Great morning for a run!

  
I’m not sure if it was the roosters crowing as I started my run or the rising sun. 

  
Maybe the cool temperature or the nine hours of sleep I got. 

  
Maybe it’s the relief of not having marathon training held over my head. After two soccer games today as well as a trip to Target, Costco, and Kroger there definitely wasn’t time for a long run. 

  
All I know is that my run today was back on pace where it should be! I loved every minute of it!

Run streak day 240!!!

200 down! How many more to go!?!?

Back on December 27, 2014 I started my run streak. My goal was to run at least 1 mile a day for 365 days. I set this goal as part of an online running group.  One of the members of the group is going to purchase jackets with the group name Magic Milers if you complete the challenge. 

When I first started out on this venture I thought it would be a daunting task, but I also thought it was possible to complete. As days turned into weeks I became impressed with myself for keeping up with my goal. 

July 14, 2015 marked day 200 of my run streak!  I almost can’t believe I have made it this far.  There were days in late April where I had some allergy related asthma issues and barely ran the minimum 1 mile, but I did it!  I have run in rain, snow, hot, and cold. I have run in the very early morning hours of 1 AM and the last hours of the day 11 PM. 

In the past 200 days I have run 858 miles. I have a new 5k PR: 25:50, a new half marathon PR: 1:54:39, and a new marathon PR: 4:15:22!

People ask me what I am going to do when I get to my 365 days goal. I am not really sure (I have to get there first!), but right now I think I will continue to run!

Here’s to 165 + more days of running

RUNNING WHILE ON VACATION

Running on vacation is possible with some planning. Since starting my run streak I have had to make sure I can find a place to run no matter where I am. That is not always easy. I have had to wait in line for a treadmill and sometimes use treadmills that weren’t in the best shape. I prefer to run outside, but sometimes that is not a safe option. 

  
On our recent trip to Disney World I ran everyday. I ran in the evening, early morning, and even super early morning one day. ( we arrived back at the resort from a day in the parks @ 12:50 AM, so I went for a run since it was technically the next day!) I enjoyed the scenery on my runs and welcomed the change. It was fun to stop and take in my surroundings.  My family even joined me once or twice. 

  

We ran to New Orleans and back one day

  

the family that runs together , has fun together! runDisney!

  

Checking out Hollywood Studios

    

a view of the Eiffel Tower

  

The wonderful views help with the pace!

 

   
   

Do you run while on vacation?

Do you run on a treadmill or venture out?

WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP WEEK 19

This was my recovery week. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as sore as I thought I would be. My body in general was tired, but not too bad. 

I also had some new shoes to try out this week. Brian bought me the New Balance Zante fresh foams and they are awesome!

MONDAY

I opted to sleep in and skip Yogalates. My body was tired and needed the extra sleep. 

1 mile run. This was rough, I think I looked like an old lady when I took off. 9:10 pace

TUESDAY

Strength and conditioning. Lisa subbed which always means a good class, thankfully it focused mainly on our upper body. We did run outside some, but my legs were feeling pretty good for the short runs. 

1 mile run @ 8:25 pace

WEDNESDAY

Tabata

3 mile run @ 9:26 pace. It was so hot tonight!

THURSDAY 

Strength and conditioning

I was so tired after work and was putting off my run. I took a short nap and then laid with my legs up the wall for about 10 minutes. I got up and felt  so freshed.

  

I even had some partners for my run and for the first time that I can remember, I beat Emma! 1 mile run @ 8:03 pace

  

FRIDAY

 Ladies Rock Dayton  4 mile race @ 8:22 pace

SATURDAY

1 mile run @ 8:01 pace

SUNDAY

4 mile run @ 8:25 pace

This weeks workouts were a nice and relaxing. Now it’s time to get back into gear with my runs for my next half marathon at the end of June. 

Weekly mileage 15 miles 

May mileage 43 miles

Run streak 135 days!

WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP WEEKS SIXTEEN, SEVENTEEN, AND EIGHTEEN

Oops! I guess I have been slacking on my recaps. Actually I knew I hadn’t posted, I just wasn’t feeling the workouts the last few weeks and writing about it at the time was making me relive a not so great workouts. I guess the whole tapering business messes with my head. It does seem to work well with my body though, but more about that later. 

MONDAY APRIL 13

Yogalates

1 mile run @ 7:26 pace

TUESDAY APRIL 14

Strength and Conditioning

5 miles @ 8:32 pace

WEDNESDAY APRIL 15

Tabata

6 mile run @ 8:45 pace

THURSDAY APRIL 16

Strengh and Conditioning 

5 mile run @ 8:48 pace

FRIDAY

1 mile run @ 7:53 pace

SATURDAY APRIL 18

7 mile run @ 9:20 pace

SUNDAY APRIL 19

4 mile run @ 8:14 pace

MONDAY APRIL 20

Yogalates

1 mile run @ 8:21 pace

TUESDAY APRIL 21

Strength and Conditioning

4 mile run @ 8:24 pace

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22

5 mile run @ 8:43 pace

THURSDAY APRIL 23

Strength and Conditioning

1 mile run @ 8:04 pace

Yoga sculpt. This is a new class at a local studio. It is a great class that I will have to try again now that marathon training is over. It was yoga with weights and a little bit of cardio. It was a great workout. 

FRIDAY APRIL 24

4 mile run @ 8:17 pace

SATURDAY APRIL 25

3 mile run @ 8:32 pace

SUNDAY APRIL 26

8 miles @ 8:48 pace

TAPER TIME!

MONDAY APRIL 27

Yogalates

1 mile run @ 8:01 pace

TUESDAY APRIL 28

3 miles @ 8:33 pace

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29

Tabata

4 mile run @ 8:56 pace

THURSDAY APRIL 30

3 mile run @ 9:02 pace

FRIDAY MAY 1

1 mile run @ 8:12 pace

SATURDAY MAY 2 

1 mile run @ 8:00 pace

SUNDAY MAY 3 

FLYING PIG MARATHON 

26.2 miles @ 9:44 pace (race recap coming soon)

So I guess I actually missed three weeks in there.  

April mileage 148 miles!

May mileage 28 miles

Run streak 130 days

WEEKLY WORKPUT RECAP WEEK FIFTEEN

This week started out much better than last week. I felt pretty good for the most part. By FRIDAY, my cough was back with a vengeance and my weekend runs didn’t go quite as planned. I think that is why I held off on posting this, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get my full last long run in. I have come to realize I am as prepared distance wise as I can be. And I just need to move on. 

MONDAY

No Yogalates today. I was pretty tired today and decided to just sleep in. 

1 mile run outside @ 7:26 pace. This run started out great and then two dogs came running up on me. They looked threatening (to me!) and thanks to 3 wonderful neighbors who came to my rescue as well as a random guy in his car trying to corral the dogs I was able to finally continue on my way. I did encounter the dogs again as I was almost finished with my run, but I was able to divert them. 

TUESDAY

Strength and Conditioning

Courtney subbed for Mike so we actually did Tabata. 

5 mile run outside  @ 8:32 pace. 

WEDNESDAY

Tabata 

Lisa subbed for Courtney and it was a Tabata style class. 

6 mile run outside @ 8:44 pace. 

THURSDAY

Strength and Conditioning

Mike kicked our butt today. 

5 mile run outside @ 8:48 pace. 

FRIDAY

1 mile run outside @ 7:54 pace. 

SATURDAY

I switched my run with Sunday due to impending rain. I had to run late in the afternoon because Alex had a soccer tournament. 

I had 20 planned, a few miles in I decided to change to 12 because I was coughing all day and really congested. I ended up stopping at 7 and made the “call of shame” to Brian to pick me up. 7 miles outside @ 9:21 pace. I ended up doing a breathing treatment afterwards. My body was exhausted. 

SUNDAY

4 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:14 pace. 

Weekly mileage 29 miles

Monthly mileage 82 miles

Yearly mileage 501 miles 

Run Streak 114 days

I was really disappointed in myself for not running my 20 miles, but I know that my health is more important. I also know I have recently done some long runs and I will be fine fitness wise come race day. Here’s to the last two weeks of marathon training!

WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP WEEK FOURTEEN

This was a tough week for runs. I have been battling a cough and chest congestion. I almost broke my run streak because I felt so bad, but I made it out every day this week and many days it was only to keep the streak alive. 

MONDAY

Yogalates

1 mile run outside @ 8:24 pace. This was the first of many slow runs due to a tight chest as I ran. 

TUESDAY

Strength and Conditioning

2 mile run outside @ 9:35 pace. This was supposed to be 5 and it was all I could do to get through the 2. 😦

WEDNESDAY

Tabata Lisa subbed today and it was a great class. I did take it easy as there was a lot of cardio ( she did an adapted Tabata and kicked our butts) and my breathing/chest tightness/coughing was still bothering me. 

1 mile run outside @ 8:45 pace. This run was bad all around. I was trying to dodge rain showers and about halfway in it started to rain. I finished about a 1/4 mile from home and was just going to walk because I couldn’t stop coughing. It thundered and started to rain harder, so I jogged the rest of the way home. 

THURSDAY

Strength and Conditioning

1 mile run outside @9:06 pace. 

FRIDAY

1 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:30 pace. Then I napped (all this coughing is wearing me out!) and then went to the Doctor. 

SATURDAY

5 mile run outside @ 8:53 pace. After being pumped full of medicine, I felt ok running today. It was definitely the best I felt all week. I did have one coughing fit during my run that I think shot me into the air in a star jump (at least it was entertaining for the neighbors!)

Yard work for about an hour

SUNDAY

12 miles @ 9:17 pace. I was supposed to run 20 today, but at the advice of my husband and Doctor, I decided to switch my run with next weekend. This was definitely a good choice. I will do my last long run next week and then will be all set to taper after that. 

Weekly mileage 23 miles

Monthly mileage 53 miles 

Yearly mileage 472 miles

Run Streak 107 days

Let’s hope for better running this week!