Category Archives: Exercise

500 Mile Goal: COMPLETED

Yes, you read that correctly. After almost 11 months of pushing myself and not giving up, I finally completed my running goal of 500 miles in 2015. It was a lot of hard work and dedication for a lazy runner like myself, but it the end, it was completely worth it!

What about my next goal? I’m still thinking about it. I can tell you this, though, it isn’t going to be to run that many miles again.

Happy Running (or resting!)

~ Lucas

The End is in Sight

It’s been two months since my last check-in, but I’m happy to report that the end of my 500 mile journey is near. I’ve only added about 90 miles in the last two months, but that’s still averaging over 10 per week. I’ve had a hard go of it lately. The weather here in the Northeast is getting colder and dreary. For a few weeks it was pitch black every morning, making it hard to run. Also, trying to run after work wasn’t easy either. Now that the clocks have changed, I do have some good light in the AM, but  I’ve still found it to be challenging to keep myself motivated.97 percent graphWell, the good news is that I’m less than 15 miles away from my goal. It seems a little surreal. Sure, 500 miles isn’t much for some, but for a now 37 year old non-runner, this will be a huge accomplishment.

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Vacation + Dedication = Motivation

I’ve been back from my two week vacation for over a week now, so I figured it was time to get everyone caught up. I spent two glorious weeks on the beach, and other than two days that were kind of rainy, we had nothing but sun. Before I left I was just about caught up to where my average miles per week would total more that 500 for the year. So I decided to set a mini goal to run 40 miles in the 14 days that I was away. Good news, I DID! Bad news, it killed my feet.

40.3 Miles in 14 Days

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Another great week – 18.4 miles and closer to my goal

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted an update, but I’ve been very good. Two weeks ago I was a bit sick on that Saturday and was unable to do a planned 5 mile run, so I ended up short with just over 8 miles. However, I’ve been trying to be as aggressive as possible to make up for the few cold winter weeks that I slacked off. I’ve decided to try and do two “long” runs on the weekends of 5.3 miles each day. That way I get my baseline of 10+ miles in every week and then anything during the week is gravy.

So as of now I’m 190 miles in, which is 38% of my goal. As you can see from the graph below, I’m still not on target. In order for me to get back on track, I need to reach 250 miles by June 30, 2015. That’s another 60 miles in 21 days. That means I’ll need to run 20 miles a week. I doubt I’ll do that, but another few good weeks and I should be able to get there.

Goal Progress - 6/8/2015

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What a week! 17.7 miles might be my all-time high

So last week I was really good. I mean, I ran every day except for two. That means 5 days on with just 2 days off. Throughout the week I did my typical 2.88 mile runs, but then on Saturday I did a long run of over 6 miles. I was very tired after, but happy with myself for doing so.

I probably over did it, but I’ve reduced my target miles per week to 10.82. If I can get a few more weeks in like this, I’ll be back on target for my 500 miles this year.

Happy Running!

~ Lucas

8 days, 6 runs…

So this week has been pretty amazing so far. Out of the last 8 days I’ve managed to run 6 times. They were all just under 3 miles each, but that’s a lot better than not running at all.

Unfortunately, I may have fallen victim to the too much too soon curse. The inside of my shins started to hurt yesterday, but I decided to push through today anyway and I can definitely feel it taking its toll. I’ll need to rest tomorrow so that I don’t kill the good momentum I have going with another injury. That would make for an easy excuse.

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Finally getting back into the groove?

I’ve been lazier when it comes to blogging than than running.

I’ve taken the last two days off, but I had a pretty good weekend of running. Friday morning I went for a 2.88 mile run and then followed it up Saturday with a 5.76 mile jaunt. Sunday was Easter, so I gorged myself on ham and twice-baked potatoes, but then Monday night I did another 2.88 miles. I’m 19% of the way to my 500 mile goal and now I need to average 10.61 miles per week to achieve it.

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Take advantage of the good days

Last Saturday was disappointing because of the slushy snow. So I had to run on the treadmill, which I hate. Sunday however was gorgeous, so I took advantage and ran 6.3 miles. It was a lazy run (10min miles), but it was a 6.3 mile run nonetheless. Monday was snowy in the morning, so I’m glad I got out and took advantage.

When I finished my run, RunKeeper told me that my goal to run 500 miles this year was 17% complete. Considering that we’re 25% through the year, this isn’t particularly great news. I’ll need to average 10.56 miles per week for the rest of the year to make it.

The warmer weather is getting here, so I know I’ll run a lot more once it comes. Otherwise I’ll probably need to run 50 miles the last week in December! Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Happy Running!

~ Lucas