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Sunday, July 31, 2011

I will not limp to the finish

Day 942 - July 31, 2011

I'm really disappointed with my running lately. I have failed to reach 100 miles in each of the last three months and I am progressively getting slower - at least 30 seconds a mile worse than this point last year. I'm also at least 15 pounds heavier than I want to be. It is time for a change. Limping through the last 58 days until I reach 1000 is not acceptable.

So, that will be my motivation. Tomorrow, on August 1, I post the before photo. Then I'm going to bust my ass for the next 58 days and see where I get. On September 27, I'll post the after. In August, I plan to log at least 125 miles and drop 10 pounds. Let's see if I can get this thing back on track.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Day 928

Day 928 - July 17, 2011

Just another ordinary day, but one day closer to 1000.

Monday, July 4, 2011

And you think a running streak is tough...

How about a mile and a beer everyday? That's what Tim Cigelske is doing. He's over 9 months into his streak and to make it interesting, two days ago he ran a beer mile. Yep, for those who running an interval just isn't enough, try chugging a 12 oz beer each lap. And be sure to do it without puking or else you need to run a 5th lap. That's crazy. And just to prove he wasn't taking this lightly, Tim cranked out a personal best 6:31 - that includes the drinking time. Way to go Mr. BeerRunner - we salute you.

The beer runner was also featured in Wired. You can check out the full article here.

Happy 4th of July

Day 915 - July 4th, 2011

What a great day. The entire family headed out for the annual 4th of July 5K bright and early at 6:20am. I've run this race every year we are in town, but it was the first full 5K for my daughters. They decided they would start with their mom and depending on how everyone was doing, separate and regather at the finish. I would then double back at the end of the race and run in with whoever was up front.

I had a great race and felt strong the entire way. I think I'm getting my racing legs back. I finished in a solid 19:35, almost a minute faster than a 5K I did a month ago. I quickly gathered my breath and started slowly jogging back to see which of my girls was up front. To no surprise, my 8 year old was only about 3/4 of a mile from the finish when I found her. She was chugging along and I really enjoyed cheering her on to the finish. She even passed another kid in her age group in the last half mile to take second place in the 10 and under group. She was absolutely beaming when she went up to claim her prize.

My 10 year old also did very well. Not being as competitive as her sister, she was happy to finish and still managed a respectable sub 40 min race with her mom. So proud of all three of them.

Today was probably one of the best days of the streak so far. Definitely one to keep me going.

85 days till 1000.