Today is my 28th consecutive day of running. Alright, it’s not much to be excited about. Especially if you know that exactly half of that has been stinky little single miles. But I set out to try this for a month, and I have no inclination to stop. So that, I’m excited about. I’m also really tickled that this has fixed by problem of missing runs. I’ve had to do a few desperate things to keep this going so now I realize now that all those folks that I was falling all over myself admiring for doing this for so many decades, yeah, they have treadmills. I’m convinced. Last night, I went ahead and just ran in a thunderstorm. One big lesson there: get that run when you can. We had a gorgeous day all day. I managed to busy myself with life (that didn’t involve being at work) and waited until the evening, when a storm was kicking. Yeah, I didn’t check the weather like I learned I was supposed to. But I was at home, which means I have about 10 pairs of old running shoes that can get soaked and lightening doesn’t worry me, so run in the thunderstorm I did.
My parents are moving from New Jersey back to Savannah which meant I was in New Jersey, helping pack the moving truck for most of last week (we’re big do-it-yourselfers). So that was five days of getting by on the bare minimum of one mile a day and mostly at midnight, each day. The last of those was Saturday night, after a 7 something hour drive from Atlanta (where we didn’t leave Atlanta until 5pm). So, I set out to get a little mileage in on Sunday and barely hacked out five miles. My body has decided that’s its new threshold. Since the race, I haven’t managed to all-out run more than five miles without having to include a little walking, for whatever reason. I only took about three days off between the race and the streak. I have tendencies to get a little freaked out when I sense that I’m losing ground that I’ve fought hard to gain. I experienced something similar in CrossFit when, after many months of improvement, I started to get slower. Who knows what causes this crap. Am I failing to push myself? Anyway, I’m keeping my cool on this and working on building myself back up. I am definitely someone who must fight constantly to keep any progress I make. Does it work like that for you guys??
Since I’ve gotten home, I’ve been doing my runs during the day. I prefer the evening/night, but I figure I’ve got to get myself used to the heat. So, I ran at the beach for the last few days, mostly out of laziness because it’s two blocks from my house. It’s a fine place to run. I just haven’t perfected the whole coming up behind people that are walking and slipping by them without scaring the peewine and green goose mess out of them (my Mama’s terminology). Now I realize there is etiquette for this type of situation. I’m just working on my execution. At first, I felt like my desperate huffing as well as (what I imagine to be) slapping footfalls (that I know is improper form), coupled with a polite “excuse me” would announce my approach, however a test pass past a strolling middle-aged couple proved that this was not the case. The poor woman just about back-flipped into the sand while her husband ran off the sidewalk like he was dodging a speeding bus. (Speeding, no, but bus, perhaps.) I apologized ALL over myself, and continued on in humiliation. Okay, maybe I’m not as loud as I think I am. Shortly after were two ladies with whom I was determined to do MUCH better. So at about 10 feet away, I politely said “coming up on your left” yet somehow earned the same reaction. I’m now taking out my earphones for the maneuver so as to more accurately hear what others are hearing. Clearly I am better suited for the night/lonesome running that I’ve been doing. My favorite location is the Bay St. Louis Bridge:
Ok, this was taken post-run, so you’ll have to forgive the squiggle-vision. Guess I’ve gotta get my shots before I run, or it’s gonna be “Dr. Katz”. Anyway, it’s two miles across with a wide, fenced off running lane, and hardly anyone on it later in the day. Somehow I always have fantastic runs here. It’s a magical bridge.
Today I registered for the Pensacola Marathon – November 11………..so, woo hoo! I’m the kind of chick that has to get locked in and all obligated to make sure I do the work. Since I apparently need some more mileage buildup, I’m doing this appropriately named “Mileage Buildup Schedule” for the next couple of months before I start training. (From Art Liberman’s website, marathontaining.com.)
Mileage Buildup Schedule (Schedule I)
I’m not doing the whole thing, just jumping in around week 10. We’ll see how that goes.
I have lots to talk about, but I gotta rush and catch a few hours of sleep before work tomorrow. I sat up to wash all my running clothes for the week. Streaking equal lots of laundry. More later!