Sunday, October 24, 2010

Reaching New Heights

Huh, I didn't even realize Brandon had blogged this week. Oh well ...

What I have to say kind of stems from what he said. I forced out my last scheduled run for the week this afternoon after I got home from work. I wanted to run yesterday, but actually sleeping in for a change, stress and a lot of crap to do ended up pushing running - and a workout in general - off the docket. Which I wasn't happy about.

So come today. It's kind of cold (freaking ski season has already started (!!!!) in the mountains) and I still feel like crap from all the food I ate yesterday and I really had no motivation to run. But, as much as I may tolerate slacking off on my cross-training, I'm NOT deviating from the half-mar plan.

So I went. I went on the low end of the mileage range (5-6; did 5.12), but I did it.

And I logged it ... and I saw my weekly total - 20.99 miles*. First ever week over 20. EVER. For someone who has had a ton of weeks in the past of mileage of anywhere from 1-3 miles (and as recently as six or seven weeks ago), this is HUGE.

I've also surpassed my highest run month total and have one more big week left in October ... let's just say I never thought I'd run this much EVER in my life.

Still, it's kind of nice realizing that 4-5 miles is now "short" while as little as 9 months ago, that was a "long" run.

* totally forgot my footnote earlier ... but I meant to write that once I saw that total, I was SO TEMPTED to run to the mailbox and back or something just to get that extra .01. But I didn't.


  1. Congrats on the training this week! Especially that 11 miler! Just remember that the long runs are not meant to be at any speed, it's meant to get your body used to keeping moving for a long time. LOL about the 4 miles being "short", I just said the same thing last week. I was relieve the one day we ONLY had to do 4 :-P

  2. I never thought I'd run as much as I have either

    Good for you!!

  3. That's awesome! :)
    That is a great realization, isn't it?
    I second Kris' comment, and my mother told me the same thing: the long runs just are to get your body used to moving that long. I did time my 12-miler, though, just out of curiosity and to see if I could get an approximation of what to expect for my finish time. (I wound up finishing my race faster than that 12 miler, though :D )
    Keep it up! I'm so excited for you guys!