By now you have probably heard of the Run The Year 2016 challenge
where you run 2,016 miles either as an individual runner or by splitting the total mileage as a team. In 2015, I signed up for the challenge as a team and I was nowhere near my half mileage of 1,007.5 miles. Nowhere near! I only completed two half marathons and a few 5k's last year compared to 2014 when I completed 14 half marathons and quite a few 5k's and races of other distances. But last year I battled plantar fasciitis on and off, which completely destroyed my confidence. I loved my training experience with Fleet Feet, but my heart just was not in it! So here we go....a new year, a new start. Another chance and the motivation by way of a challenge, to continue running throughout 2016 and not fail a second year. So this year, I *only* have to run 1,008 miles by December 31st. Doable, right? I hope so, especially since so many runners complete the challenge SOLO.
So to start the New Year off right, I ran the Commitment Day 5K
in Ellisville, MO on January 1st. The race started and ended at Lifetime Fitness, which sponsors the race at various locations across the country. I was so self-conscious about my time (since I had not run in more weeks than I want to admit), that I removed the timing strip from the back of my bib. I didn't care about my time, I just wanted to feel that excitement when I crossed the finish line. I really enjoyed this race. Why you ask?
- The race didn't start until 10 a.m., giving you time to sleep in a bit.
- Plenty of parking.
- FREE access to Lifetime Fitness for the day. This gym was incredible! I even work part-time at another local gym and I was very impressed.
- Nice short-sleeved race shirt.
- Pre-race group stretch and warm-up session.
- Post-race coffee, water, bananas, protein bars, AND fresh waffles!
On Saturday, I was sore. I hate admitting that after only 3.1 miles, but it is the truth. I needed that wake-up call. My parents came in town for an overnight visit and so that my step-dad and I could run the Way of Lights 5K
in Belleville, IL. This is a night run through the Christmas lights at Our Lady of the Snows. I left my timing chip on my bib this time, and although my time was slow, I see it as a starting point and just hope that I don't get any slower this year! The race was fun, unique, and well-attended. So well-attended that they ran out of bananas by the time I finished and my step-dad took one of the last bottles of water when he finished. You could pay for one of several post-race buffet options, but I was not interested in paying for post-race food having been spoiled by the Commitment Day 5K food the day prior.
|Post-Race food for purchase|
|Running through the lights|
On the drive home, my step-dad and I agreed that while the race was fun, we likely would not make it a yearly event.
Last Sunday, I remembered that I was running after work on Monday with a co-worker. I thought, we not run Sunday too so that I can say that I ran four days in a row after so many weeks off? Well that running streak has now continued 10 days. I have ran (meaning walk-run in intervals) at least a mile every day and so has my Run the Year 2016 partner. Hopefully we can keep this streak going for a while.
Happy New Year!
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