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ValGal0823 Amateur 10 posts since
Mar 31, 2011
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Jul 14, 2011 10:53 PM

Hey guys! I was blogging on FB but my friends don't run. I'm new here!

I thought I'd share with you all my goals and today's achievement! I would love feedback. Whether you want to give me tips, constructive criticism, share your stories with me, I invite it all!


First, a little about me...

My relationship with running in the past has always been one sided. I was always giving and putting forth the effort while running was always taking; taking its toll on my joints, shin splints, aches and pains etc.  Enough was enough. In spite, I broke off my love affair with running a few years back. However, I still ran but without gusto --->without a goal. The problem here was the whole relationship adage, out of sight out of mind. Running was never out of sight or out of mind. I couldn't stop thinking about my affair with running. Meanwhile, I began to read more running and fitness magazines because I also love weightlifting. I came across an article about a woman who made her vow to run 1000 miles within one year. Talk about a commitment! These days, it's far too easy to breach such a contract!

Anyway, I read her story and though she was engaged to her running endeavor for a purpose different than my own, she inspired me.

Running 1000 miles in one year doesn't sound like much. You break it down to only 2.73 miles a day. What a breeze! Wink wink cough cough. Factor in sick days, travel days, study days, days when you can't move, lazy days (we are allowed a few, right? <--- I struggle with this) and before you know it, 2.73 miles a day becomes 6 or 7 miles during each run.

Long story short, I’m 3 ½ months into this goal and I'm addicted. Each stride lures me to run more.

I may not be classified as a runner, but I am Mad About Running.


Today's achievement...

Tonight I ran my longest distance to date!!! 11.25 miles in 1:58:37. I was not looking to run more than 6 miles this evening but once I hit the 6 mile mark, I aimed for 8. And that's when the mind tricks began. I kept telling myself that I always stop at 8. Why? And why should I stop at 8 miles today when 8 is so close to 10. Then the idea of 10 miles just stuck. I was running with a purpose! After all, what's stopping me today? I'm stuck in a hotel room in Albuquerque, NM. I don't want to eat green chili and I don't want to be confined within the four walls that echo what my neighboring guests are watching on television etc. That's why I just kept running. And Wow! 10 miles turned into 11.25 because I just couldn't get enough. That last mile was my high. I felt accomplished. I'm reminded today how much that first mile sucks, for lack of a better word. The first mile is the mile that taunts you. Then the taunting is drowned out by the little aches and pains I felt between mile 8 and 9. Come mile 10, my game face was back on and I just went for it. Today, July 14th, 2011, I have logged my longest distance! Woot woot!

I’m a sweaty girl right now. And I wouldn’t trade this feeling for anything! :):)


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  • StaticZep Amateur 15 posts since
    Nov 9, 2010

    Hi Valgalgurl,


    I read your post and think that 1000 miles a year is an excellent goal for your first full year of running (or getting back into running).  That averages out to 19 miles per week -- manageable by running every other day if you do 5-6 mile runs.  Complete this goal and you will have built up a solid base to start training for Half's and eventually a Full (after time logging just miles might lose it's luster unless you are training for an event).


    I know how you feel -- the first time you conquer a new distance is an exhilareting feeling. Just be careful not to increase your distance too much too quickly or those "aches and pains" you mention will become an injury that could very easily sideline your efforts.


    Keep it up and good luck! You already made it through one season and you need not worry about classificatons or by whom they come from -- if you run, you are a runner.

    Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 11/05/11 - 3:50:19

    Indianapolis Half Marathon 10/15/11 - 1:44:59

    Nobesville 10-Miler (NHS) 09/24/11 - 1:16:07

    The Melt Down (Shelbyville) - 3 5Ks 07/16/11 - 1) 22:59 2) 24:30 3) 24:10

    Carmel Marathon 06/11/11 - 3:56:02 (a hot one!!!)

    Indy 500 Mini Marathon 05/07/11 - 1:48

    Indy 500 Training Series 15K 04/09/11 - 1:11:41

    Sam Costa Half (Carmel) 03/26/11 - 1:45

    Indy 500 Training Series 10K 03/05/11 - 46:21

    Polar Bear Doubler 3 & 5 Mile 02/19/11 - 3M - 22:00, 5M - 38:10

    Indy 500 Training Series 5K 02/12/11 - 22:01

    Race to the New Year 5K 01/08/11 - 23:59

    Jingle Bell 5K 12/11/10 - 23:23

    Turkey Trot - Noblesville 5K 11/25/10 - 24:00

    Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon 11/06/10 - 1:58

  • Marykb Legend 1,347 posts since
    Jan 16, 2008

    I think 1000 miles a year is a good goal because that's pretty much my yearly goal.  It is a very doable distance - average 20 miles per week with a couple of weeks off during the year for whatever may come up like injury, illness or vacation.


    You'll find lots of people here who like to talk about runinng so join right in!

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009

    Great post & welcome back to running. Congrats on your progress. I'll bm your blog and follow your journey.  Post here often too. It is a great community.

    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1

  • x axis Rookie 5 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007

    I had a similar experience.  About 5 years ago I decided to run.  Just run...for stress relief, exercise...just a change.  I found I loved it.  Started a journal and managed to hit 40 a week with a long run of 12ish.  And then the miasma hit.  I moved, had to find a new running course and schedule, moved again and thought I'd never hit 10 again.  I ran at least 5 times a week, but only as a sort of chore.  Had no goals.  But I knew I wanted to be a runner.  I knew that I loved it and that what I had been missing all along was a focus.  So I took 4 weeks and set my own schedule, stuck to it and took a giant leap and began to marathon train.  Now I am 5 weeks into the marathon training and loving it more than ever. 


    Goals.  They are no small things.  Even if it is just pencil scratching in a notebook.

  • bostonbruce Amateur 12 posts since
    Jan 2, 2011

    Just want to point out that anyone who runs 11.25 miles is certainly classified as a runner.


    Great job! I love those little victories. I'm just going to echo some others that you want to slowly work up to longer distances so as not to injure yourself. Maybe 12 next time!

    12/5/09- Special Olympics Jolly Jaunt 5k- 27:29 (8:51 pace)

    5/8/10- NECC 5k- results missing

    5/30/10- Johnny Kelly 1/2 Marathon- 2:01:46 (9:18)

    9/5/10- Swanzey Covered Bridges 1/2 Marathon- 1:57:50 (8:59)

    10/30/10- Special Olympics Trick or Trot 10k- 53:01 (8:32)

    2/27/11- Hyannis 1/2 Marathon- 2:21:42 (10:49)

    3/19/11- Holyoke St. Patrick's 10k- 52:49 (8:31)*PR*

    5/29/11- Johnny Kelly 1/2 Marathon- 1:54:21 (8:44)*PR*

    7/10/11- Mad Marathon- 4:50:59 (11:06)

    Running Blog:

  • Dreamstate Legend 278 posts since
    Dec 1, 2009

    welcome back! and welcome to the board... i love it here. none of my friends really run either so i love having a community to come to to ask questions, boast about successes, and gripe about hardships. it's encouraging to know there are like minded people out there who think you're normal for loving running so much!

    Completed Races 2012:

    Rock and Roll USA Half Marathon, 02:54:26 (1st run POST injury)

    Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, 01:49:00


    Upcoming Races 2012:

    IronGirl Half Marathon, 4/29/12

    Frederick Half Marathon, 5/6/12

    Atlantic City International Sprint Tri, 09/17/12

    Rock and Roll Philly Half Marathon, 09/18/12

    Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/13/12

    Marine Corps Marathon, 10/28/12

    ING NYC Marathon, 11/4/12


    Personal Record from 2011:

    Teach, Learn, Play 5k, 10/02/11 00:26:57 (PR)

    Marine Corps Marathon 10k, 10/30/11 01:05:38 (PR)

    Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/15/11, 02:24:15 (PR)

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