The 25 Workouts in 25 Days Summer Challenge is all about bringing awareness to Amy Clover’s Strong Inside Out Tour. For 25 days (while Amy’s campaign is going on) I’m doing my own 10-ish minute workouts in 25 Minneapolis outdoor locations. I invite you to join me.
WORKOUT ELEVEN @ NICOLLET MALL
Most peeps head out of town for the 4th of July. I’m staying close to the city and happy to do so. My little brother was running the Red White & Boom half marathon and I wanted to see him rock it + I secretly enjoy being in town when it’s quiet.
So this morning’s workout was P—erfect! I parked off of Grant Street and laced up my rollerblades so I could cruise down Nicollet Mall to the Stone Arch bridge (where I’d be able to cheer on my bro). This normally bustling area was a ghost town. It felt special to be in the area enjoying the scenery without navigating pedestrian traffic.
By the time I got down the the bridge it was busy, lotsa peeps were out to cheer on their loved ones and I was happy I hadn’t tried to park on this side of the city. Plus, I saw my bro and was able to keep up with him for the last quarter mile of his run (thank goodness for rollerblades) while he cruised through the finish. He rocked it!
After celebrating with my bro and spending time with my mom and sisters + nephew I took the trek back down Nicollet, in 10 minutes (I spent less time thinking about being fast and more time enjoying the view on the way back).
- 2 mile rollerblade down Nicollet Mall (2 miles)
Total time 8 minutes + a 10 minute rollerblade back to my car laterI’d like to share a bit more about my bro and how supporting him in this run is in line with Amy’s tour. She’s all about encouraging people in need and supporting them through depression and addiction.
My brother Adam is a success story. He struggled with addiction and found help at Teen Challenge. I’m honored to be his big sis and have learned so much from him. He came through the fire and is now a loving husband, father, and the director of the ‘Know The Truth’ program at Teen Challenge. They reach out to youth in schools and share the dangers of alcohol and drugs. He was rocking one of the shirts he co-designed on his run and you can get one here.
Verdict after day 11: People suffer from depression and addiction on a global scale. But there are organizations that are reaching out to these people like, Amy’s tour, Sculpt Squad, and Teen Challenge. Supporting the work they’re doing is a meaningful way of giving back and it takes me out of my own suffering. Gratitude and service are the best ways through struggle.