30 Days of Running – Failure…

Well, it started out with the best of intentions…

The last update was day 8 and it was a good 3 mile run.

Day 9 we were swamped with wedding guests and as they continued to pour in, I took time to myself and got in a decent 2.5 mile run.

wedding party

Day 10 was our wedding day, I still managed to get a short run in, but didn’t track the distance.  I would guess it was somewhere around a 2 mile run, but I was focused on a mission and didn’t track time or distance and stopped several times to investigate stick-piles.

Day 11, the day after the wedding, we had time scheduled with our photographer to do the “trash the dress” shots in the lake.  We casually hiked a mile or two to get some of the shots, but there was no running on this day.

trash the dress

After Day 10, there was no more running.  We endured marathon-level air travel to get to Costa Rica which left my wife and I exhausted.  We intended to do some trail running at the resort in Costa Rica, but what passed for “hiking trails” there were not what we expected.  Very short hikes to small vistas, certainly nothing that we could really run.

Then I spent most of our second night and third day there sick.  Really, it was 24 hours of abdominal interval training with 2-3 minutes of intense ab work at 1-hour intervals.  Good times.

36 hours awake and still going....kinda

The next two days after my, um, “Interval Training” were filled with tours.  These did included some hiking, but for the most part were nothing I would consider exercise.  I will get in to the disappointing nature of Adventure Tourism in another post.

After that, more travel back home, another couple of exhausted days of recovery and then catching up on work after being gone for two weeks.  30 Days of Running died…

Now I knew I was taking on something that would be difficult, if not impossible, to stick with through a wedding and honeymoon.  It was just something I did NOT want to keep putting off.  It was a now or never sort of decision.

So now the decision to make is: do I resurrect 30 Days of Running and start from scratch?  Was it annoying to see the daily running reports on my blog?  Should I find a better way to report the runs and stay accountable?  What do you guys think?

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Dave Creech is a successful business owner and entrepreneur based in Phoenix, Arizona. He shares his personal story and lifelong passion for travel and rugged outdoor adventure through his blog at WildernessDave.com. David’s focus has been on trip stories, gear reviews, Wilderness Medicine and a series of articles aimed at introducing Yoga to hikers and backpackers as a path to staying fit, healthy and injury free.



  1. Resurrect the 30 days of running, yes. I say your posts as a motivator, reminder to me that I DO have the time to do daily exercise.

  2. Congrats to the newly weds! Love the awesome pictures! Especially the kiss in the Lake 🙂 Best Wishes from all of us!

  3. I’d say if it’s really important to you, go for it, and keep blogging it, it’s fun to read.
    That being said, if it’s not fun, if it’s a chore that doesn’t help you move toward some larger goal, then I wouldn’t it. I love running — except when I’m trying to make it fit into a specific schedule or scheme. Then it becomes another task to be ticked off the list. I get enough of that at work, so I let my mood dictate how often I run. I may not run every day, but when I do run, I tend to go longer and harder (that’s what she said) than if I’m trying to stick to a predetermined plan. Everybody’s different, of course, but I’ve finally figured out my training philosophy: Just move. Every day possible. Run, hike and snowshoe, preferably, but spin or elliptical if you have to. The rest seems to take care of itself.

    • I try to do the same, Dave. Even in the original 30 days of running, I accepted that other activities could take the place of running. But running, was my default if nothing else presented itself. Just to make sure I was doing SOMETHING every day.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  4. Resurrect it. I’m having trouble getting back into the normal life exercise routine myself; something simple like 30 days of running is probably the exact way to do so. (Starting Tuesday I think I’m going to go with the strength days of P90X and running for the cardio days.)

  5. Don’t feel bad about it. I don’t know how you could have possibly completed the 30 days in the same month you were getting married and going on your honeymoon. Give it another go!

    • You know, I don’t know if I really feel “bad” about it. But I do feel like I could have done better, not by much though. If I were to restart it next week, I would still have a lot of real-life priorities getting in the way but I think it would be a more realistic expectation to get 30 Days of Running completed.

  6. yes. start again! the longer you wait the harder it will be. If you do I will…well maybe…well next week…. 🙂

  7. Leanne Zuech says:

    RUN! Start again! It’s great to have a way to stay accountable with a blog!

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