Streaking! (Okay, not really)

It’s been waaay too long since I gave you all a running update. I know what you’re thinking – it’s summertime and I fell off the wagon. I didn’t keep up with my 20 mi/week goal and am failing miserably at my 1,000 miles in the year challenge. Wow – thanks for all your support (don’t worry, I know that most of you weren’t actually thinking that … right?). But no – I’ve actually been rocking along with my runs and am well on my way to meeting my goal. Here are some highlights from the past few months:

1. Completing the Runner’s World Running Streak – I ran every single day from Memorial Day to July 4th. Which meant running throughout B and my vacation – he probably deserves an award for letting me do that and holding off starting our day until I got my run in (but honey, wasn’t I a much more bearable person after I ran?).

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2. Reaching 143 miles, my all time monthly high, two months in a row. Yup – I hit 143 miles for May and 143 for June.

This is what running on vacation looks like. Tough life, huh?

This is what running on vacation looks like. Tough life, huh?

3. Getting to 2/3 of my goal! Yup, I’m at more than 750 miles of my 1000 goal. So unless something happens (knock on wood), I’ll definitely get there!

Yes, I'm keeping track in Excel of my runs. Here's the super fancy chart that shows how I'm doing.

Yes, I’m keeping track in Excel of my runs. Here’s the super fancy chart that shows how I’m doing.

4. Reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. If you’re a runner, then you will love this book. My brother got it for me for my birthday, and it was a perfect gift. I related to SO many of the author’s quotes and POVs. So motivating.

“Running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself … I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”

Making an awkward race photo a little more awkward .. adding a quote

Making an awkward race photo a little more awkward .. adding a quote

5. Placing in my first race! Yup, saved the best for last. I got 3rd place in my age group in the small Cleveland race, the 4-mile Women Who Run race. I signed up for the race the day before and my knee had been bothering me, but when I hit the one-mile mark, I felt great. And decided to try to stick with this one family the entire race who kept me on pace. I finished at 32:04 – my new PR at 8:01/M!

Pre-race photo opp! Cari and Reanna also rocked the race.

Pre-race photo opp! Cari and Reanna also rocked the race.

The firefighters gave me my 3rd place medal and then posed for a photo. Yup :)

The firefighters gave me my 3rd place medal and then posed for a photo. Yup :)

So sorry to the family holding hands I passed at the end! But you guys are super cute.

So sorry to the family holding hands I passed at the end! But you guys are super cute.

How about you? Some questions for you:

  • How are you keeping up with your yearly goals? (Running or not-running)
  • Do you take awkward race photos?
  • Do you run on vacation or take the time off?
  • Are you training for anything right now?
  • What’s your favorite running book?
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