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!

 

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Self Care Sunday – Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soak

Ohhh did this soak feel out-of-this-world AMAZING!

I deserved this! My body worked really hard acquiring those 175 miles, in addition to the intense 8 week fitness program I did at the same time.

A little soak helped ease those muscles and restore them, and it felt so good!

Do you like Epsom salt soaks?

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! 😉

 

What The Eff Wednesday – Some Runs Suck

Some runs just suck. I’m just keeping it real.

Luckily, not the majority.

But some do. And today was one. I woke when it got light out and hit the roads, not realizing til too late the thick, strangulating air that’s been my biggest nemesis this summer was baaack.

And it wrecked me. 😩

Most who know me know my penchant for even, rounded figures, and I’m known to lap up and down my short side street in order to get my run to full miles… but today that last .19 wasn’t in me.

It was the first run where I actually questioned if I was gonna get sick so I opted to just get myself hope and call it a day.

Because we can’t be badasses every day… we need some humbling days to balance us out and remind us the good days far outnumber the bad ones 😉

And here we have what I call my “whatthefuckjusthappened” face…

Move It Monday – Be Willing To Adapt!

I’m a planner.

I learned long ago that if I leave my fitness/wellness up to chance, things are not gonna go as smoothly as they could.

This includes having an idea of what workouts I’ll be doing for the week, if I’m not in the middle of a program.

I had planned to focus on running more in the next couple of weeks while I wait for Sara to finish LIIFT 4, because the air is finally freakin’ running-friendly… and I’d like to {finally} finish the 175 mile challenge.

Buuuuuut oopsie, I forgot to take into account that it’s not light out until later now, and I personally don’t enjoy running when it’s pitch black out (lack of a major sense makes that a little unnerving, for me) and since by the time it’s light out I’m done and showering, we have to plan B it, so that’s what I did!

Gotta have some degree of flexibility and willingness to adapt, or life will be a lot more of a challenge for ya!

• ps, Sara and I are doing another round of LIIFT 4 starting September 24 if you’d like to join us! •

 

Self Care Saturday – Listen To Your Body!

When your coffee cup matches your shirt… 👌🏼

I usually run on the weekends but I’m taking today as an actual rest day – my body has been sending me signs that it needs a break, so even though I still have some mileage to acquire for the challenge, today I will listen and rest! I WILL acquire it, so I am not worried! 😊

Coffee, errands, house stuff and then we celebrate Courtney and Evan’s new house! 🎉

 

Saturday Sweat – Running In Nice Weather

Great weather (at least at the hour I was out there!) for some running… continuing the quest towards 175 miles!

It was 60° out when I ran, which is pretty cool after the summer of humidity we have had – I am personally looking forward to Fall for running purposes. The summer temps coupled with humidity are not very kind to a runner!

Racked up 4.2 miles today, clocking the first at 8:56 and the last at 6:27 – this splits stuff is pretty awesome and definitely shows me I usually finish stronger than I start!

It was also nice to be able to breathe while running

What’s YOUR Saturday sweat?

Saturday Sweat – New Distance PR!

WELL THEN!

That’s one way to get your Saturday sweat on! 🙌🏼

I was inspired after a chat with a fellow runner, one who is a large part of why I even took this summer challenge on, so since today is a rest day in my program, I set out to do my thang, log a couple of miles and just keep on keeping on… every bit helps, right? (Right!)

I haven’t run this far since I was a teenager, and for some reason as yet unknown, I did it the day after an all-HIIT leg day?! What the hell was my thought process there?! 😩

I survived… I’m sore, but I feel a little bit like a badass, and this means I’m just a little over a mile from my next feat – a 10k!

What’s your Saturday sweat?