Streaking for Mental Health

No, not the kind of streaking that gets you kicked out of baseball games. I’m doing a run/walk streak in May to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. The streak started on May 1st to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month.

I have avoided streaks in the past because I don’t really like to do anything with strict guidelines. Knowing I have to run every single day makes me not want to run every single day. With this streak, though, we are encouraged to walk or run, as long as we get in a mile every day. We share our journey with each other and offer support to those who are struggling. It doesn’t feel strict or specific. I’m able to decide whether I want to run or walk, and I’m able to do my other workouts and cross training right along with it without it overwhelming me.

Doing this streak has given me a lot of time to think about my goals for upcoming races and events. In two weeks I will be running the Bayshore Half Marathon. I have set myself an A, B and C goal for the race.

A – Finish in 2:30:00 or less. Far fetched goal, considering my official and unofficial half marathon PRs are almost 10 minutes slower than that. But it is still something I really would like to accomplish, and I hope that I will be able to do it sometime in 2018.

B – Finish in 2:39:04 or less. My unofficial half marathon PR is 2:39:05, which I earned over a year ago while training for the River Bank Run 25k. It was during a 14 mile training run doing either 2/1 or 3/1 run/walk intervals.

C – Finish in 2:39:46 or less. My official half marathon PR is 2:39:47 from the Capital City River Run 2017, which I did 3/1 intervals for.

I ran a 10 mile training run with a couple of my friends today and we did 3/1 intervals. Our pace was consistent with reaching my C goal and darn close to my B goal (I mean they really aren’t that far apart anyway). I felt relieved when my friend Christine told me she wanted to run together and she wanted to do the intervals with me. I knew we were planning on running together but I also know that she is a much faster runner than I am, and I don’t want to keep anyone from aiming for a PR if they think they can reach it. And of course I will still feel that way on race day, too if she changes her mind. Who knows, the weather could be absolutely perfect and she could be feeling amazing – I would not want to hold her back from a potential PR.

Overall, I am super excited about Bayshore weekend. I’m always looking forward to running weekends, but this one in particular is going to be a lot of fun. I have a ton of friends that are running it and lots of plans for before and after. Plus the location is absolutely beautiful! The only thing that would make it better is if my hubby is able to come – unfortunately he will probably have to work. But I know that he will be there in spirit with me!

Want to know more about the run streak I’m doing? Check out my last post here. And let me know if any of you are going to be at Bayshore! I’d love to hear from my followers that will be doing the same races as me.

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