I am trying out something new with this blog. My life is not thaaaat interesting and taking the time to write about all the things that I do and find interesting to me is most likely not going to be interesting to anyone else. I wanted to begin writing about something I’m really passionate about and something that I really enjoy doing….. running/fitness. I’ve mentioned all my running activities in the past on here, but I kind of just want to focus on this part of my life from here on out. And I guess it is part of my life now… weird.
We’re approaching April 1st which means the first quarter of the year is almost complete. One of my resolutions/goals at the beginning of the year was to run 1000 miles in 2011. I’ve had a few set backs but I have managed to log 151.53 miles through March 27th (yesterday). I’m a little bit behind schedule but I figured with me ruining my left ankle for the 19th time in January and then with my recent insane travel schedule (Colorado, St. Louis, London), 151.53 miles isn’t too terrible. That leaves me with 23 mile weeks from here on out. I am honestly not that worried about not accomplishing my goal because I still have 2, possibly 3, marathons to train for still. Chicago is coming up on October 9th, with training beginning at the end of April. I also find out in April whether or not I got drawn into the NYC Marathon again. I really hope that I do because it’s just a fun place to run. Whoa, April is apparently a busy month for me because I am doing the Warrior Dash in North Texas for the second year in a row. Anywho… the NYC Marathon is in November and then follow that with the Las Vegas Marathon in December. The LV one will be awesome because we’ll finish at night on the Strip. With all those to train for and to actually run, I’m not sweating reaching 1000 miles. It will be a very cool accomplishment if I do achieve it though.
I’ve been running with quite a bit of pace lately and it’s probably been a full month that I haven’t had a run longer than 8 miles that I didn’t finish below 8 minute miles (if that sentence makes sense at all). I ran 7 miles on Friday out to a friend’s house, and it felt like I was going terribly slow… finished with a 7:38 pace so I’m not sure what was/is going on actually. It makes me begin wondering on what I can actually do for the marathon. I’m going to go ahead and assume that Chicago will be my best bet to PR since it will be the first one. I need to read how it actually runs and if there are hills or if it is relatively fast. My recent jump in pace has got me thinking that maybe I could try for a 3:45 marathon or maybe if I want to make my heart explode, a 3:30 marathon. My OKC time was 4:11, and NYC was exactly 4:00. Since NYC, I’ve lost 15 pounds and would most likely attribute my gain in speed to that loss. I have some time, but I think I am going to shoot for 3:45 and anything below(??) that time is gravy.
I mentioned that I have lost a few lbs since the New Year and that, of course, was part of my resolution/goal list as well. My friends Scott and Britnee are getting married in Turks and Caicos and that has been the main reason behind this healthy lifestyle change. It began in January 2010, but it took a real distinct change for the better this past December. I’ve been running for that entire time and started working out hardcore beginning in December. Now, I am looking into something new to add to my routine. I’ve began inquiring about CrossFit. I know a few folks that are into it and they have said nothing but good things about it. I hope to check it out very soon and will update accordingly, letting you know how it goes.
So there you go… an update on my quest for 1000 miles and a quick update on my thoughts for this blog. Keep up with me with RunKeeper. Let me know what you think about it all!