Hi, I’m Steve. I am the founder of themadchallenge.com
If this is your first time on this site you are probably wondering who I am and exactly what is The Mad Challenge?
I am a 42 years old.
I was born and bred in Yorkshire (that’s in England).
I am also happily married.
As part of my job I have to travel a lot which means that it is difficult to establish a set routine with hobbies and exercise.
I am in reasonably good health but could always do better. My levels of fitness have varied over time and have tended to decrease as I get older.
When I was in my teens, 20s and 30s I was a lot more physically active than I am now. I would often participate in sport, typically football, rugby, badminton and squash. However as I got older the opportunities for exercise reduced.
Time was quickly consumed by other things. Friends and sporting buddies also became absorbed by life, moving away, dating, getting married, having children. You know, the usual thing.
I was also travelling more and more.
As someone who loves the immediate goals that sport provides my fitness levels started to drop.
At this stage many people would maybe choose to go to the gym or take up a new fitness regime. Well, I’ve tried the gym, numerous times. It just isn’t for me. I find it dull, boring. I’d also often only find time to go when others did too. So the gym was often really busy. Plus with my travel the cost of gym membership could not be justified.
I then tried other ways of exercise. These included riding a bike, jogging, fitness videos.
Can you believe it that I’ve completed the Insanity series 3 times!
Yet with all this I’ve never sustained a regular exercise regime. I think the last time I did some strenuous exercise over a period of time was just over 2 years ago when I completed Insanity.
It was this lack of exercise which led me to think of a way to establish a new regime to improve my fitness and general well being. This is when I came up with the idea of The Mad Challenge.
What is The Mad Challenge?
So now you are probably asking what is The Mad Challenge?
Well it is simple really. The challenge is to push myself into a form of discipline to perform a routine exercise, for a period of at least one month.
I say a month because this is a good length of time for the body and mind to adjust.
This period of time allows good habits to form. So hopefully at the end of the month I will not only be better off fitness wise, I will hopefully be self motivated to continue some form of exercise regime long-term.
So what is the exercise?
Well, I’ve decided to challenge myself to run a mile a day for one month. It is from this concept that I have created The Mad Challenge
The Mile A Day Challenge.
Running a mile a day isn’t very far, why not go further?
Many of you are probably thinking that running a mile a day isn’t very far. In many respects you are correct.
Some of you reading this will be in pretty good shape fitness wise and can easily cover this distance. Others maybe frequent runners. I certainly know a few people who run 5k’s, 10k’s, half and full marathons.
These people are a great inspiration. However you have to remember that they have been training and running for a while. I haven’t. I’m starting at maybe the lowest level of fitness in my life.
I could quite easily walk a mile a day, I probably already do. However jogging and running is a more demanding form of exercise. It can only improve my level of fitness. I also know that at first it will be quite a challenge for me. I might be running at a slow pace. I might have to stop or walk some of the way. Hopefully though my timings and fitness will improve quite quickly.
General advice is that on the first few “runs” I should combine elements of walking and running as I become used to the activity.
What inspired you to begin running 1 mile a day?
I was fully aware of the need to improve my fitness. I could feel myself slowing down, becoming lethargic, a growing waistline. All this plus a general awareness and desire to do something.
In addition so many people I know, whether they be colleagues, friends, contacts on Facebook, they were doing some form of running.
Then a moment of inspiration hit me whilst driving in the car.
Not so long ago as I was driving along I was listening to BBC Radio 5 Live. The presenter began an interview where she was talking about a school in Scotland where children run a mile a day, every single day that they are at school. You can find out a little bit about it here on the BBC website.
The results were viewed as being very rewarding. The kids felt healthier, they were more alert, focused in class. They not only reduced their waistlines but they improved their test results too.
So clearly if these kids can do it, so can I.
Maybe a slight difference is that I will seek to do this 7 days a week over a month. Remember these school kids only have to do it on school days.
How you can help me
When I first came up with the idea of The Mad Challenge it is was going to be a very personal challenge.
It was a challenge to instil into me a form of discipline by running every single day for a month.
A way to improve my level of fitness, mental health, hopefully lose some weight too!
However the more I thought about it the more I realised that on its own it is a very personal journey. If I failed to complete it then only I would know. Could I really motivate myself enough?
What if the weather was bad outside? Maybe I was feeling a little run down or had a cold coming on?
It would be too easy for me to put it off until another day.
So now I have a website, it is a lot more public.
You can help me by firstly following me on my journey.
You can leave comments and messages of encouragement. I will really appreciate that.
Then I thought about it. There is something else I can do. I can try to help others.
So in the same way that people ask you to sponsor them on running 5k, 10k, marathons and so on, I considered sponsorship.
In this way something good can come from my efforts.
So how can you help me? Well if you sponsor me that will be the biggest motivator I could have.
To know that you have enough faith in me to put money towards a charity I believe in. That is the greatest way you can support me.
I appreciate that we receive an almost constant stream of requests for sponsorships. So if you don’t feel able to sponsor me I understand that too. However your continued reading and support through comments on this site will motivate me like very little else.
I can also be found on various forms of social media. I would be grateful if you could share my profiles and this website with your social media friends.
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Thank you for reading and please support me on my journey.