Goals for 2014, Running

Banking the Miles: August Update

It is officially September… my favorite month of the year!  The end of summer, beginning of fall… new school year for students and teachers, the start of college football (Fire Up Chips!), Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks, leaves start to change, the start of fall weddings (including my own two years ago!), and the temperatures get cooler but not too cool – which is PERFECT running weather!

I ended July with a BANG!  I trained hard at the end of the month and actually beat my mileage goal!  Then when August rolled around, so did I… literally… I rolled around like a lazy pile and barely ran at all.  In the middle of the month I ran a 5k race, then slacked off again until my friend Michelle texted me to ask if I was still planning on doing the half marathon on November 8th.  I told her I was… and she said “Okay, me too, I need to get motivated!  Monday would be the start of a 12 week training plan.  Wait… actually, there’s only 11 weeks until the half marathon!”  Umm… and that was a week ago.  As of August 30th, I officially have 10 weeks to train for my first half marathon.  I’m not entirely sure that I will be able to do it… I will make my decision officially two weeks before the race when the prices go up.

Sometimes you get really blurry, not so flattering race photos... but beggars can't be choosers when they are free race photos...
Sometimes you get really blurry, not so flattering race photos… but beggars can’t be choosers when they are free race photos…

After I panicked a little, I decided to just push hard again and started my training for the half marathon.  I have already encountered a setback or two, but I am determined not to let them derail me.  I completed my first long run-walk yesterday (4 miles).  I am planning to run-walk the half marathon, since the longest distance I have been able to run without stopping has been just under 4 miles, and I tend to be just as fast or faster overall if I run-walk.  So far, so good with the training.  Now let’s talk mileage…

(Note:  I re-did my miles from last year because I had included cycling in my mileage… since this year I have only included running and walking, I decided that was more fair, and it also made my mileage for this year better.  Win!)

  • January 2013: 12.33 miles / January 2014: 15.40 miles
  • February 2013: 2.15 miles / February 2014: 29.24 miles
  • March 2013: 27.85 miles / March 2014: 27.98 miles
  • April 2013: 41.96 miles / April 2014: 43.68 miles
  • May 2013: 45.00 miles / May 2014: 46.19 miles
  • June 2013: 32.96 miles / June 2014: 22.02 miles
  • July 2013: 31.78 miles / July 2014: 33.19 miles
  • August 2013: 37.90 miles / August 2014: 17.15 miles
  • September 2013: 2.30 miles / September 2014:
  • October 2013: 4.24 miles / October 2014:
  • November 2013: 6.60 miles / November 2014:
  • December 2013: 7.73 miles / December 2014:
  • TOTAL 2013: 253 miles / TOTAL 2014: 235 so far

I have a feeling that I will have no problem beating the mileage goals for the rest of the year, since half marathon training has me running 10-20 miles per week.  And I should beat my total miles for 2013 this month, no problem!

In other blogging news… I found this blog about fruit & veggie servings that totally inspired me.  This week I am challenging myself to get in my 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of veggies each day and to take pictures of my food so you, my lovely audience, can see how a dietitian that doesn’t eat like a dietitian gets in her fruits & veggies each day!

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