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?).
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.
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!
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.”
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!
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?