The 2020 Challenge: Running 2020 Miles in a Year

Friday, 31 January 2020
Before the start of the new year, my booty got one of the craziest ideas. Throughout the entire year of 2020, I would run 2020kms. Simple right? My maths inhibited brain did some (rather poor) mental math and concluded this goal was completely attainable. I started to question whether or not it would actually be that challenging. So like any sane person, I signed myself up for the 2020 challenge except in miles. For my metric system loving readers, this meant I need to run 3,250.9 km throughout the entire year. 

Y'all I have no bloody clue what I was thinking! This roughly equates to 10 km per day! When you're working full time in a sedentary role, those km are hard to come by. You may now be asking yourself, "how in the heck are you going to manage that throughout the entire calendar year?". Like most of my crazy challenge ideas, I've broken my approach into more manageable, achievable goals. Here are my tips for tackling the 2020 challenge. 

1. Running 5 Conscious Kilometres Per Day
When I was aiming for 2020 kilometres, this roughly translated to 5 kilometres per day. Easy right? The run I take my dog on each day roughly equates to 5 kilometres. But for some reason, when I decided to tackle miles instead, the kilometres per day didn't translate for me. I assumed it would be the same. Yeah, I was hella wrong. 

When doing this challenge in miles, it equates to roughly 10 kilometres per day. This, unfortunately, isn't something feasible for me, yet. I would quickly run my body into the ground, failing the challenge early on. This is where I decided to stick to 5 conscious kilometres of running per day. Throughout the year, I will slowly build this up so hopefully by the end of the year, I will be able to run 10 km every day.

2. Make 5 Kilometres Fun Activities
As I mentioned, I need to rack roughly 10 km per day to conquer this challenge in miles. As much as I want to do this strictly by running, I know that would be bad for my body. So how will I manage to get those additional 5 km? By engaging in fun activities. 

The other 5 km for my challenge can be obtained from cycling, walking, dancing, swimming, pretty much anything that will get my body moving. This means changing up my daily routine. Instead of driving to the supermarket, I'll walk. If I want a coffee, I best better get my booty on a bike or walk to the cafe. Bouncing on a trampoline, rock climbing, surfing, all these activities can count!

3. Bank as Many Kilometres as Possible Early On
Once work goes back into full swing, it will be hard to get my kilometres in. This time of year, my schedule becomes a little less intense. Thankfully, it gives me more time to go to the gym and take the pup for lots of walks. 

Since I have the privilege of some freedom in my schedule, I will be banking as many kilometres as possible. Being able to bank my kilometres also ensures that if I get sick, I won't fall behind. It will help make the goal seem more attainable all throughout the year. 

4. Races Will Count
Some people are doing that the challenge that have stated they will not include race kilometres into their 2020 challenge kilometres. Y'all I am not superwoman. I just want to see if I can hold myself accountable to finish this challenge. This means I can't afford to lose kilometres because of a race. Spartans, Tough Mudder, 5km, 10km, and the Melbourne Marathon will all be counted towards my 2020 challenge. 

5. Accountability Partners 
This is one hell of a challenge. Tackling it on my own would be even crazier. Thankfully I have a few people crazy enough to join the challenge with me. In addition, my gym has been super supportive and have created a kilometre counter to help ensure I'm staying on track. If you're going to tackle this challenge, make sure you have a good accountability partner. Whether this means posting to Facebook, Instagram, or building a community. 

What do you think? Am I completely crazy for attempting this challenge? Is this a challenge you would try to tackle? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to share your tips and tricks, especially if you have any pointers for avoiding injury. 

And until next time...
Stay curious!

Where Did Adventures in Aussieland Go? And Why It Won't Happen Again

Friday, 24 January 2020
2019 was not the year for consistency here at Adventures in Aussieland. Let's be honest, if you've been a reader since the inception of this blog, consistency has never really been my thing. I know, I know. In the blogging world, that's just not how it's done. Consistency and predictability for my readers are essential. 

Unfortunately, as this blog is not my full-time job, consistency is not always feasible. It takes a ton of time writing posts, editing them, editing photos and connecting with other bloggers. Over the last year, I was studying full-time, finishing up a major research project, working two very demanding jobs, and experiencing some health bumps. 

The stressors from all the above demands severely crushed my creative juices. I wasn't travelling much, I wasn't exploring, all my free time was spent resting and recovering. It was full-on, but in actuality, I just wasn't prioritising Adventures in Aussieland. I hadn't taken the time to put together a game plan for when life got overwhelming. 

So why is this time any different? Well, a bit of my schedule has changed. I have a bit more free time and that free time has reinvigorated my creative flow. I'm excited to be writing again. It's a wonderful outlet for me. And I LOVE getting to explore Australia and the world. 

I'm more prepared. For the past few months, I've spent a ton of time drafting blog posts so that we can be posting consistently throughout the year. Every Friday, a new post will go live on the blog. Once per week is a very realistic achievement for me, anything more and I wouldn't have the consistency I would like. There will be times that more than one post will go live per week, so consider those weeks an exciting bonus. 

We're going in a slightly new direction. Yes, we will still be posting about all the incredible things you can do in Australia and around the world, but there have been some significant changes in my life, and I'm excited to write about them. I'm very excited to add this new perspective to Adventures in Aussieland.

Admitting that I slipped up and let my priorities slide is not the easiest thing to admit. Especially on the internet. But I'm sure I cannot be the only blogger who has experienced a similar situation. If this has ever happened to you, what did you do to help you remain consistent as a blogger? I'm especially interested in your tips and tricks if blogging is not your full-time job. 

I wanted to thank everyone who has stuck around and been so patient with me. I really appreciate the love and support throughout the years. I hope you're as excited as I am to continue this journey. 

And until next time...

Stay curious