Monday, December 17, 2012

My Streak Has Been Struck

For each of the past 25 days, I've logged at least a mile in my running shoes. On Thanksgiving Day I decided to participate in the Runner's World Run Streak, pledging to run at least one mile a day through New Years. I had some serious doubts because I generally don't run two days in a row, but after about 2 weeks I realized that running just a mile is really no big deal.

After having a really great 10 mile run yesterday, I woke up this morning coughing and feeling like I had an elephant sitting on my chest. I didn't have any of my typical I'm getting sick warning signs like I usually do - no sore throat, no stuffy nose, no itchy eyes, no headache, and I wasn't even that tired.  However, I wasn't really that surprised...Andrew had a cold last week (a different breed, though), everybody at work is coughing and spreading their germs around because they have no hygiene etiquette, and my adorable little nephew who I got to see this weekend was also not feeling well. Anyways, I decided to take the day off from work to rest and because there is nothing that makes me angrier than when people come to work sick.

I didn't feel that terrible this morning and I thought that I might be able to get a mile in later in the day.  But after lunch I just started to feel worse.  I tried to take a nap and I ended up shivering under the electric blanket for a while (I didn't have a fever, though). Thankfully the chills didn't last that long but I just didn't feel good at all.  After Andrew got home I decided that we'd at least go for a walk, and I figured that the cool, damp air would help my chest to feel better. It was a refreshing 2 mile walk, but there was no running for me today.  So sadly, my run streak has been struck by sickness.

As soon as I'm feeling better I plan to keep streaking through New Years, and maybe I'll add on however many days I miss. For me, getting (and staying) healthy again is more important than keeping up a run streak that nobody else cares about (though Andrew has been very encouraging and makes sure that I get my run in).  I know I've made a smart choice but I hope I won't be upset with myself later. And at least I went for a 2 mile walk, right? Can't that still count?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

November Recap

Yowzers I've been neglecting this blog recently. - Sorry I'm not sorry.

Here are a few running-related things that have happened this month...

Daylight Saving Time ended in the beginning of November. Since I couldn't drive to the gym, that meant I had to start running in the dark after work. I'm going to try to do a separate post about running in the dark, so I won't go into too much detail. Surprisingly it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

It's starting to get colder outside! I think I prefer cold to hot, but I'm still trying to figure out what to wear on my runs because 9 times out of 10 I feel overheated after the first mile. I know you're supposed to dress like it's 20 degrees warmer but I still can't get it right.
Frosty morning sunrise in November

November 11th was Veterans Day so I ran 11 miles in honor of all Veterans.
Running across Memorial Bridge on my 11 miler

I'm trying my best to incorporate a good bit of elevation into my long runs. That means I have to see this hideous view a lot. You can tell I really hate it (read: sarcasm). 

On Thanksgiving morning I walked in the Drumstick Dash with my mom and 16,000 other people. We just happened to run into my brother and his girlfriend during the walk (I seriously have no idea how we found each other in the crowds) and we snapped a picture in front of the infamous Texas Tavern. Unfortunately there was no cheesy or bowl with involved (Texas Tavern lingo for a Cheesy Western, a cheeseburger with fried egg, onions, and pickles, and a bowl of Texas Tavern Chile with onions). 

On Thanksgiving day I started doing the Runners World Holiday Run Streak, which means running at least a mile every day between Thanksgiving and New Years. Why in the world I decided to do this (the girl who doesn't like to run on consecutive days), I don't know. I've made it 13 days into the streak and I'm 75% sure I can make it through to the end. I've found that running just a mile is not bad at all and the hardest part is getting out the door.   

Much thanks to the Run Streak, November was tied with March for the highest number of miles run in one month!!

November's Stats:
Running miles: 84 (long runs: 12, 11, 15!, 9)
Cycling miles: 44 (all indoor trainer miles which feel 10x harder than riding outside)
Walking miles: 14

YTD Stats:
Running miles: 603
Cycling miles: 943

Yeah...definitely not even going to meet my "B" goals for the year. I may have been a bit too aggressive when I set those...

So November is now in the books and we are in the last month of 2012. Craziness. I seriously feel like I was setting my 2012 goals yesterday.

Unrelated to running (and this technically happened in December), I wanted to share some exciting news...

I have been seizure-free for 6 months so that means I got to drive to work today!! I was nervous that I had forgotten how to drive but thankfully it was just like riding a bike (except you don't even have to remember to clip out at a stop sign!).  I'm really glad that I'm able to drive again. The 6 months went by surprisingly fast, probably thanks to staying busy and having an awesome husband and mom who always made sure that I got to wherever I needed to go (THANK YOU!).

Happy December!