Weekly Running Update: Halfway Through 21 Days To Commit to CLE

Last week, I mentioned that I was doing a 21 Day Challenge with the Cleveland Marathon. The first few weeks have gone well and I can’t believe I’m more than halfway done! (Which means we’re more than halfway through January … yikes) Here are some highlights from this week’s challenge and how it has been going.

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21 Days To Commit to CLE

I’m not big on fitness challenges and I never have been. This time of year, over the summer, etc. my Facebook and Instagram feeds are full of “3 week ab challenge!” or “30 day healthy eating/drinking challenge!” and I’ll be the first to admit, they typically turn me off. Why? Because I like doing my own thing. I like to run, and that’s it. I’ll run for ME (not a challenge) and be happy with myself for doing how I do.

But last year, when I saw that one of my favorite bloggers, Runs For Cookies, was doing a fall to winter walk/run challenge, I thought, I can do this. What’s the big deal? I already run every day and track my mileage, this is just a group of people who like to do the same thing. Little did I expect that I’d finish the challenge with the most mileage of the group and a prize (the prize was given out randomly, but I was still just as excited to receive it – it’s a Kindle! my first one!).

So, when I saw Cleveland Marathon was doing a 21 Day Challenge starting January 1, I was curious. No, more than curious – I was interested. I had just done one challenge, could I do another? Especially since this one was mysterious – each day you’d be given a random challenge. It could be running related, strength training, or other healthy habits, all to help you prepare for training for the Cleveland races. So, as a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador, I decided to sign up!

Now that we’re one week into January – and I’m one week into the challenge – here’s how it’s going.

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Holly Jolly Miles

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone. I’ll be honest, this year’s Christmas didn’t really feel like Christmas. We were in Cleveland (we’re usually in New York) and it was just the four of us. But we made the most of it … and thanks to being here, I was able to keep up my running streak!

I’m now at 247 days, which means if I continue through the end of 2020, I’ll have gotten to 250 days, which I really can’t fathom. I know, I’ve seen people do year-long (or longer!) streaks, and I honestly have no intention of keeping this up that long, but I’m pleased with where I’ve come so far. My plantar fasciitis is still acting up on and off, but I have been stretching and rolling and icing, and even took some Aleve a few months ago and that seemed to help.

Here’s how this week looked – it was going well until our HUGE snowfall on Christmas Eve that lasted more than 24 hours! We got around 2 feet I think!

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Too Much Fun Stuff To Do

Wow, this past week into the weekend was filled with too much fun stuff. From ladies’ nights to running to marathon ambassador meetups to celebrations, we were BUSY. But it was all fun, so I can’t really complain? Though, I do feel like I need a day off to recover!

Thursday night was a meetup with the Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors. We met up at Pinstripes for food, fun, drinks and bowling!

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The Week I Met Up With Fellow Ambassadors (Weekly Run Down)

We had a busy week here and it’s almost time to start training for the Cleveland half marathon challenge in May. I’ve been trying to just keep up my mileage so that when training starts in a week or so, I’m ready to go. So right now, I’m all about just keeping up that base (mileage, that is, of course).  

That meant 30ish miles total this week, broken down into 6 days of running and Saturday off (just a walk with the family):   Continue reading

50/50 Inside/Outside

This week was cold, snowy, and sometimes icy, and not really conducive to running. When it wasn’t super cold or snowy, I went outside and run (even in the snow) but when it was sleeting and feels like temps in the negative, I opted inside. That meant I got in 3 runs inside and 3 runs outside. I really can’t wait until it’s spring and I can train for the Cleveland half marathon challenge outdoors!

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All About that Base (Mileage)

This week wasn’t anything out of the ordinary in terms of running. In fact, the next few weeks will likely be pretty standard, as I am getting ready to start training for the Cleveland half marathon challenge in May. So right now, I’m all about just keeping up that base (mileage, that is, of course). (bonus points if you now have a song in your head)

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Sometimes You Just Need Sleep

Sleep. That’s something that I have taken for granted for the first 30 or so years of my life. And then kids came, and well, let’s just say I’ve missed sleep sorely. Between having 2 kids, working (sometimes late), and fitting in running, life and all that’s in between, sometimes sleep gets put on the back burner. This week was one of those weeks and well, one day, I actually chose sleep!

Here’s a look at how running looked this week:

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Birthday Week Runs

Well, winter came (back) to Cleveland this week and just in time for my birthday. We had a few inches of snow come on Saturday, and it basically kept snowing through Monday. How did that impact my running? While I opted to stay inside some days, I did put on my Yak Trax and get outside a few times.

Here is a look at the week as a whole:

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Is This Winter Running?

It did NOT feel like January here this week. The middle of the week (Monday through Friday) was relatively mild, no snow and well, pretty perfect winter running weather! I can’t say the same for yesterday – we got a few inches of snow and then ice / rain mix all day so this week isn’t off to the best start –  but last week was great for running!

Here’s a look at how the week panned out:

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