Saturday, March 3, 2012


... and I will run 1,000 more.


I started a new running streak. I previously participated in the Runner's World 2011 Holiday Run Streak. The goal was to run at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day - 39 days of consecutive running.

I learned a lot about myself during this run streak. I ran in environments and at times I never thought I would:

·         I ran at 6 a.m.
·         I ran at 4 a.m.
·         I ran at 1 a.m. after hanging out in Atlanta (and two drinks).
·         I barely got by, beginning a run at 11:50 a.m.
·         I ran in 19 degrees.
·         I ran in rain, hail, sleet AND snow.
·         I ran in Indiana, Texas, Georgia, California, Ohio and Colorado.

The most important thing I experienced during this streak was the support of my family, friends and colleagues. I assumed everyone would think that was the crazy runner doing something they could never comprehend and actually discourage my running. To the contrary, and much to my surprise, they were very supportive of my endeavors. Everyone encouraged me to keep the streak going, no matter the obstacles (or the weather). They helped me define time amidst my busy schedule and were flexible with me in making plans, always asking “when are you going to run?”

In light of that positive experience, I decided to do another streak. The goal of this new running streak is to run everyday (at least one mile of course) from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. If I can do 39 days over the holidays, surely I can run 40 Days for Lent (48 to be exact). I am now 11 days into the streak (technically, 10 because I have yet to run on day 11 – I’ll handle that this afternoon) and am having a similar positive experience. So far the weather has been amazing and I haven’t had to run in too many crazy conditions. Yesterday, however, I ran in 27 mph winds amidst a tornado warning. For a good quarter mile stretch I felt like I was running in place. I do not advise this. Hopefully, this will be the only inclement weather run to report as spring rolls around the corner.

I am looking forward to learning more about myself and the sport of running during this streak. I will be sure to keep you posted. Until then, I wanted to share a quote/photo about running that I absolutely love:


The Full Mary

It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you ...

In a previous post, I committed to running my first full marathon in 2012. I am honoring that commitment and signing up for the San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon on November 11.

I put together my training program (thanks to our dear friend  Hal Higdon). I decided on an 18 week Novice 2 program that includes a 22 mile run. Most training progams stop at 20 miles and I don't understand why. 6.2 miles, after running 20, is a lot of miles to will your way through. I will feel more confident having at least experienced 20+  miles. I start my training the first week of July and am so very nervous about it. I am confident that I will finish the race and train without injury, but something about beginning this process makes me so nervous, excitingly so.

Until my training begins, I will keep up my base mileage and improve my functional fitness. I noticed a few months ago that my left leg felt more dominant during runs, especially on the treadmill. I started doing more body weight exercise, single leg and balance exercises to help. Marathon training is serious, so I want to make sure that my body is ready to handle the increase in mileage.

Oh man, here it goes ...