A couple weeks ago, my friend Sean was texting about training this month, and he helpfully pointed out that I was way closer to 100 miles than I had realized.
I've literally never run 100 miles in a month! Even last year during marathon training, my highest mileage was in the 70s. At the end of September, I realized I was pretty behind in my training, and my motivation just came back full force. I was ready to suck it up and put full effort into the last few weeks before BDR.
I hit 100 on Thursday. My last run of October on Friday brought me to 106.
Hitting 100 miles has given me a lot of confidence for BDR. My paces are slower than last year, but my mileage is higher. My legs feel good...in fact, I feel the best I have in a long time.
It felt awesome to see this new trophy on Nike+, and to go back and look at my progress over the last couple months.
|From DailyMile. Last November was my highest mileage to date; 79 miles including the marathon!|
So, how did I celebrate this milestone? With pizza! It was all I could talk about on Thursday's run with Elizabeth; pizza may be a staple for some runners, but it's kind of a hassle to get gluten free pizza, so we don't have it often. I was definitely craving it, and it was the first thing I texted Matt post-run.
After listening to me daydream of pizza for five miles, Elizabeth checked in to make sure I'd had my reward.
|Artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and bacon!|
I have to say, I'm feeling pretty good about October, and I'm looking forward to another strong month in November! There are 42 days until marathon-day, and that means a few more weeks of strong runs and then...TAPER!
|The night I hit 100! Woohoo!|
Now that I've done it once, I know I can do it again. It's a really empowering feeling!
What was your highest mileage month?
How do you celebrate big achievements?
Awesome! You more than doubled your September mileage and still feel strong! 42 days seems so soon!ReplyDelete
I know, I can't believe that it's almost December!! Things are starting to feel real!Delete
Congrats on hitting a mega running milestone!!!! I have to tell you that everytime I log onto facebook I see in my feed that "Ali K is out on a run with Nike," and it motivates me to run!ReplyDelete
I think my highest mileage month was 211 and it happened this August. :)
Dang, 211! That's so impressive. I can't even fathom that!Delete
CONGRATS!!! That's such a great achievement! Pizza sounds like the perfect way to celebrate! I got the gluten free pizza from Dominos once. I didn't look up their gluten-free policy before ordering (most likely I was purposefully ignoring it). The pizza was delicious but it definitely wasn't gluten free... sigh!ReplyDelete
Yeah, Dominoes "gf" pizza made me sick, too. I like BJ's (where we went the other night) or Aurelio's if I'm not baking my own!Delete
Nice work! Congratulations on this new milestone!ReplyDelete
My highest ever mileage was 121 which I hit training for my last marathon. I haven't had a month over 100 since March, but I'm hoping to get there this month. It might be a little tricky because I have a bunch of travel coming up, but hopefully I'll be able to make time.
Sometimes I'm even MORE motivated to run when traveling because I like running in new places! I hope you're able to get some running in while you travel.Delete
Congratulations!! I've never run 100 miles in a month - that's a huge accomplishment. I'm so glad your marathon training is going well :)ReplyDelete
Congrats on your 100 mile month - so awesome. But also congrats on that pizza - now THAT is a thing of true beauty!!!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks!! Yeah, the pizza was the PERFECT craving-crusher because I'd been thinking about it all week haha!Delete
Congrats, that's awesome!ReplyDelete