Runniversary

I’ve been running a year now!

My first “official” run last year was a 5k Turkey Trot, but to prepare for that I worked my way through the Couch to 5k program.

Slowly…I think it took me closer to 9 weeks because I wasn’t running 3x a week.

But I got it done.

My Progress for the past year of running:

  • November: Turkey Trot 5k
  • December: Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run 5k
  • March: Lucky Lady 5k (Virtual)
  • April: I Run Like A Girl 5k (Virtual)
  • May: Run to Remember (Virtual) 1×10 (1 mile a day for 10 days)
  • June: Race Against Hate 10k (my first 10k!!!)
  • July: Rock n Roll 10k
  • August: went hiking instead…discovered that I miss running
  • September: drumroll please…

Beat The Blerch

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What the heck is this?

If you’re a fan of The Oatmeal, you’ve probably seen his comic strip on why he runs, if you haven’t, definitely worth checking out HERE.

What started out as a comic strip soon morphed into a real run, more recently a virtual option was added for those who wanted to get in on the fun, but couldn’t travel to Seattle.

I decided to do the Virtual as a 10k this week:

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My slowest time yet for a 10k, definitely felt that I haven’t been running often enough or long enough when I do. That combined with just running by myself, led to a very slow time.

But I did it!

and I made myself a fun little training motivation bracelet too!

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What’s Next?

October: I‘m open to suggestions! – probably a Virtual 5k related to Halloween? Chicago’s Monster Dash?

November: I’m thinking of doing another Turkey Trot – t.b.d. based on if we’re traveling for Thanksgiving or not.

December: ???

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Work in Progress

How has my training program been going?

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Look familiar?

I”m making progress, moving forward. Maybe not always as fast as I want, maybe back-sliding some or having days where I just don’t want to get out of bed, but if I look back at where I started, I see the path I’ve walked.

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I also get to look around and see where I am in my journey, take time to enjoy the view and breathe…

…while I see what I have yet to achieve.

 

 

Finding my Limits

One of the best things to come out of my hike in South Dakota is a real test of my hiking training program.

Unfortunately the Chicago area is very limited for hills, and stair training can only do so much – so now I’m adding additional exercises to improve my functional strength, stability and mobility in three areas of limitations:

Ankles, Hips and Wrists!

Ankle and Hip limitations are almost self-explanatory – just look at this terrain:

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Intentional Progress – Mid-Year Update

How are your 2017 Intentions going?

If you missed it or need a refresher, my 2017 Intentions are here

My Progress on Intention 1 & 2:

Intention 1: Walk & Run More – Success!

I joined a walking/running challenge called Run the Year, where the goal is to do 2017 miles this year. This can be walking or running, as well as attempted individually or as part of a team. I’ve decided to track of all steps, not just intentional activity.

My individual status as of 7/18/2017

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