RUN30 for me is to mentally prepare myself to run the length of Norway (approximately 2,600kms) unsupported in the summer of 2020.
#RUN30 is a great goal setting initiative. Challenging but achievable.
CONGRATS ONDREJ – YOU’RE A ROCKSTAR!
Ready to begin your own consecutive running challenge? Sign-up for #RUN30 here.