Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Whew, that was close!  

I almost forgot this one.  If I had missed this anniversary there would have been no avoiding those passive aggressive stares looking back at me in the mirror.  I would have never let myself live it down.  I can be so difficult to live with sometimes.

Happy 6th running anniversary to me!  I hear the gift theme for this one is sugar.  That should be easy enough.

Here’s the first entry in my running log from August 15, 2005. 

I ran a whopping 6/10 of a mile.

That was 2,813 miles ago.

From humble beginnings . . . .

Monday, August 1, 2011

Going Streaking

Not quite as consistent as I would like, but I squeaked
past 100 miles during the last workout of the month.

I finally broke the 100 mile/month barrier again.  After a streak of 13 consecutive 100 mile months I decided I needed a break.  I was feeling a bit battered and suffering from shin splints and general aches and fatigue after training for the Croom 50k.  I reluctantly cut my mileage back to about 60 miles/month for two months.

Cutting back was a tough decision and one that made me feel surprisingly guilty.  I tried to console myself by recalling that not too long ago I would have been ecstatic about a 60 mile month.  It didn’t work.  I also tried to remind myself that my original goal was to maintain that level of training for a year – and that I surpassed that goal.  That didn’t work either.  There was no assuaging the guilt, but it was the right decision.  I did suffer a decline in my fitness level, but my legs feel healthy again.  I’m reinvigorated and excited about ramping up the mileage again.

I’ve got plenty to keep me motivated over the next few months.  The Marine Corps Marathon in October, the Space Coast Marathon in November, the Key West Ragnar Relay and a Doppel gathering at the Miami Marathon in January, a possible attempt at a 50 mile ultra in the spring, and probably a few other treats along the way.

So let the streaking begin.  I’ve got a 13 month PR to break. 

And for those of you that I lured into reading this post with a deceptively prurient title: