I <3 running. All I need to do is throw on a pair of shorts, an optional shirt, and my Vibrams (also optional), and I’m out the door. Sure, that’s all I need but I tend to run with a visor, sunglasses, an iPod, Garmin Forerunner 305 w/HRM, and my dog, Bella.
Unfortunately, this past year has been a rough one. I’ve battled injuries (from shin splints to knee probs to a thrice torn calf ) and put on 35lbs (thanks to my reluctance to give up the high calorie runner’s diet). Yeah, this past year has sucked pretty bad.
Well, my leg is finally healthy (knock on wood), and I’m ready to get back to where I was. To motivate myself I’ve set a personal goal of 100 miles in 30 days.
I’m a little more than half way into my month-long 100-mile goal and have chalked up 55mi. My pace has improved to 8:58 and it continues to drop. With 13 days left, I will be able to reach my goal and maybe even a couple extra miles.
Next month, I’m gunning for 150mi; though I may change it to 200mi depending on how strong my legs feel. Ultimately, I want to slip off my Vibrams and pound out a barefoot marathon in the fall. By then, if I stick to my diet and the 10% rule, I should be down to ~160lbs, up to 50mi/week, and my training pace should be in the lower eights—God willing. Wish me luck!