Goal check: 52 miles left to complete my cumulative distance goal this year. Averaging a little more than 4 miles per day this month.
Still trying to figure out what to focus on next year. I’ve done volume (15 races in 2013) and distance (ran my first marathon, clocked 448 miles so far) but I’d also love to be a faster runner and a better competitor. Running is still a struggle, I just like it better now and can go longer. So maybe getting faster is the next thing.
Today is National Hug a Runner Day! Have you done your part yet?
(A picture from the Philadelphia Half Marathon this week last year)
Since it’s nearing the end of my race season, and the end of the year, I thought now would be a perfect time to check in on some goals.
This is the list I set for myself in January:
- Run one marathon or two halfs. Done! See the Steamtown recap here.
- Clock 500 miles of running. That’s roughly 9.6 miles per week. Last year I managed 324 running miles and 60 of cycling. Almost done. I have logged 398 miles of running so far! (Also, 200 miles of cycling)
- Beat 27 minutes in my 5k. So close! My best official 5k this year was 27:06.
- Have success at my new job. Ongoing! Loving my job, and growing professionally.
- Live healthfully in all aspects — physical, mental and emotional. Don’t let negativity or self doubt drag me down. A constant struggle, but I do make an effort.
- Watch 100 movies I’ve never seen. Up to 51 movies, ranging from The Matrix to Blue Jasmine. Probably won’t make the number goal, but I’m happy to have made the effort.
- Read more. Miserable failure. Since our book club dissolved, I’ve read even less than I did last year — only about 10 books in all.
- Personally save $10,000 this year, for our wedding or a house. HAHAHAHAHA ok
- Go to BlizzCon if we can get tickets. Check!
- Be more “present” in the moment. That means putting the iPhone away. Evolving, but I do make a conscious effort to keep my phone in my purse most times.
- Love. Be happy. Enjoy. Good goals for all the time.
There are six weeks until January. Six weeks to complete my goals.
Most importantly to me right now is hitting 500 miles. I have 100 miles to cover in 43 days, which means I need to hit about 16.5 miles per week, every single week from now until then.
My bags are packed. Carbs are being loaded. Coffee is slowly waking me up. And as soon as Pokemon X downloads I’ll be ready to head off to the marathon expo!
This morning I’m having a bowl of my favorite pumpkin oatmeal. It’s just old fashioned oats cooked with 1/4 cup puréed pumpkin, with cinnamon, a little brown sugar, and some nuts or dried cranberries for something extra. Very filling and then you get a vegetable serving to start your day.
My fiancé said this yesterday, but can you imagine if I brought my new 3DS as a pedometer for the race? Think of all the play coins!
(For non Nintendo nerds: the 3DS had a built in pedometer and for every 100 steps you take you earn one that you can redeem for special rewards or features you can’t get any other way.)
I didn’t blog much this summer, for a few reasons. One, I was insanely busy (excuses excuses). But also, having a knee injury was devastating to my confidence and motivation.
At the end of July, I could barely walk without pain or my knee completely locking up.
Officially, I was diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome.
I had a horrible experience with Penn Orthopedics, and a doctor who told me that, essentially, my knee would just always hurt and that 8 miles is really the longest reasonable distance I could ever do without pain. His response made me feel awful, dismissed and angry.
So I took my business elsewhere. Thanks to lots of hard work, lots of forced rest and the guidance of Brandi at Excel Physical Therapy, my legs are stronger and more stable now.
I was ordered not to run until my six weeks of physical therapy were over. Aside from finishing up the Couch to 5k course I was teaching and some spin classes, I really didn’t do much.
Brandi and I spent two mornings a week stretching, practicing balance moves, doing weighted leg lifts and silly side steps.
I got better slowly, but still didn’t run more than 3-5 miles at a time for most of the summer. As part of my therapy I have to tape up my knees with Leuokotape Sports Tape every single time I run. It looked like I’d probably have to drop out of the marathon and reconsider it for another year.
In late August I managed my first 13 miler but still assumed I’d have to drop out of Steamtown — my Hal Higdon marathon training plan got totally borked by the setback and I didn’t think I’d be ready. Then I raced in September and got a big PR in my 5k! Hey, confidence! Missed you! Welcome back.
My inner dialogue became something like “Well, I’ll run Steamtown and then just drop out whenever I’ve had enough. If I can make it to 16 or 18 miles I’ll be happy.”
Lies lies LIES. There’s no way I’d ever be happy with that. So last weekend I set out to do 18 miles, no matter how long it took. Even if I had to walk a few. I wasn’t allowed to come home until it was done.
I did 20.
And now, even though I didn’t train my best, I know I can finish this race. Can’t wait!
This weekend I clocked my 700th mile on Runkeeper over almost exactly a year and a half. 500 of that was covered by running, the rest by cycling, hiking and walking. It felt like a pretty decent milestone, even though it came after a particularly painful training run: just 6 miles, but my left knee felt like it couldn’t handle any weight by the end.
I saw this rainbow at the end, though, and it was a welcome sight. Double rainbow all the way! What does it meaaaan???
Yesterday I ran my second half marathon, the most challenging race I’ve done to date. It was two hours and twenty minutes of being in my own thoughts, climbing hills, beautiful scenery and searing hip flexor pain.
But now after a somewhat decent night’s sleep, a handful of Oreo cookies and a rose-flavored bubble bath, I’m (mostly) recovered and looking forward to the future. Yesterday was a humbling experience and one that incited many rambling, internal conversations during those long 13 miles. I look forward to recapping the race, but first…I should probably explain how I got here.
- Phillies 5k (In case you missed it)
- The Zombie Run
- Gener8tion Run 8k
- Run for Jake 5k
- 2013 Broad Street Run