Monday, April 1, 2013

50 Miles


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I think I have mentioned this before, but Stephen and I are going to be completing both a half marathon and full marathon this year. We have always run regularly but since our last half marathon (back in 2009, yikes!), we have struggled to do much more than the occasional 5 mile run. We have kind of plateaued at the average 3-4 mile run.

We are back on the running wagon. Our first event is the Madison half marathon Memorial Day weekend. As part of our training we have already completed a 9 mile run and we have an 11 mile run on the docket for Saturday. All this running has been completed in pretty crappy weather, as well.

At the recommendation of one of our friends, we are keeping track of our mileage this year. Every time we run, even it is 1/2 mile and we are just too cold and tired to do more, we log it. This has led to some interesting motivation. I don't want to write down a small mileage amount, and it pushes us to get out and run when we might be inclined to skip the shorter runs. January, for example, was a bad month and we only ran 4 times. And we documented this. And see it every time we write down our mileage.

Last night I totaled up our mileage for the month of March. My friends, we ran 50 miles! I am hoping to match that in April, and it can only get easier as it gets warmer, right?

Any runners out there have any tricks for holding themselves accountable to put in the miles?