One year running anniversary

Yep, today is a year to the day since this little whim started. And like was true in March, I truly ran away from I can’t.

My first run, January 6, 2017

I knew I wanted to mark it somehow today, but wasn’t sure exactly. There was a since cancelled NYRR 10K that I thought about, but couldn’t commit to due to schedule, and ultimately opted against due to the ridiculous cold. Even once I finally got off the couch I wasn’t sure since my training plan is off kilter so I played it by ear once I got to the gym.

  • 12 or 19 miles? Definitely not in the cards
  • 19 minutes, too short after bailing at 15 minutes yesterday
  • 6 miles, 40 minutes? Maybe, but I should do more.
  • something with 7s or 8s for the years?

7s are wild. As is my love of pink

Verdict? Lucky 7s.

I was thinking about 8.08 or 8.88 to celebrate 2018, but I was starting to feel twinges in my hip and my Achilles and with a taper on tap, decided not to push it too much further. After I reset the treadmill (max is 60m), I set it for another 28 and targeted 2.49 more miles. WOW!

In this last year (including January 6, 2017 and 2018) I’ve run 490.71 miles. That’s an average of 1.34 miles, which is amusing as that’s about what I did as a warmup yesterday. Considering how much of summer I spent healing, that’s amazing.

Run The Year: 780

Speaking of amazing, I found this chart posted to the Run The Year facebook and modified it to meet my goal of 780 running miles. So helpful to see where you are vs. should be to hit a goal. Yeah, me and my spreadsheets!

Other thoughts:

  • I read 33 books about running.
  • I’ve learned the difference between “I don’t want to get off the couch” and “I don’t want to run”
  • I do love running for the better part of an hour and learned a lot about myself as I touched on at the end of November.
  • I lost 23 lbs, even though this was never about weight loss.
  • I am super proud of myself.

Poke treat

A key tenet of #GoTheDist is non food rewards, and today is a hybrid of the two. The yoga mat in today’s 7s run was a gift to myself with a Modells closing last weekend so I could use the foam roller from Santa. And the poke, well that was a food reward but it was too cold to brain.

I’m going to miss people, but here are just some of the rockstars who have made this happen: Liz, Robby, Britt, the folks in the Run the Year/Hive Facebook group, and my long time buddies in my Fitbit challenges.

Here’s to another year of magic.

Workouts, week of Jan 1:

New Years Day: starting off 2018 right

  • Monday, 5.16 miles over two stints (2.03, 3.13), with a 2K row in between because I couldn’t make myself stay on the treadmill.
  • Tuesday, 5K row
  • Wednesday, 4.0 miles in a High45 with Ryan at Mile High. Like the Jingle Bell Jog, this had fewer inclines than normal. I really like how he did the last five intervals with 20 seconds at high level three and forty at level four. Oh and I did those level fours at 7 and 7.1 MPH. Whoa!
  • Thursday, teeny hotel fitness center with manual treadmill so 15M on the elliptical
  • Friday, 15M run (bad shoes, so took it as warmup), 30m stationary bike, 2K row. Yes, my former primary has turned my cross train

I’ve exceeded my January 2017 total in week 1. Here’s to a solid rest of the month.

3 comments to this article

  1. Liz Dexter

    on January 7, 2018 at 07:38 - Reply

    Whoo hoo! Happy Runniversary! And I’m honoured to be mentioned as helping you along your way xx You rock (plus, what 33 running books????).

    • cari

      on January 7, 2018 at 14:33 - Reply

      LOL. I wonder who was responsible for probably 20 of those
      I can’t find the post to confirm but 99% sure your comment on my first race was along the lines of: Congrats, by the way here’s this awesome book for us slow runners since you like Jo hn Bingham 😀

      Has been a fun journey. Typo’ed run journey, which wouldn’t have been wrong

  2. Lisa

    on January 7, 2018 at 19:25 - Reply

    Thats so exciting to celebrate your running anniversary! Great job this month!

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