*Weekly mileage – June 6-12*

Mileage for the week of June 6th – June 12th

Total weekly mileage: 37.25

Total June mileage: 59.5

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 508

Run review:

6/6      25:37 min./3 mi./8:33 pace

6/7      36:56 min./4.5 mi./8:13 pace

6/8       34:34 min./4.25 mi./8:07 pace

6/9       22:07 min./2.5 mi./8:51 pace

6/10     1:27:31 min./10 mi./8:45 pace

6/11      57:40 min./7 mi./8:14 pace

6/12      49:35 min./6 mi./8:16 pace

I’m happily starting to feel like a runner again! The focus of having something to work toward, to train for, to plan on… it must do something to my brain chemistry because I feel clearer. Even though my motivation wanes from time to time, I feel it guiding me right now to put is some solid effort.

While I’m currently running 7 days a week, as part of the Runner’s World run streak challenge, and carefully building my long run distance, my real focus right now is building strength. I’m doing weight-bearing training at least four days a week and trying to take advantage of the November Project workouts once a week. Later, I’ll bring in some speed work and maybe more hill training later but I still very much feel like I’m building a solid base and honestly, I want to be STRONG! I want a sturdy foundation to build upon. I’m hopeful that it will help keep me from suffering from the little annoying pains that have plagued me throughout previous training cycles and being leaner and faster wouldn’t hurt my feelings.

Cheers to a great week of training!

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*Bring on summer*

There is no excuse for my absence here but in my own defense, I’ve committed to allowing myself to slow down a little bit. The last several months… scratch that. The last several years(!) have been seemingly nonstop and full of busyness. In a way, I find it ironic that I moved to one of the fastest paced cities in the country yet find myself tuning it out and favoring a slower pace instead. It’s something I’ve been craving for years and it feels like it has finally started to manifest. Even amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

Summer break has officially arrived which I think I need as much as my kiddo needs. His school experience was quite different from that in Oregon. They are pretty serious about “culmination” and after just five weeks, he and 549 of his fellow classmates, completed 8th grade and are ready to move on to high school in the fall. (Which I’m TOTALLY not ready for. And by fall, I mean the middle of August. Why in the heck do they start the school year so early???)

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On to high school!

I have been running and this week was a pretty solid week even though early on my back was grumpy for a couple of days. I’m currently 18 days into a running streak, finally broke 500 miles for the year, and hit double digits this week! Several months have passed since the last time I ran more than 10 miles so it feels like quite the accomplishment. That run also got me back on track with my training for the Portland Marathon since I didn’t hit my long run mileage goal last weekend.

This morning I was planning to run to the Hollywood sign, which according to Google Pedometer is roughly 4.5 miles from my apartment. It would have given me another 9 miles or so for the weekend and some great pictures. However, the trail/old road, clearly marked on the map, was gated and locked with no alternate access options that I could find. The nearest other entrance would have added at least another mile and there was no guarantee that it wouldn’t be gated and locked either. So I turned back for home and called it good at 6 miles. I’ll save that adventure for another day!

For my friends and followers in the Portland area, I learned about a neat little fun run coming up on Thursday, June 23rd. The second annual TEDxPortland 6k is a family friendly, non-competitive event and a bargain with registration priced at $25.00! It begins and finishes at OMSI. On-site registration and packet pickup will begin at 7 PM and the run will start at 8 PM. (Advanced registration is available through Athletepath.) There will be refreshments at the finish line, including a beer garden, live music, and a raffle with more than $2,000 worth of prizes being given away. Participants are encouraged to “paint the town Ted” by wearing red. There will also be prizes for best-dressed runners.

For more information or to register, visit their event website, HERE.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the beginning of summer vacation!

*Global Running Day*

Today is Global Running Day! Runners (and non-runners) around the world are encouraged to celebrate the joy of running by pledging to be active today.

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I started the day with November Project, running stairs and doing intermittent pushups for about 30 minutes followed by five minutes in various plank positions. Afterwards, to commemorate the Global Running Day movement, and to not break my (so far) three-day Runner’s World run streak, I logged another 2.25 miles.

Make some time today to get outside for physical activity. Even just a simple walk around the block is better than nothing!

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 23-29*

Mileage for the week of November 23rd – November 29th

Total weekly mileage: 15.5

Total November mileage (to-date): 119.5

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,737.75

Run review:

11/23           8:24 min./1 mi./8:25 pace

11/24          35:06 min./4 mi./8:47 pace

11/25          41:25 min./5 mi./8:17 pace

11/26          29:38 min./3.5 mi./8:28 pace

11/27         17:02 min./2 mi./8:31 pace

11/28         No run/travel (and getting sick)

11/29         No run/sick

And then weeks like this happen.

I knew from the start that last week was going to throw me for a loop. I did the best I could given the challenges of the week including getting sick over the weekend. The biggest bummer was that I cut my November running streak short. I still ran 30 consecutive days, spanning from October 29th through November 28th, so I’m happy about that but ultimately missed my goal by just two days.

Oh well.

I’m still sick and feeling really crappy but I did attempt a short, easy run this afternoon. I didn’t cough up a lung so that was pretty cool. I’ve been working some holistic wellness magic in hopes that I’ll feel better by the weekend since I’ve got a race on Saturday. Just a small, home-town 5k, but one in which I’d really like to kick some ass at!

If you’re curious about my wellness protocol, basically it’s Bourbon. Lots of Bourbon.

Kidding. (Sort of.)

There are a few go-to products that I incorporate at the onset of a cold and continue to use until the symptoms subside. They include:

  • Astragalus tincture in water or tea. (To support healthy immune function.)
  • Source Naturals Wellness Formula (I actually take one a day during the colder months.)
  • Hot cocoa-like tonics made with Ashwaganda. (To help strengthen my immune system.)
  • The cold/wet sock remedy (There is a link in THIS previous post.)
  • Miso soup with lots of garlic, ginger, cilantro, onions, and Astragalus root (because I have it on hand).
  • Emergen-C.
  • Elderberry syrup by Honey Gardens.
  • Lots of tea.
  • Rest and staying warm.
  • Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oil in the shower.
  • Aura Cacia First Response Mist.
  • Bourbon. (I want to make sure all the bases are covered!)
Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey 1.75l

I prefer Bulleit. ; )

My fingers are crossed that it works and I’m feeling a ton better within a few more days!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and celebrated the abundance in your lives with your loves! Get ready to jump into a festive month ahead! Cheers!

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov.16-22*

Mileage for the week of November 16th – November 22nd

Total weekly mileage: 35.75

Total November mileage (to-date): 104

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,722.25

Run review:

11/16          22:04 min./2.5 mi./8:50 pace

11/17          33:28 min./4.25 mi./7:53 pace

11/18         41:55 min./5.25 mi./7:59 pace

11/19         40:09 min./4.5 mi./8:56 pace

11/20         1:03:47 min./6.25 mi./10:12 pace

11/21         6:15 min./.75 mi./8:21 pace

51:55 min./5.25 mi./9:53

11/22         57:29 min./7 mi./8:12 pace

Decent week.

Twenty-two days into my November running streak, plus the three additional days I ran in October, puts me at 25 consecutive days of running at least a mile or more. I know it sounds weird, but I swear I feel better when I run more often.

The training plan I prescribed hasn’t been quite where I want it to be but I think I can get back on track this week. All I can do is the best I can and take the rest in stride.

Have a fantastic week!!

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 2-8*

Mileage for the week of November 2nd – November 8th

Total weekly mileage: 35

Total November mileage (to-date): 38.25

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,656.5

Run review:

11/2           49:09 min./6 mi./8:12 pace

11/3           30:44 min./3.25 mi./9:27 pace

11/4           28:26 min./3.5 mi./8:08 pace

11/5           45:00 min./5.25 mi./8:34 pace

11/6          49:10 min./6 mi./8:12 pace

11/7          30:15 min./3 mi./10:05 pace

11/8          1:04:41 min./8 mi./8:04 pace

I was a few miles short of my goal to double my mileage over the previous week but I’m not unhappy with the 35 miles I did run. It’s a big improvement over my performance in October!

I’ve also successfully run every day in November up to this point, and have 11 days under my belt for my running streak. Plus, I’ve got a goal race the first weekend in December and I spent yesterday getting my training plan mapped out for the next several weeks leading up to it. Total overachiever, I know. ; )

I’m wishing you a great week and great runs!

*Weekly mileage ~ Oct.26-Nov.1*

Mileage for the week of October 26th – November 1st

Total weekly mileage: 17.25

Total October mileage (to-date): 101

Total November mileage (to-date): 3.25

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,621.5

Run review:

10/26           No run

10/27           29:34 min./3.25 mi./9:06 pace

10/28          No run

10/29          28:23 min./3.25 mi./8:44 pace

10/30          30:50 min./3.5 mi./8:49 pace

10/31          33:34 min./4 mi./8:23 pace

11/1            30:09 min./3.25 mi./9:17 pace

For the second week in a row, I didn’t break 20 miles. Heck, I didn’t even make it to 18 miles. The runs I did get in were all on trail, or cross-country terrain, so a bit slower but that’s where I’ve been focusing my energy. I will also note that October was my lowest mileage month of the year.

With that in mind, as November was approaching, I started thinking about a strategy for getting my mileage up higher and decided on a month-long running streak. My streak will consist of running every single day in November, a minimum of one mile.

This week has started off pretty good. I’m aiming to, at the very least, double my mileage and find a race towards the end of the month to focus training on.

I hope you have a great week!