Wow – What A Year! Looking Forward to 2018!

78484141-street-with-shoes-and-year-2018Happy New Year!

Well, here we are at the beginning of 2018.  This year has really flown by.  And, I blinked and December was almost over.  I was so happy with getting decorations and everything done right after Thanksgiving – thinking I had all the time in the world to enjoy.  It absolutely flew by!

This time of year is the time to reflect on the year past and make goals and plans for the next.  This year, overall, was a really good year – running wise.  It started out rather slowly, but ended great.

January

2017 race season started out in Key West as it has for the 3 previous years.  However, after 3 consecutive years of doing the half marathon – I changed over to the 5K.  I had tweaked my knee – and kept tweaking it on the ice.  (Not running – but, just sliding while walking).  So, I decided to take it easy, mileage-wise, for a bit.  While I missed doing the half marathon – the 5K was fun.  And, I got to meet Hubby earlier for breakfast!

Didn’t do anything over 5 miles and ended up January with 101 miles.

February

No races in February this year.  Started inching up the mileage and longest run was 8 miles.  Finished the month with 118 miles.

March

March had me feeling good again.  Did a 5K race and actually won my age group. Long runs were 10 and 12 miles.  Knee keeps feeling good – but, I’ve developed a habit of wearing a knee strap every time I run.  Don’t know if I still need it – but, I’m afraid to go out without it!  :-)

March ended up with 164 miles.

April

Started off April (yes, actually April 1st) with an 8K.  1st place in my age group!  Very happy!  Hey, the award was a wine glass!

Long runs in April got back up  to 15 miles.  I like 15 as my long run, even if I’m not training for anything.  But, 15 makes a half marathon (13.1) easier – 2 less miles!  :-)

April – 180 miles

May

First half marathon of the year was in May.  I did the Race 13.1 Series half at the Greenbrier Resort.  This is about 10 miles from where I grew up and where my Mom still lives.  It was a little bit of a nightmare of a race.  The grounds were still being cleaned up after their massive flooding the year before.  But, it was fun – and a super after race brunch!

May – 171 miles

June

June was a fun month.  Had 2 half marathons on 2 consecutive weekends.  I’m not sure that I’ve ever done that before.  In years past, when I was much faster, I’d put everything into a race.  Now, I’m slower and having more fun just doing the distance.  I still would like to be faster – but, I’m just happy to be out there.

The first half marathon was here in Roanoke.  I ran most of it with one of my runners.  It was her first and she had a blast.  The second one was about 1/2 hour from my Mom’s.  It was a trail marathon.  Now, you may be saying “she doesn’t do trails”.  Well, that’s right.  But, this trail was completely small gravel.  No rocks, roots, etc.  Only one water stop on the out and back – so, had to wear my CamelBak.  I’m really glad I did.  It was a humid day.  Passed a lot of runners on the way back.  Happy to say it was another age group win!

Finished up June with 171 miles.  Yep, the exact same mileage as May.

July

No races in July.  Traveled to Branson, Missouri, for a family reunion with Hubby’s family.  It was a nice trip.  I always enjoy traveling to new areas and sightseeing while I run.  We stayed at a resort – so there were nice places to run without gong onto the main highway. I almost chanced running on the pathways of the golf course – but, I’ve been shooed off them before.  So, I was good!  :-)

July total miles – 175

August

August was another month with no races – just some nice runs.  Long runs during this month were 16 and 17 miles.

August total – 208 miles

September

September is always a fun month to run.  Hubby and I go to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for 2 weeks.  He has a car show on both of the weekends.  During the time in between, we’ll eat, do a little shopping – but, that’s about it.  We both go hard at it all year – so, it’s a nice down time for us.  It’s nice because on the weekends I can go for my long runs and then meet up with him at the show later.  It’s also nice because I get to see some different scenery than I do regularly.

Did have a half marathon in Charlotte the end of September.  Beat my time from last year.  That made me happy!  Plus last year it had been raining for days before the race and the course was pretty bad in spots.  Perfect this year!

Total miles for September – 175

October

Did a local half marathon in October.  This race definitely went better than last year.  But, they start the race at 9:00.  By the time it’s over, you are dying.  Even me – and I love running in heat.  It’s a hilly course and the humidity doesn’t help.  I swore last year that if it started late again I wasn’t running it.  I said it again this year.  We’ll see!  :-)

October miles – 179

November

November brought 2 half marathons.  The first one was in Outer Banks, North Carolina.  This is a great race weekend.  I ran the marathon a couple of years ago, the 8K last year and this year I decided to run the half.  I’m glad I did!  The full marathon is a great race – but, I really did like the half.  I already signed up for next year – and signed up for the half.  Had a great race and a really fun weekend away with Hubby!

The next weekend was another local half marathon.  Even though I had done a half the Sunday before (and this race was on the following Saturday), I placed 2nd in my age group!

November also saw me hit the 32nd anniversary of my running streak!  On November 20, 1985, I started running every day!

Total for November – 181 miles

December

One of the most fun that I have at races happens in December.  In Virginia Beach, they hold a Surf-n-Santa 5 miler.  You get a Santa Suit with your entry.  It’s so much fun to see 3000+ Santas running down the Boardwalk in Virginia Beach!

December total – 197

Total for 2017 – 2020 miles

 

This was a pretty good year for my running.  I’m happy.  I used to do more miles – and run them a heck of a lot faster – but, I’m good with where I am now.

Looking forward to a fabulous 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

Ode To The Stuff Holder

Yesterday was a big day for me – it was the 32nd year of my running every day!  I can’t believe that it’s been that long – it’s hard for me to believe that I’m that old – but, I am! I went for a 10 mile run and spent a lot of time during the run reflecting on the past 32 years of my streak running – and the 7 years before that when I started running.  I thought about the runs, the races, the ones that I’ve run with.  It was a great time of reflecting. One of the things that I thought a lot about was my wonderful Hubby.  I couldn’t run every day and run in some of the places that I’ve run without his support.  There are so many runners (male and female) that don’t have the support of their significant others.  This makes me … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 6

Friday, October 6 – 12 miles Today was long run day!  I started doing my long runs a while back on Fridays.  It really seems to work for me.  I like that it gets my weekend started right and on Thursdays I can fix a nice pasta dinner for Hubby and me. For the past year or so, I’ve been doing my long runs on some of the greenways around here.  I sometimes start and finish on the greenway – but, may hit the road for some miles.  It all depends on the miles that I am doing. The greenway that I start my longer runs on starts at a place called Fallon Park.  There are runners and cyclists that start there.  I like starting there because there is a port-a-potty right there.  On the greenway, there are a couple – but, I like having one right there before I … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 5

Thursday, October 5 On the schedule today was an easy 4 mile run before my long run of the week tomorrow. Hubby was having carpal tunnel surgery at 8:15 a.m. – so, that meant up at 4 a.m. to get the run in before having to have him at the hospital early. I’ve run many mornings at that time due to one thing or another.  I know that some people may have just punted their run – but, that’s not the way that streakers are wired.  You get up as early as you need to get the run done.  There are some that would wait and run later.  I’ve never liked to do that.  You never know what’s going to happen during the day.  So, I always get it done first thing. And, the crazy thing is – I love running first thing in the morning.  It gets the day … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 4

Wednesday, October 4 Usually I am up before the sun to get my run in for the day.  Today, I had an early doctor’s appointment to do a retest – so, I decided to be lazy and sleep in until 6:15 and do my run after my appointment.  Yep, that’s sleeping in for me! After my appointment, I had to do some things for Hubby for the DQ, so I didn’t get out to run until almost 11:00.  On the positive side – it was in the mid 50’s by then instead of the lower 40’s of the morning. Today’s schedule was an easy 5 miler.  Went to my “trail” and did part on the trail – and part on another side road that is close by.  This road is where I do my hill work outs.  But, today, I just did the half mile uphill and then back down. … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 3

Tuesday, October 3 Today was speed work day.  For speed work today – I did 1/4 mile repeats.  What this means is that after a warm up of easy running (1 1/2 miles), I started doing intervals.  1/4 mile faster with 1/4 mile recovery (slower running).  Today called for 6 of these.  So, 6 X 1/4 mile repeats.  Followed by a slower run for a cool down. Where I ran today is called Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail.  Trail is using the term loosely.  I am not a fan of trail running – rocks and tree roots are not fun in my klutzy world!    But, this trail is finely crushed gravel – much easier!  I did my warm up on this trail. The parking area for the trail is about 1/8 of a mile from the trail.  If you do the other direction – it’s a paved road that dead ends … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 2

Tuesday, October 2nd – 6 miles This morning for my run I was at my Mom’s.  She lives about an hour and a half away in the town where I grew up.  Mom had a stroke about 6 years ago.  She is fine mentally, but has a weak leg – so she doesn’t drive anymore or go up and down a lot of stairs.  So, I go up to her house one or two nights a week to do what I call my “Mom chores”.  This includes her laundry, grocery shopping, banking and other little things.  We go out to dinner and lunch – so, it’s a nice little time together. Anyway, the temperature is usually 10 degrees or so cooler at her house than it is at mine.  As you can see by the picture, it was 35 degrees when I ran this morning.  Definitely a glove morning! Monday … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner

Happy First Day of October! I decided to do something different with my blog posts for the month.  For October, I’m going to do a blog post each day with my run – how far, how I felt, etc. I have a few reasons for doing this.  First of all, I’ve been really bad in blogging.  I was horrified to see that I hadn’t posted anything since August. Second, I’ve had many runners question how far I run each day and how I make running every day work.  Now, there are many other streakers who run more miles than I do.  But, I’m going to let you in on how this almost 60-year-old gets it done. Third, I’ve joined a blogging challenge.  I’m looking forward to the challenge to get me back to writing every day! This is going to be a good month to let you in on my … {Continue Reading… }

I Broke All My Rules – And, Had A Great Week Of Running

Last week was a good week of running for me.  I hit 50 miles a week in training.  I used to hit this and more consistently – but, for the last 5 or 6 years – I haven’t been able to.  Sometimes life – personal obligations and work – just seem to get in the way of mileage sometimes.  I hate that it does – but, it’s the truth.  Now, I’m still going to get my runs in every day no matter what. I may have to cut back a few miles from time to time – but, the run is going to happen. Now, that I’ve hit the magic 50 again – I know that I’ll be able to keep at it. The funny thing is – last week was one of those weird weeks where what I usually do to work up to a long run went all … {Continue Reading… }

Common Sense and Running – It’s Soapbox Time Again!

Well, it’s time to get on my soapbox again!    Actually, I’m normally a very positive person – but, some people need to get some common sense when it comes to running and running etiquette. (Now, if you do any of these – I’m sorry to be stepping on your toes). Please have common sense when listening to your music on your runs.  Runners who listen to music on their runs – WITHOUT earbuds drive me crazy. This happens in races and on the greenway.  Not all of us like your taste in music.  I don’t expect everyone to like the music that I listen to.   And, if I can hear your music over what I’m listening to with my earbuds – your music is also too loud.   Of course, on the other hand, it makes me run faster to get ahead of them. Another thing that drives … {Continue Reading… }