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My 100 Mile Debate

Posted: August 25, 2014 in goals, running, training

Last summer I tried to hit 100 miles in a month. I came close with 90-something miles, but never succeeded. Running was put on the back burner when I (again) entered prep but I always kind of wanted to say I ran 100 miles in a month.

Again this summer I wanted to achieve this… I came close with 98 a couple of months ago… But then running slowed down before I committed to 75 in July (and succeeded)

I know for a lot of people that’s not much. Hell, a lot of runners pull that off in a week, but for someone who started running 3 miles here and there it’s kind of a lot.

Declaring my goal of 75 miles in July really committed me to it and I actually stuck to it and followed through so I decided to make the 100 miles a goal in august. I started out strong and even with a bad week of quitting running and not quite hitting 20 that week I’m still right on track to hit 100.

As we close in on the end of August I can’t help but think ahead to what’s next. I fully intend to set another mileage goal for September and initially I told myself 100 again. However… It makes me nervous, I admit it’s been tough, I had some bad runs, I’ve had to get up even earlier… But to be able to say this weekend I finally succeeded in this big goal will be rewarding.

So what’s next? Do I want to be a little crazy and do it all over again? With no big commitments and cooler weather finally arriving I’m pretty tempted to do it. I set a goal way back when to double my 2013 miles in 2014 which would be 730. Another big month would definitely help me out in that department… But we shall see how I feel as I finish the last 19 for august.

what’s your next big goal?

Here Goes Nothing

Posted: January 5, 2014 in gear, goals, running

Last Spring I randomly suggested going for a run at the nature park with Jason. This was his first time going there and our first time running together… And it wasn’t awful. For my birthday in April he gave me new running shoes. I was in prep at the time and all I had to wear running was best up frees, which was obviously not the best option.

Between when I started tracking my runs through daily mile and the end of the year I put 365 miles on those best up nike flex something or others… So yeah. I knew I needed new kicks. I had started wearing my old Pegasuses and was aware I needed a more supportive shoe for the new goals I have.

Enter my Christmas present…

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I admit I’m a life long nike shoe snob and thankfully Jason is too. He grabbed me an updated pair of the Pegasus while he was down in Florida and while they felt a bit.. Clunky?… At first I absolutely love them now. It also helps they’re part of the “shield” line and totally look super glue in the dark like in the gym. Yeah, easily amused.

So why the new kicks? Why the emphasis on a more supportive shoe for my “freakishly high arches”?

2014 goal:

A goal: TBD
B goal: 1:59:59 half marathon
C goal: … I hate “just finishing” goals

The goal race is still up in the air as it’s a challenge finding a race on a weekend Jason isn’t at the track, but I’m not too worried about it at this point. There’s still a half a foot of snow/ice on the sidewalks (if they’re plowed at all) so I’m just putting in the time on the treadmill for now and will re-evaluate when the weather is a bit more favourable.

My biggest priority right now is working on eating habits. In the past I’ve taken to running to lose weight/count as cardio… Not specifically to accomplish what I feel is a big goal (for me). I’m not usually one for these type of pictures, but I felt like this was fitting considering my current outlook.

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I’m not a natural runner, nor am I fast or anything special. But I am hardworking and committed to this. I do however refuse to give up lifting and life to accomplish this. I love the gym and I love that running is a tangible goal, but one I can fit into my life rather than try to fit my life around it like competing was.

So here’s to the beginning of my first half marathon training, doubling my miles from 2013 (hitting 730 total) and just being the best running, non-runner I can be.