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Run This Year: An Update and Plan

Run This Year | amotherspace.netAlmost a year ago I decided to try and run the most mileage that I’d ever ran in an entire year. I decided to join the Run This Year challenge and attempt to run 2,014 kilometers in one calendar year. That translates to 1,251.44 miles.

With my serious lack of running in November due to an injury I figured that my goal was out of reach. But recently when I added up my miles for the year I found that I had accomplished 1,192.23 miles so far! That only leaves 59.21 miles to reach my goal. Even coming out of my lowest mileage month of the year (November = 28.19 miles) I can’t be that close and give up.

So I have a plan to squeeze in the last few miles before the end of the year. I’m hoping that my foot continues to feel okay while running. I’m not going to push it and jump back into running 100+ miles a month so this gives me a good goal to end the year on a high note. I’m also taking the time to focus on strength training and continue with stretching and yoga throughout the month as well.

 

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I’ve scheduled 14 miles a week for the month of December which will add 62 miles to my year and take me just over my goal.

My weekly training log has been missing over the past couple of weeks because life has been busy and my blog has taken a backseat. Instead of recounting two weeks of workouts I’m just sharing this past week.

Weekly Training Log

Tuesday: 3 miles (9:34 pace)

Treadmill run. Run one mile, jump off treadmill and stretch. Repeat x 3. The treadmill is the best tool for me right now because it’s so easy to stop and stretch. When I’m outside running I don’t tend to stop but inside it’s a little treat to stop the treadmill for a few seconds in between miles.

Thursday: Thanksgiving Day hike with my husband.

We had a nice hike through the woods while the children were playing with relatives. We saw deer, rabbits and a huge rafter of turkeys. On Thanksgiving!

 

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Friday: 4.01 miles (10:36 pace)

Country road run with my husband out to the train tracks and back to Nana and Papa’s. Leaving the kids with family to run with my husband is such a treat!

 

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Saturday: 5 miles (9:41 pace)

An outside, mid-morning run on the last weekend of November was nice. Wearing shorts and feeling great during the run was amazing!

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 12.01

November Running Miles: 28.19

2014 Running Miles: 1,192.23

2014 Running Kilometers: 1,918.71

 

 

 How are your goals for 2014 coming along? Did you have any mileage goals set?

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To find out more read my post about Running for Charity or head over to my fundraising page to make a donation.

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20 Miles: What Would You Do?

TGIF! Friday is here and so is fall. The cooler weather came in this week and I couldn’t be happier about it! There’s just something about running in the fall when the air is cool and crisp. Our summer hasn’t even been too hot for that long but the humidity has been killing me. And now that cooler weather is here…it’s almost time to add soup into my weekly menu plan!

Enough gushing about the weather and instead moving on to my Friday Five: Favorites of the Week.

[One] Instagram

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[one] Early morning running means catching fantastic sunrises. [two] Timehop: a favorite app of mine since I switched over to an iPhone. I love getting pics like these sent to me each day. Our dog, Mika, lived too short of a life and I miss her like crazy but seeing pictures like this one make me smile. She loved my pregnant belly! [three] So, earlier in the week I caught my eldest reading…the phone book! He’ll really read anything, he loves it so much. [four] Just run! Need I say more? [five] Cooler weather means more trips to the zoo. We were so close to the giraffes this week!

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[Two] Interesting Reads

Five Ways to Stop Negative Thoughts in Their Tracks by Tara over at Family Sport Life.

10 Lessons Learned While Running 100 Marathons over on Daily Burn.

5 Lessons Learned on My Bike by Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddies

Crockpot Meatballs from Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean.

Amp Up Your Workout With Kettlebells over on Fitfluential.

27 Tips to Get a Great Race Day Photo {or at least not awful} by Amanda at Run to the Finish

The 22 Best TED Talks for Fitness, Health and Happiness Inspiration from Greatist

[Three] What Would You Do?

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My dilemma: I have a 20 miler scheduled for this weekend but I have signed up for the Johnston’s Half marathon instead. What do I do? Tack on some warm up miles and then finish out the 20 after the race? Run 20 miles the following week? (I have 15-17 on the plan for next weekend.) Skip it completely?

I’m hesitant to skip it completely. I’ve already done 2 20 milers during this training cycle and I really want to do a 3rd. I’m leaning towards running a mile or two as a warm up and then finishing what I can after the race. What would you do?

Isn’t the fleece nice that we get for signing up for the race? It’s the first year that they’ve made a women’s cut and it fits perfectly!

[Four] Life Lately

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One of the items that we won during the silent auction at Zoobilee last weekend was this Paper Bag Monster Kit from Alex Toys. This was a big hit at our house. They were easy enough to put together with just a little help from me and the kids loved getting creative with them. This is something that I probably never would have just bought for the kids but when I saw it at the auction I thought it looked like fun. And it helps that I was able to support our zoo at the same time!

[Five] Something to Look Forward to

The Chicago Marathon, of course! 29 nine days to go!

 

 

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I’m running the Chicago Marathon with Team RMHC!

To find out more read my post about Running for Charity or head over to my fundraising page to make a donation.

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The Boston Marathon: One Week Later

 

It’s been a week since the Boston Marathon and, like many of you, I spent a good chunk of the day watching the runners on my laptop. It’s such an inspiring race to watch and not only the elites but the every day people that crossed the finish line for hours. It was a dream come true race for so many people and it’s that kind of inspiration that gives me motivation!

 

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If you haven’t read Shalane Flanagan’s interview with Runner’s World Magazine and you are curious about what she was thinking during the race, I would highly recommend taking a few minutes to read it. You can find it here. Shalane’s race was spectacular. She was strong and determined and I wish it would have had different results for her but she left it all out on the course and did her best. I can’t wait to see what she brings to Boston in the future!

And Meb, what can I say about Meb? He’s amazing and the race was inspiring. Watching him cross the finish line was emotional for this girl (can I still call myself that?) from Kansas, watching on my laptop. I obviously have no connection to him other than the fact that we both share a love for running but to watch him win the Boston marathon is a memory I won’t easily forget!

 

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I ran my own race on Monday, a virtual run with the Boston Marathon World Run. Over 13,000 runner’s from all over the world pledged to run a total of 740,185 miles and then logged the miles after completing them. I pledged to run 6 miles but I really ran 6.2. If only I could have ran the 26.2 that all the Boston marathoners were running that day!

 

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Weekly Workouts

Monday: 6.2 miles (9:50 pace)

Tuesday: 4.05 miles (9:24 pace)

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: 4.51 miles (9:18 pace)

Friday: 3 miles (9:31 pace)

Saturday: 8 miles (9:58 pace)

Sunday: 30 minutes Spin Bike + 20 minutes core and arm strength

 

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Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 25.76

Weekly Average Pace: 9:41

April Running Miles: 97.42

2014 Running Miles: 408.07

2014 Running Kilometers: 656.73

 

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Did you participate in the World Run? Did you have any friends or family running the Boston Marathon?

 

 

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