Announcements, Mileage, and Staying Motivated

Happy Monday morning to you!

I have a couple of announcements to make, so here we go!

registration for oak tree

 

Yep, you read that correctly. I have registered for another half marathon (you didn’t think I would just sign up for the 5K, didya? )  that’ll be held on September 1st!!! If you’re keeping track of these things, that’ll be 3 half marathons in 3 months. 3 races of 13.1 miles, 3 months. That’s a lot of 3’s! People say that 3 is unlucky, don’t they? Well, I disagree. 3 has always been my lucky number (Seriously. When I played soccer, I always tried to get #3 on the back of my jersey), so I think I should be fine and dandy on this race.

I will say one thing though- THIS IS GOING TO BE MY FIRST SOLO HALF MARATHON!!! That’s right, my mama will not be running this one with me.  This means a couple things- 1. I won’t have my running partner to distract me/encourage me/give me high-fives around mile 10 (where I start getting cranky!) and 2. we won’t be able to officially cross off the state of New York (where this half is) because only I will be completing it. I’m not too concerned about the second part; it just means that I will probably end up running multiple half marathons in NY! I can live with that.

Another announcement: My mom and I will be running our last 5K of the Lowell Good Times Series tomorrow, and the theme for the race could not be a better one to end on- The Dynamic Duo 5K! The way it works is there are teams of 2 (already perfect!), and you can wear a costume with your teammate or not. Awards will be given to teams with the best costume and to teams with the fastest times. You may remember, the last time my mom and I raced as a team, we came in second!! So, we’re pretty psyched for this race. Will we be in costume? You betcha! Wanna know what the costume is? Well, you’ll have to stay tuned for that! 

In preparation for my plans to run a fast 5K tomorrow, I did a short, fast run this morning.

8_19_13

 

Woohoo! That’s what I’m talking about!! This is really speedy for me! And, I maintained this over a 2.5 mile distance, so I’m hopeful that I should be able to stretch it out to 3.1 miles tomorrow. Did it feel good? Not at all (there were moments when I thought puking was a distinct possibility). But we runners have always been good at pushing ourselves past the boundaries of discomfort, haven’t we?

As I was logging my morning run into RunKeeper, I also checked out my total mileage since I started using the app on July 29th-

total mileage

 

70 total miles!!! I never used to be good about recording my mileage, but now I can see why some people are so crazed about it! It feels pretty darn cool to be able to look back and think about how far you’ve come (literally! har har har), by the strength and power of your own body. No car or gas required. 

you know your a runner resize

Source- pinterest.com

 

This is definitely true for me!! I have no idea how many miles I have on my car right now- oops

Do you keep track of your mileage? If so, do you do it for motivation or to simply know when you should invest in a new pair of sneakers?

 

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8 responses to “Announcements, Mileage, and Staying Motivated

  1. I definitely love knowing the mileage that are on my running shoes, but I started recording my miles so I could see my progress. It’s nice to see how far I’ve come. 🙂

  2. Rick

    Cannot wait to see the costumes! What fun.

  3. John Nixon

    As seniors (old foggies) I try to walk several times a week, Nana swims or walks about 5 days a week for the exercise and to keep limber, but we don’t keep track of the cumulative distance. We are proud of your accomplishments. Keep it up. John & Nana

  4. I need to get some new apps, cause my app has not done a good job of tracking my miles and the GPS keeps messing up. I’d love to have an accurate record of what I’ve done though, I think it’d be super motivating!

    • nora @AdventuresMotherDaughterRunningDuo

      With RunKeeper, you can plot your route using google maps so you can trust the mileage! and it is super motivating 🙂

      • RunKeeper’s the one I have, but the GPS will just stop I guess and it’ll say I only did 2 miles when I’ve clearly been running for almost an hour. A lot of times I have to map my route on google after the fact and compare to my time to roughly get my pace 😦

  5. That’s such a good idea to keep track of the miles you run! I’m all about seeing how far I’ve come, so I might have to steal that idea. Also, I just started following your blog and I love it! I wish my mom was into running, my goal is to someday have her complete a 5k with me. No one in my family likes to run so I’m always running solo!

    • nora @AdventuresMotherDaughterRunningDuo

      Thank you!! I’m really lucky to have a running partner 🙂 it can be hard to run solo all the time (as I’m sure you know!) good luck to you and your mom in your future 5K!

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