I’m doing a challenge of sorts. It is a challenge, and I’ve made it more challenging for myself.
First of all, the challenge is called Climb it for Climate, hence the title of this post. I saw an ad for it a while ago while scrolling through Instagram, and I decided I’d like to give it a go.
Essentially, Climb it for Climate is a personal fitness challenge that also raises funds for the Australian Conservation Foundation to help solve the climate crisis and shift towards cleaner energy.
You get to choose the mountain you’d like to reach the elevation of, through the elevation you gain during hikes, runs, biking, whatever… The mountains you can choose from are:
- Mount Oberon (558 metres)
- Mount Sonder (1380 metres)
- Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 metres)
- Mount Everest (8,849 metres)
Of course, I’ve chosen Mount Everest. Will I reach it? I’m honestly not sure, but I’m going to give it my best shot!
And like I mentioned, I’ve made it more challenging – through running as much of it as I can. I’m going to give it my best shot to run most of the hikes/trail runs I go on. When I have a friend tag along (like I will tomorrow) I’ll walk, but when I’m going solo I’m going to run as best as I can.
What excites me is that it’s now May. Today is the first, and I’ve already been on my first run.
This morning I dragged myself out of bed and ran part of Jensen’s trail and did the Mount Crawford Summit. I was excited and nervous about running it, because it’s steep, the trail is thin, and I haven’t been running in a while, let alone running up a mount of sorts.
So, I ran to the base, ran/walked up it, ran down it and got a stitch which caused me to slow down, and then ran/walked back to my car. I’m a little wrecked, to say the least, but I’m ready to hike it again tomorrow with my friend who I’ll be dragging along.
Stepping out of my comfort zone and trail running this challenge excites me the most. For some reason, I prefer it over running on/by the road/paths because my brain goes you can take it easy if need be, it’s a trail, it’s harder than running normally, it’s okay to walk a bit. Whereas if I’m running normally it goes keep running, god you’re so unfit, you’ve got to run faster. Even though, I know my mentality around running should be the same. I don’t think about speed when trail running, I just run, but when I’m running, I think about speed. It’s weird, I’m weird.
But anyway, back to the challenge itself.
It’s also about raising funds. So, here’s my plea to you: if you can and would like to sponsor me, please do, I’ll be forever grateful because this challenge is incredibly close to my heart on so many levels.
My link for my Climb it for Climate page is here. It’s also in my Instagram bio as well.
What challenges, goals are you focusing on this May?