One of my 2021 goals:
Start the year on pace for 900 miles. That was originally my hard goal for 2021, but as I mentioned, I have no idea what running will look like once we return to the office. Even if I’m ready to return to the gym to shower at that point, there’s not really a branch close enough to facilitate run commute. So 75 miles/month until we return to the office and then re-evaluate.
In 2019, I ran 862.97 miles while marathon training. Injury rehab and a pandemic taught me to be a consistent runner and in 2020 I ran 790.67 miles despite essentially taking April off. Three quarters of the way through 2021?
But that isn’t exactly a surprise. At least not one that hit me on September 30. About a quarter of the way through 2021 when I realized I was exceeding 75 miles even with pre-vaccine travel quarantine and a return to the office wasn’t on the immediate horizon I began shooting for 83.333 miles/month? Why so random? I realized I could sniff 1,000 miles run on the year which is just unfathomable. Or was.
Hence secret squirrel like my first Half Marathon. Liz has been my running secret keeper since the beginning, so it was only fitting that she was in on my revised goal.
2021 has featured three 100+ mile months (including September-my first 30 day one), and a whole bunch that were just shy. I love how running has truly become habit. There’s no thought on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday. Thursday sometimes wobbles between morning and evening but that’s less thought and more variety.
September #GoTheDist even though it’s mostly just the running miles I focus on now:
- 469,999 steps (LOL!)
- 217.6 miles run/walked
- 105.6 miles run
- 1,339, 898 steps
- 615.88 miles run/walked
- 305.94 miles run
2021 Year to Date:
- 3,648,009 steps
- 1669.59 miles run/walked
- 854.39 miles run
September finally brought back the morning walks which are a huge difference maker, mental health wise. Logging steps only once a week really helped with the spreadsheet breakup.
According to Goodreads, I’m still up by 12 books on the year so *shrug*
and the bed is in a different place! Halfway to pulling the bed out to change my sheets (alas not yet to the new Snoopy ones!), I decided to see if my bed would fit long ways in the room giving more of a path to the bathroom? It does indeed. Meant some furniture jenga moving the nighttable, but I think I like it. This is where I wanted it when I moved in, but the TV used to be on the other side of the wall to the right and when I had people over and they stayed up later… now the TV is moved and the lights for reading in bed is way better.
Also inspiring the rearranging is this awesome new to me towel rack. Well that’s what it was at mom’s. It got some new paint and is on to new life as… something. Any suggestions? In the running as a nighttable but its a little too short.
- never miss a Monday: what a gorgeous run. I could call the shirt an impulse purchase, but to be honest so were the sheets. I have no idea when I became a fan of busy, but I also gave Bob three goodwill bags when he dropped off the towel rack so doing better in the clothes out department. I promise not to wear the mask with the shirt in public. Much
- Tuesday: couple of strength classes but otherwise off. Mental health day.
- Wednesday: a long sleeved run! And then a walk across the park to the New-York Historical Society for Notorious RBG. Being back in a museum for a press preview? AMAZING. This exhibit opening just after the one year anniversary of RBG’s death? Hit me harder than I expected. The exhibit opened at Skirball and made a stop in Philly, where RBG was able to see it. She’d planned to come to the NY opening due to her ties to the city and the museum, but then COVID and well. We all know what happened. A beautiful tribute to an amazing trailblazer.
- Thursday: after work solo miles due to run group schedule. Love running with friends, but wouldn’t trade this view-off our normal route-for friend time.
- Friday: couldn’t sleep for no good reason, so five mile walk before work. Ended up a good decision with a crazy busy day. A day that starts with a walk or run so often feels better than one that doesn’t.
- Saturday: NYRR 18M run in Central Park. I never did that when I was marathon training and surely wasn’t today, but wanted to see and support some friends so ran against the flow in the outside lane and saw three and did a mile or so with Elizabeth into her 3rd loop. Everyone looked strong and if you can do 3 loops of CP you can do any marathon. I haven’t felt FOMO as the run groups are out in the park and I wondered if this race would cause it. Nope, not remotely and grateful to be done after my miles. Still not ready for another marathon. Best way to recover from ten miles? Sunset Greek picnic.
- Sunday: morning walk in the park, brunch with a friend and watch the Giants lose.