I’ve decided to use the upcoming month, October, to tackle a few of my 101 Things in 1001 Days. I want to write them down here so I remember to try to complete them this month. It’s great to have a list and all saying that I plan to accomplish these things by such and such date, but I need to actually put a plan in place if it’s going to happen. If this works well, I might try to make a plan of attack for meeting some of these goals at the beginning of each month.
For October, I plan to complete:
1. Run a 10-miler. (Barring injury or illness, this should occur next Sunday.)
14. Stay within Spark calories for an entire week.
29. Create a “cast of characters” page.
35. Update my address book.
60. Get an hourly bonus. (Technically, I should be receiving a bonus for July-September, but I don’t receive it until October.)
61. Read a non-fiction book
79. Go to a winery.
99. Bring lunch to work every day for a month.
Stay tuned to see how I do!
We decided to sign up for this race last minute and ended up running on about 5 hours of sleep after eating a heavy, late dinner at 11p.m., plus we didn’t go all out since we have to run NINE miles tomorrow, but all in all, not too shabby…
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
I managed to run the entire thing without walking once… the farthest I’ve ever run without a walk break. The pace was a little slower than I would have hoped had I been completely healthy, but I can’t really complain.
Distance: 10K (6.2 miles)
Oh, and I think I may have run those germs right out of my body… I’m feeling pretty good right now. :-)
I just ran (slash-walked) the farthest I’ve ever run (slash-walked) before… seven miles. My legs are TIRED. I finished in just under an hour and a half, about 5 minutes slower that my goal pace is for the ten miler (I hope to finish in 2 hours). The run itself wasn’t that bad… my legs got tired towards the last third, but were capable of running. The problem is that I overheat so easily. This is one reason I do a lot of runs on the treadmill… even though it can be 74 degrees in the gym and outside, having the sun beat down me is just totally draining. I used the Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock, which claims that it is “ultra sweatproof,” and I was blinded by sweat and sunscreen in my eyes within the first mile. I’m sure the product works fine for the average person; I bought it after reading a lot of positive reviews about it (and having a coupon), but I’m just using this as an example of how much I sweat. Keep in mind, at this point, it was about 70 degrees. It’s that bad.
Aside from basically drowning in my own sweat, the run/walk went pretty well. It’s really hard to complain when my run takes me past Arlington Cemetery, over the river, around the Lincoln Memorial, past the World War II memorial and Washington Monument, past the Smithsonians… it’s quite the scenic run. It didn’t feel like I was running for an hour and a half (although my legs may beg to differ). I still can’t believe I have to eventually run THREE more miles than that though… in just four weeks!
Next weekend, I’ll be up in NYC and we’re going to run our EIGHT miles in Central Park.