Fuck Yeah Friday – 175 Mile Challenge

175 miles.

There was a time when I would have looked at the number 175 and seen what felt like 175,000 and said NO WAY, without even ENTERTAINING the idea.

And then there was a time I would look at that 175, seen 175 and maybe considered it, but still been DAUNTED by the idea of running 3 figures worth of miles, VOLUNTARILY. Like hello, are you CRAZY?!

And then there was a time where I would see that number and break it down. I would see it as something HARD, but attainable. I would see it as CHALLENGING, but exhilarating.

I would feel CONFIDENT in myself, and I would BELIEVE in myself, and I would just RUN. I would finally FEEL like the limitless being that I am.

Remember, I wasn’t a runner even 2 years ago… I hadn’t run 175 miles probably in my whole life, never mind in a condensed span of time.

And wouldn’t you know it this challenge would take place during, for me, one of the more brutal summers of memory. 😩

The humidity and the poor air quality really combined for a powerful 1-2 punch against me. Not just occasionally, but repeatedly and relentlessly. And I honestly did what I could to fight back… I ran shorter runs on really bad days or longer runs to try to make up for it on those few days that the air wasn’t suffocating. (Those days felt so few and so far between!)

But acquiring those miles wasn’t worth feeling like I was dying, and I needed to freakin’ breath, so sometimes I had to wave the white flag and accept that I was gonna be behind the pace I had hoped to at least somewhat maintain. I had to rest. And these moments were hard for me, as my resolve and my determination really are formidable. It can be tough to talk myself down into a rational state of mind sometimes. But I knew, and came to accept, that these hard decisions were the right decisions for my body, for my health and well-being.

If I was gonna do this, I was gonna do it the smart, sustainable way.

I’ll be honest, sometimes it was so fucking frustrating. But it meant finding pockets where I could do it and not die.

I always walk Roxy at least a mile after work and I figured hey, that’s at least 60 miles! Oh but often it was too hot to take her very far and we had to backyard it… aka not acquire mileage.

And even Curveball got in on the game – if Magnaball was any indication, I would have averaged 7 miles a day for 3+ days at Curveball… well over the average of 2.5/day this challenge broke down to. But I didn’t get to explore those grounds and accumulate THOSE miles, either. 😔

Life happens, but man did I feel up against a wall. Sometimes the resistance I was facing was spirit-breaking.

And this challenge technically ended in August… but I had already come that far, and fought to be as many miles in as I was, so what was I supposed to do, just stop because the deadline came?

No! This was MY race… I would finish on MY terms. I would rather FINISH it LATE than leave it unfinished – eff that!

When I decided to do this challenge, I aimed to run 100 of the miles and walk 75 of the miles. (Obviously, this was before I realized Mother Nature wasn’t gonna grant me ideal running conditions for most of the days. That realization didn’t actually come until I was well into battling for these miles.)

I came up a little shy, running 96.23 and walking 78.8 and I’m perfectly fine with, and incredibly impressed by that! I ran 96 freakin’ miles in 3 months time – that’s a huge increase! 🎉

I learned a lot about myself in this experience… and I think I’m gonna save that component for another day!

 

Fuck Yeah Friday – 6.05 from FINISHING!

After the combined 4.55 I accumulated today on the beach and then with Roxy, •6.05• miles is what separates me from FINISHING the 175 mile challenge by my (amended, due to the brutal summer we had) completion date (tomorrow!)

And thanks to my girl Sara for knowing I’m full of shit when I say an extra day added to my deadline isn’t a big deal (it’s not, in the grand scheme of things… but like she said, I am WAY too close not to just DO IT!)

My body is tired but I can see that finish line, it’s right there! And that’s what I need to keep my eyes on to power me through those 6.05 miles!

“Will she do it?”

Stay tuned! 😉

 

Wellness – Deadlifts!

Apparently, these new kicks had me feeling extra badassy, because I was deadlifting more than half my body weight today!

No big deal, right? Well actually, to me it is, because again, I keep flashing back to a time in my life where walking was painful, nevermind lifting anything.

And I didn’t go from not being able to lift anything to lifting more than half my weight… I progressed. I got stronger. It’s just another testament to how far I’ve come and the POWER of CONSISTENCY.

The sooner you honor yourself by showing up every day, the sooner you will be at your strongest!

Thursday Thoughts – Celebrate The Journey, Not Just The Destination!

We are our own harshest critics, right?

There are a lot of miles tacked up on this paper, but I was so focused on the END RESULT that I was forgetting to celebrate the JOURNEY of getting there, forgetting to celebrate the fact that my legs have run 49.99 miles in 42 days!

For reference (and if I’m being honest, FUN!), I tallied up all my runs from 21August2017 through 17June2018, for a total of 15 runs and 32.3 miles total, in TEN MONTHS.

From the start of this challenge (18June2018) through 31July2018, I have 17 runs totaling 49.99 miles in SIX WEEKS.

That’s a HUGE difference and I needed the reminder that I’m CRUSHING IT, instead of being ‘woe is me, I’m so behind the pace I set for this.’

Eff no, I’m gonna celebrate faster times, longer runs, frequency, and the fact my legs are gettin’ toned. as. eff!

Don’t be so damn focused on the DESTINATION that you neglect to •appreciate and celebrate• the JOURNEY that gets you there! 😊

 

Sunday Runday – New Record!

10 miles.

That’s what I logged in a 7 day span.

That’s not double my previous weekly stat. And it’s not even triple. It’s MORE than triple!

Does that deserve a golf clap? EFF NO, that deserves a full on clap, and I’m super proud of myself (especially doing it in this dang heat!)

Set goals. Put your mind to it. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. And then just do it – no overthinking, no doubting… just. do. it.

(My graphic is split because Map My Run starts the week on a Sunday whereas Kara starts the week on a Monday!)

What’s the most you have run in one week?

 

Sunday Runday – Day 1 of Summer 2018 Challenge!

Y’all know I love to challenge myself, and I do best when my goals are clearly laid out…

Summer 2018 Challenge is… 175 miles!

Worth noting that 2 years ago, I would have seen ‘175 miles’ and basically said “fuck that, no way”….

And 1 year ago I would have seen the number and given it some consideration (and overanalyzed it) and maybe done it, maybe opted not to.

Now? I am like shit, yeah! SIGN ME UP!

Do I think I will RUN 175 miles over the next 2 months? No, but the beauty is that you can walk, or bike (3 biked miles = 1 tracker mile for this) and I KNOW I can do that – it breaks down to 2.5 miles per day – I can totally do that!

So, since today is day 1 of the 2018 Summer Challenge, I ran. I didn’t run super fast, I didn’t run super far, but I ran; I got myself on the board.

I can do hard things. YOU can do hard things.

Still time to join me and some friends who are doing it!

On the board!
You in?

Sunday Runday!

Sunday Rundaaaaay!

Coldest weather I’ve ever gone running in – you would think the 26 degree weather would speed my pace up, but nope, still huggin’ 10 minute miles.

I AM still proud I got out there and did something – it took a LOT of self pep-talking! I much prefer the temps of spring/warm fall, but it makes me happy to know I CAN run in cooler temps.

Friday Fit Tip – DO what you DON’T like

How many of us avoid doing something because we aren’t very good at it, and I mean, who wants to feel weak?

But how else is one to get better? To improve? By DOING it.

What is something you have noticed yourself avoiding? For me, it is side planks with leg lifts. I am awful at it, so I usually just default to a side plank. I am going to consciously work on DOING it, and getting BETTER at it, instead of avoiding it and excusing myself, saying “a side plank is good enough”

Here is to doing the things we are not good at so we can become better at them! Who’s with me? What will you challenge yourself to do?