For the month of July my running goal is 76 miles. Last month I was successfully able to reach 70 miles so I feel confident that I can add in six more miles to reach that goal.
In June I learned that planning runs are key. Getting them in earlier in the month is the best way to ensure for days of rain and days of “I donwanna run” . I also learned that rest days are imperative. I run so much better when I have a day or two rest than the weeks when I push myself every single day.
For July, I’ve been running solo and with some members of the BGR group. Running with a partner is great because the BGR runners push me to go a little bit further, a little bit faster, and encourage me to stop listening to that voice telling me I cannot and that helps me keep going.
My solo runs are a great time to think about all the things and today was a solo run. Hours later and I am still absolutely giddy thinking about today’s run. Here’s the skinny…when we first moved and I would go out for a run, I had a goal of running to a coffee shop, having a cuppa and then running home, a trip that was the equivalent to a 10k or so. This dream never quite became a reality. Inconsistent training, getting sick, and a new job just made running six miles, let alone running A MILE feel impossible. So even though I was solo, my intention for today’s run was to start with a familiar route and then wind my way through the streets until I reached the Philadelphia Zoo.
I cannot explain the why but I had this goal of running to the Zoo and grabbing a shot in front of the entrance. I made wonderful time from my starting point. My pace was consistent, I did not feel out of breath or sore and I’m beginning to believe that running further for a cuppa may be in the future.
Here’s the thing….the run wasn’t as far nor took as long as I thought. This makes me think that I should begin to set my sites on other localish landmarks for that money shot. I’ve done the Bridge – twice! – and the Art Museum but now I would like to find some other places to run.
Signing off to work on some stretching. Right now I just do series of moves to hit all of the muscles. Still searching for *the routine.*