Tag Archives: run the year 2017

My first year in the Run The Year challenge

2017, you fabulous beast

It’s a wrap. December was a struggle, but that’s what a challenge should be. It’s the first time I’ve ever had to fight for 400K and it wasn’t in the bag until this ridiculously awesome workout. December: 408, 394 steps 9 days below goal (:( but not unexpected and better than December 2016’s 12) December… Read More »

2018 Goals

Like 2017, I’m setting goals for 2018 before 2017 is done. I’m a little nervous about December, but I’ve made my peace with falling slightly below goal as I will far exceed December 2016 and that’s what this is all about. More on December later. Thanks to this little adventure of running, 2017’s goals have… Read More »

Mile High Run Club: Mental edition

I knew I wanted to work out tonight and didn’t have the attention span to stay on the treadmill at the gym. So I checked Mile High Run Club’s schedule and saw there was something called a Jingle Bell Jog on the calendar for 7PM. It was The Distance, which I did not like the… Read More »

Winter Running: #TedCorbitt15K Chapter

I DID IT! The middle facial expression cracks me off because I look like I was miserable, but I had so much fun. And yes, I take responsibility for the snow. I got a text Friday night that they’d make the decision about the race at 6 AM and like Poland Spring, I was half… Read More »

Workouts, Week of 11.27

Between the 2,017 and November recaps, I almost missed this one. I can’t really say this week went as planned as I didn’t have an exact plan, but it went well. Tuesday, I hit the gym with a plan to focus on hills, and that’s what I did while simultaneously trying out a new pair… Read More »

2,017 Miles, Done!

When Caryn first told me about the Run the Year challenge late December/early January, I was curious but knew I’d need to pair up because there was “no way” I could do it on my own. I was just coming off my best ever year for #GoTheDist and I was worried about duplicating that. With… Read More »

Workouts, Week of 11.20

This week shook out almost but not exactly as I planned. Story of our lives, no? Tuesday – High 45 at Mile High Run Club. As I was walking in I saw this wonderful sign. I’m really trying not to overbuy this holiday season, choosing experiences and things of a true value/need. Another three pack… Read More »

Mile High Wind Chill

I’m still trying to work out the balance between routine and rest. I’m pretty sure that’s going to be a thing forever, and I’m OK with that. As I briefly mentioned the other day, hills and weekend long runs are a challenge at the moment, although not an impossible one. The more pressing one to… Read More »

Saturday Six

I was out of the city this weekend for mom’s birthday and was looking forward to a long run. I knew I didn’t want to do endless laps on the course near mom and so when the morning dawned absolutely gorgeous I negotiated the car and headed for Rockland Lake State Park, a place I’ve… Read More »

Turtles Love the Rain #PolandSpringKickOff

well love might be the wrong word. I didn’t sleep a lick last night worrying about whether I was prepared if the race went on, and whether the race would. With no text message when I woke, I checked FB to see all systems go and I… hit snooze. With the rain I knew I… Read More »

Harlem Hills

There’s a race I’m contemplating for 2018 and the first thing I saw when I looked at the course map (always look!) was the damn Harlem Hills. They’re a little mythical to me at this stage as I’ve only done them twice and the first time was also my first ever 10K-a very bad combo.I… Read More »

OctoPR

so I finally Facebook outed my year of running for this week’s #TransformationTuesday. I’ve posted running photos but haven’t really talked about it since I ran the Frozen Penguin. It’s kind of crazy to see the progress I’ve made in just 9.5 months. Since my PR run to close September I’ve had some weird runs.… Read More »

Review: The Courage to Start

I really identify with John Bingham. His No Need for Speed was among the first running books I read when I got into all of this.  Although this is a short intro to some of the topics he covered at length in his other books, I felt like I learned a lot. I also felt… Read More »

Steptember: #GoTheDist 2017 Q3

September was many kinds of weird. Vacation to start the month and I was injured yet again. Still, I closed out the month with a 27 day (and counting) step goal streak. Stat time. September: 444,689 steps 190.7 miles run/walked 34.47 miles run. (Pace: 11:38. Run time: :25:11) Yep, I’m very happy with that.  Overall… Read More »

an awesome medal to close out September

Late August/September were pretty much a hot mess. Not for me personally, luckily, but certainly for much of the world between human and natural disasters. I think that’s part of why US Road Running’s We Are One Virtual race caught my attention. If unclear, it reads as follows: Birth place: Earth Race: Human Politics: Freedom… Read More »

In the books: August 2017

long post to come re: my amazing road trip, but quickly closing out the books on August Came just shy of my full month without goal. I missed it by 20 (!) steps on August 30 and about 1,200 on the 31st. Latter was a conscious choice as I preferred to explore the town I… Read More »

On Gyms, August and September

Exhale, I found a gym. Yesterday’s plan was a follow up on Friday, however only the New York Sports Club at 49th & Broadway was open. It’s nice, and huge. But it’s way too much money. I just don’t want to spend $90/month on a gym no matter how close it is. Speaking of close,… Read More »

Gone: 30 minute goal

after thinking about this on and off for the last few weeks, I just threw the 30 minute daily goal out the window. I had mentally written a blog post for today explaining how much work I had to do to get my average back over 30 minutes after a short run (no running allowed… Read More »

GoTheDist July 2017

before I entered today’s run I was averaging 12:56 pace for average workout time of 30:41. After today’s? 12:53 for 29:52 UGH! I was so close to maintaining the 30 minute average. But I don’t feel badly about cutting today short as my foot finally doesn’t hurt! Not after Saturday’s run and not walking home… Read More »

Transformation Tuesday: 6.2 on 7/4

I’d hoped to do the Firecracker 10K, but registration logistics didn’t work out and I still needed to earn this US Road Running I Run for Bling medal** that came in the mail earlier this week. It was gorgeous and I knew how to get roughly 6.2 out of Central Park, so off I went. About… Read More »

RunTheYear / GoTheDist 2017 Halfway Point

Whooah, we’re half way there…Take my hand and we’ll make it, I swear…Livin’ on a prayer It seems like just yesterday I was setting my 2017 goals and now we’re at the year’s halfway mark. I thought I had a set mileage goal, but I had a 3.8m step goal (with 4m as stretch and… Read More »

Couch to #4x5KChallenge

When I first ran in January (January 7, to be exact) it was .61 miles in 12:00 (19:40 pace, essentially walking) following Runkeeper’s version of the Couch to 5K. That was on a whim when I went to the gym and I had no sense of whether I’d stick with it. A few milestones over… Read More »

Turtles Run 5 Miles

so the race that I couldn’t make up my mind about? It was this morning. Once the forecast changed from rain, I decided why not? I’ve run a longer distance with less mileage under me, and I finished. It might not be pretty, but I could finish this. And if it was awful? Well a… Read More »

March 2017: I ran away from “I can’t”

yep. That’s what happens when #GoTheDist meets #RunTheYear/#RunWithJoy Earlier this month I said: “I’m taking a run at my Q1 2016 goal. Probably impossible, but worth a try.” My Q1 2016 total? 1,008,946 My Q1 2017 total? 1,064,082 That is my best quarter, narrowly topping Q2 2016‘s 1,059,278. I also said: “Why is this still… Read More »