1000+ Miles.

It’s been more than a month since my last post to this running blog, and during that time I’ve:

Ran the last of the 5 boroughs, ending with Manhattan this past January
A brutal half in 20 degree weather. My slowest of 3 times thus far, between the temperature, the CP hills and my recovering from the flu. 1:48:xx.
And yet, I’ve never been more proud.

Hit my first major goal of running 1000 (tracked) miles.
Hitting a lifetime figure like this might not seem like a big deal but it’s so, so easy to just cave, but when you hold yourself accountable to a number, you keep going.

Developed what might be a stress fracture in my left shin.
The jury’s still out on this one and while I really need to go see a doctor just for the hell of it, I’ll probably recover before I get around to it. There’s just a deep, pointed pain that reminds me of what I suffered with my right foot back in June. It’s just not as bad yet, so I’ll see if a few more days off will help.

[No pics, just pain]

That said… I feel slimmer, fitter and hungrier than ever. I’ve been hovering at the same weight for the past ~6 or more months now, toning up and noticing tightness in areas that otherwise didn’t seem to have muscle. It’s a goddamned struggle unlike anything else I’ve ever taken on, and to dispel the notion that I live in a vacuum, and getting fit is all I do, dealing with work and life and everything else that makes me who I am just makes the struggle that much greater, and at the same time, that much more meaningful to me.

Feet don’t fail me now.

You know you’re a runner when… your snooze button rolls over and tries to turn you off.

Normal is not something to aspire to, it is something to get away from.

Jodie Foster (via j-go)

Back, but never gone.

So the start of the year has been quiteee eventful. Tons of partying, a respectable amount of running, healthy eating, a new hair do…

Oh yeah, and a bout with the flu.

It hasn’t been nearly as bad as most cases. I adamantly refuse to get a flu shot every year, with this year being no different. But the worst was over within 2 days, with the exception of difficulty breathing yesterday, which I chalk up to work stress and a caffeine sensitivity from a diet Coke I had.

So here I am. 2 weeks away from the Manhattan Half.
The last borough I need to race in before I have a medal for all 5 boroughs. 
Recovering from the flu.
NYC in 2 months and a week.
Run for your lives in 4 months minus one day.
19 miles away from hitting 1000 tracked miles. 

Let’s do this.

The past month was painful.

A perfect storm of work, winter and weariness have made the past month stressful and painful in more ways than I’d like to admit.

…painful in every respect, except for my running.

I’ve been able to keep up with my miles, weather some new aches and injuries, and am on track to reach my highest monthly mileage since APRIL! It’s a Christmas miracle!! :D

I am ALSO pleased to say that I’ve scheduled/registered for the following events for 2013:

Manhattan Half - January 27th (1st race of 2013 and the last borough I’ve yet to race in! Central Park is my training ground so this should be fairly cake)
Coogan’s Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5K - March 3rd (my 2nd 5K race - hills galore! I’m just hoping to taper enough before……)
NYC Half 2013 - March 17th (YES!!! 1st televised race! although I so won’t show up on tv…hahaha)
Run For Your Lives Norcal - May 11th (Flying out to do this with my lifelong “bestie out westie”!) 

Aside from all these, I’ve seen tremendous decreases in day to day wear and tear following my runs, shin splints, etc…and even a slowly-but-surely developing “few pack” - feels like more than a two-pack, maybe 4…can’t really tell yet.

Dieting is going to be a HUGE part of the upcoming year, so expect this to become a bit of a foodblr over the coming months. :)
Writing will also need to take more of a front stage as I’ve started to remember how important of an outlet it used to be for me. Writers don’t write because their audience needs to read - they write because they need to write.

Merry Christmas, and here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2013!

Finally.

Wonderfully (and very much visually) detailed post coming either tomorrow or the following day. Pulling it together will be a workout of its own, but as with such things, the results will be worth while. :)