42 Day Run Streak

It was tough to get going this morning. Feel like temps in the 20’s and 25 mph winds that were bitter cold kept my run very short.

I did 2 miles and got the average into the 8’s. I’m enjoying these shorter runs to break up my weekly mileage.

From the weather report for the rest of this week it looks like I need to get used to running in the bitter cold. Bring…it…on!

Decide to dominate!

41 Day Run Streak

Kept the streak going this morning, but it wasn’t easy with pouring rain. The upside was it was 46 degrees so I sucked it up and got out there. Started out slow, but was able to make up some ground in the last mile. Finished my 5K with just over a 9 minute average.

Decide to dominate!

40 Day Run Streak

Why stop now? I completed the Runner’s World Run Streak yesterday, but I decided I’m not stopping. Let’s see how far we can extend this. Going to be smart and go short on rest days because I just flat out love to run.

A bit warmer today in the high 30’s. Ran one of my old routes and it felt good. Went 3.5 miles and kept the average in the 8’s.

Wearing the PRO Compression blues, but not feeling the blues at all. Got to #KeepItTight to keep these legs fresh.

Decide to dominate!

New Year’s Day 2017 – Goal Time

Finished out my 39 day run streak with a four mile run in the 8’s this morning. That means I ran every day from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. This was part of the annual Runner’s World Run Streak. Very happy I was able to get at least one mile per day over these 39 days and I didn’t go any one day with less than two miles.

2016 was a good year for me.  I didn’t hit 1,500 miles running or cycling, but I still beat my 2015 totals. I’m happy with this as I started focusing on duathlons so hitting 1,500 in both became difficult with rest and minor injuries. My Year In Sports sums it all up nicely.

My goals for 2017 are going to be simple (at least remembering them)…

  • 1,300 miles running (2016 did 1,360 miles)
  • 1,300 miles cycling (2016 did 1,216 miles)
  • Complete first sprint triathlon (2016 did two sprint duathlons)
  • Average in the 8’s running (2016 was 9:15)

Looking forward to what 2017 will bring as I hit the road. Hoping everyone has a happy and healthy 2017.  Happy New Year!

Decide to dominate!

Run Day 299 – 38 Day Run Streak

Finished out the year with another short run. Nothing special here other than just not racking up the miles like I usually do. Feeling fresh with these short two milers…learning as I go that I don’t have to always go further to be beneficial.

I’ve been running the loop in my subdivision, which is interesting because you’re always going to get the wind in your face and at your back at some point. Of course we’ve had 20 mph winds recently so figuring out when to go fast and when to push into the wind is fun. I kept my average in the 8’s, but it took a quicker second mile in the low 8’s as I was taking it too easy in the first mile.

Looking forward to my first miles in 2018 tomorrow.

Decide to dominate!

Run Day 298 – Run Streak 37

Kept up my end of the year pattern and went short again today. Started out with my one mile brisk walk on the treadmill and then ventured outside. We got a dusting of snow this morning so it made for a slippery run in a few spots.

Went 2 miles and kept the average in the 8’s…so I was happy. My legs want to go further, but I’m not going to push it. Sticking to speed right now rather than distance. Focused on cruising in to 2017.

Decide to dominate!

Run Day 297 – 36 day run streak

I took a different approach today. As part of my warm-up I actually warmed up…novel idea. I did my normal stretches and then jumped on the treadmill for a one mile brisk walk to get the blood flowing. I then headed outside for a short run.

I ran two miles and got my average into the 8’s. I felt really good, but I told myself I’d take it easy on mileage to end the year so I went short. The warm-up really helped…my plantar fasciitis didn’t bother me at all and I was able to start with a nice pace.

Yes, we runners get stuck in our heads we can just start cold or go long / fast every time, but the truth is we just need to think a bit more before we take off (at least I do). Let’s see if I can keep this up and make it a new habit or if I fall back into my old routine…hey I sense a resolution coming on.

Decide to dominate!