Wednesday, November 3, 2010

7 Weeks Down

I can't believe it has been 7 weeks since I started this challenge.  I have learned so much and wanted to share a few of those things.
  • Setting a goal is really motivating. - To actually put the 500 miles on paper in weekly intervals really showed me that I can do this.
  • Life sometimes gets in the way of that goal.  - This is a big one for me since I realize that I am only 48 miles into the 500 miles instead of the 70 that I should be (goal was 10 miles/week).  I made some choices during my job switch that sleep was most likely healthier for me than running (who is to say whether that was good rationale or not, but it is in the past so I am not dwelling on it). 
  • I am not alone. - I am so excited that there are 16 participants in this challenge on the Daily Mile and that 14 have logged miles toward the challenge.  Some are logging more than others and that is fine.  It doesn't matter that everyone stay on the 10 miles per week pace, just that we keep motivating each other.  It is so motivating to see blog posts of the participants sharing the same challenges that I have with running and it is inspiring to see them work through it. 
  • I like interval running better than just get on the treadmill and start running.  - It breaks things up for me.  It gives me manageable mini goals.  It gets me through!  Maybe someday that will change, but for now, intervals are my friends. 
I am working on badges and I have someone who said they will help make them too.  I am thinking about badges for the first 25 miles and then 50 miles and then every 50 miles after that.  I also want to do a badge for our Virtual 5k coming up.

Good luck to Liz C this weekend in her race.  Sorry I couldn't join you, but I will be thinking about you. 

**I signed up for the mini marathon (May 2011) yesterday!  I walked it last year (with a little bit of each mile running) and I am hoping to blow my time away with some proper training this year.

Happy Running!


~ Lori ~ said...

You know what? I don't think it matters if you're on're doing something! Plus, look at all of us that you've motivated to get moving! I am totally driven to get more miles in BECAUSE of your challenge! You rock!

C. Beth said...

Woo hoo!! 6 months to prepare for the half mary--you can do that!

Eternal Lizdom said...

I plan to sign up for the Mini next payday- just trying to decide if I want to sign up for just the Mini or if I also want to do the 3 training races in the 3 months previous.

You're pretty amazing, Ashli. And I love that I get to call you my friend!