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Good news, bad news

December 17, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

After completing the Richmond Marathon, running wasn’t high on my priority list. All I felt like doing was getting some rest. When I did run, I felt unmotivated despite having one more goal this year. Then I got sick. Talk about being unmotivated.

Then came this week. I have finally felt healthy and rested, so this week was about getting back on my feet and feeling normal again. At week’s end, I find myself just shy of 20 miles (19.6 to be exact), including a “long” run today of 6.1 miles that made me like running again. Today was the first time since the marathon that I can say I felt like running for a reason. I felt comfortable and once again I felt focused. I think all I needed was downtime to get back to this feeling, but in the past month I have been frustrated instead of being patient.

Today is a relief. With 90 days to go until the Shamrock Half Marathon, it felt like a kickoff training run. Finally, I can run with confidence again.

Now, about that 1,000-mile goal. I should have done this a while ago, but today I went back and recalculated my mileage from the year. Since hitting 1,000 miles was never a goal until I realized how close I was to it, my mileage-keeping wasn’t the best. While my weekly mileage was accurate, I had a few miscalculations for monthly totals including being off a few miles in January, June and 10 miles in September. All total I have 13 fewer miles as of today for the year than I thought I had. I’m at 944.7. While hitting 1,000 miles is still a possibility, it’s a little more out of reach than I first thought, especially with a trip coming up. I blame my usually good math skills on this one, but getting sick and having two weeks with just 7 miles certainly didn’t help.

I’m a little mad at myself, but like I’ve already said, hitting quadruple digits just wasn’t something I thought about until recently. With time running out in 2007, I need two 28-mile weeks. While I want to be in the 25-30 mile range for my half marathon training, I don’t want to overdo it just to hit 1,000 miles. Coming off a rest period and an illness, I don’t think it’s the smart thing to do. Between now and the end of the year, I want to run smart before I get heavy into training again and higher mileage.

This all being said, I’ll lay out my 2008 goals sometime soon. And you better believe running 1,000 miles will be on the list.

  1. Danny
    December 17, 2007 at 7:06 am


    i agree you shouldn’t push yourself and get hurt, it’s just a number. although it is a cool number! maybe you can cheat a little bit. like say, run 1000 miles in “fiscal 2007”
    – like maybe from jan 15 to jan 15. (then on jan 16th you can still say “i ran 1000 miles last year”!)

  2. David H.
    December 17, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    That’s an awesome idea… I guess we often get stuck with things to do in a calendar year that it’s hard to get creative like that!

  3. Pokey
    December 18, 2007 at 4:01 am

    Just found your blog….I have to say that your weight loss journey is AWESOME! Funny how so many of us start running to lose weight….and some of us are still working on it! 😛

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