I apologize for my silence on the blog this past week. If you couldn’t tell I am back to work, which means my blogging time is limited now. But I have big news! This past Monday Kevin and I met our goal to run at least one mile a day until Labor Day! It is crazy to think that I ran for 101 days in a row and Kevin ran for 100 days! Here is how our last week of the streak went down.
Katie’s Miles (8/25 – 9/1)
- Monday: 3 miles @ 10:05. 3 miles before the sunrise with my running buddy! I love these running dates with her because they get me out of bed and hold me accountable. It was also a great way to begin the week, since it was my first day back to work after a wonderful summer and needed a little stress relief before it all started. It also helped that it was a BEAUTIFUL and cool morning. Bring on fall!!!
- Tuesday: 4 miles @ 8:08. Hello speedwork, my old friend! I haven’t done much speedwork besides the short 100 meter sprints at the track I was doing over the summer with my friend. Lately I’ve been feeling the desire to do it again so I went to the gym for half-mile repeats on the treadmill. Normally I prefer to do speedwork at the track but I don’t have one nearby and now that I’m back to work I have to run before sunrise. It’s difficult for me to run fast when I can’t really see where I’m going! Anyway I warmed up for a mile, then did 4 x 800 meters (a half mile) with 400 meters of slower recovery running between. I started my first repeat at 7:13 pace and worked my way down to a 6:58 pace on my last one. Then I quickly cooled down and finished with a total of 4 miles. It felt so good to do this type of workout again! I really did miss it!
- Wednesday: 3 miles @ 10:02. My plan was to do 3 easy miles around the neighborhood this morning, and when Laura told me she was doing the same and asked if I wanted to run together I obviously couldn’t refuse! Running in the dark is way more fun (and safe) with a buddy. It was a great run and went by super fast as usual. It even included a surprise shower from a sprinkler that we didn’t see which made me scream! Sorry neighbors!
- Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:44 pace. This tempo run was awesome! It has been a long time since I’ve done one so I kept it easy with 1 slow warm up mile, 2 fast, and 1 slow to cool down. I was aiming for 8:00/mile or less for the fast miles, but when I went outside and was hit with 100% humidity I wasn’t sure it would happen. I told myself to stop making excuses and just do it- so I did! My two miles were 7:58 and 7:52 and it was NOT easy, but there’s nothing like the feeling after a hard speed workout! Then as if my heart rate wasn’t up high enough already, I ran into the biggest spiderweb of all time on my way back to the house, which made me scream. That’s the second day in a row that I’ve screamed while running before sunrise… My neighbors must love me!
- Friday: 3 miles @ 10:03. Another morning run with my friend Laura! I will happily wake up early every day if it means getting to see a beautiful sunrise like I did on this morning. We just did a nice and easy 3 miler since we had planned to do a long run with our group the next day.
- Saturday: 14 miles @ 10:30. One of the best decisions I made this summer was starting a running group with some amazing ladies. We’ve been doing long runs together on the weekends for a few months now and it’s so much fun. On this day we met at 6 a.m. (so early for a Saturday!) and ran out and back along a paved path. Two of my friends are pregnant and weren’t running as far, so they turned around at 5.5 miles to finish with 11 miles. I went ahead with two other friends and we ended up running 14. It felt awesome and went by pretty quickly, although I did start to really feel it toward the end. I am not surprised by that though, because I’m starting to get into distances I haven’t run since my marathon in March!
- Sunday: 3 miles @ 9:29. I celebrated Day 100 by finally making it to Body Pump (that is truly a miracle!) and then going on a family run on one of our favorite local running paths. It was very hot but I always love running with my boys 🙂
- Monday: 4 miles @ 7:58. I finished off the streak with a bang! 4 miles of speedwork at the track with my boys. My workout was a warm up, then 3 x 1200 meters (.75 mile repeats) with 400 meters slow recovery running in between. I was aiming for each repeat to be between 5:17 – 5:37 (7:05 – 7:32 pace). It was hot and very sunny but I pushed hard and my splits were 5:19, 5:18, and 5:17! I was so proud to end my running streak in a strong way.
- Total Miles This Week: 38
- Total Miles: 407
- Total Days Streaking: 101
Kevin’s Miles (8/25 – 9/1)
- Monday: 2 miles @ 8:19
- Tuesday: 1 mile @ 6:25 (I was hungry and dinner was ready!)
- Wednesday: 3 miles @ 8:28
- Thursday: 1 mile @ ? (No Garmin)
- Friday: 2 miles @ 8:55
- Saturday: 1 mile @ ? (No Garmin)
- Sunday: 3 miles @ 9:29 (Family run)
- Monday: 2 miles @ ? (At the track- Katie had the Garmin)
- Total Miles This Week: 15
- Total Miles: 191.3
- Total Days Streaking: 100
From Kevin: I am very happy I did the streak. I lost 20 pounds and built my running base up to where I wanted it to be. It was challenging at times when my legs felt so tired and it was hot, but I kept thinking of my motivators like Anna- who ran more in a week than I did in 100 days! It feels good to let my legs rest now!
Part of me is sad to break the streak, but I have other goals I want to accomplish now, like getting back to more consistent strength training. I also want to start doing more speedwork and tempo runs, since I kept my runs at an easy pace all summer long. Kevin and I both agreed we would do another streak someday. We obviously have to beat our record now! 🙂 It’s been an amazing journey and I’m very proud of not only myself and Kevin, but also my friend Chanda who did it with us! It really is true, every day is a good day when you run!
Another great week. 4 runs with friends, another amazing (and spontaneous) race, and my last week of summer break. Read on for details!
Katie’s Miles (8/18 – 8/24)
- Monday: 3.5 miles @ 8:30 pace. I wasn’t sure how my usual Monday morning track date would go since I really pushed myself in the Hartwood 10 miler the day before. I normally wouldn’t do two harder speed workouts back-to-back but it was my last “Mommy Monday” with Gina before going back to work next week and I didn’t want to miss it! I got there earlier than Gina so I started by running a little over 2 recovery miles to warm up and loosen up my legs. Once she got there we did our sprints- running fast on the straight sides of the track and walking the curves. We were so caught up in conversation that we lost count of how many we had done, so we think we ended up doing more than usual, but that’s okay! It felt great to spend time with her and sweat it out on the track. I’m really going to miss our weekly dates when school starts next week!
- Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:55. The best kind of running buddy is one who convinces you to spontaneously sign up for a half marathon that’s in 4 days! The funny part is I was already secretly thinking about it. My husband said when Laura (my running buddy) isn’t pregnant anymore we are going to be trouble. Our race PRs are very close, we love to push ourselves and she’s pretty much as crazy as I am. Bonus: she lives right down the street! We had a great run that went by fast with our half marathon planning. I finished the run really excited for the race!
- Wednesday: 2 miles @ 9:43 pace. I was looking forward to running with my hubby and little Kev in the stroller but as soon as he got home from work it started pouring rain with thunder and lightning We went ahead and ate dinner, put Kevin to bed and by that point it had cleared up so my hubby went out for a quick mile. I left once he got back. It was SUPER humid and I did see one lightning strike which freaked me out, but I got my run in! I planned to take it easy the rest of the week and only run 1-2 miles a day since I decided to do the half marathon at the last minute. I really wanted to do well in it and I pushed myself in the 10 miler a few days before, so I wanted to make sure my legs are ready… well, as ready as they can be after running for almost 100 days straight!
- Thursday: 2 miles @ 10:11. If it weren’t for my running buddy I definitely wouldn’t have gotten up this morning! After running late the night before I couldn’t fall asleep (that always happens to me!), and then right when I was about to Kevin woke up crying from a bad coughing fit. It took forever to calm him down and he ended up in our bed ninja kicking us. Eventually my husband got him back in his own crib and we were finally able to sleep around 1 a.m. Alarm went off at 5:30. Wahhh! Laura and I ran an easy and slow 2 miles since we had our half marathon in a few days. I also had a pretty nasty blister on my left foot that I needed to hurry up and heal before the race!
- Friday: I just did one mile today before my race to keep the streak going. The good news was that my blister was feeling so much better!
- Saturday: 13.1 miles @ 8:36. Wow! This was a great race, but a tough one for me. I finished feeling super proud. Full recap is here.
- Sunday: 2.4 miles @ 9:26. Little Kev was up bright and early at 5:30 AM so I got my run in while everyone in my neighborhood was still sleeping. It was a ghost town out there but I liked the peace and quiet. It was a cooler morning with nice breeze, which felt great! I wore my shirt from the race yesterday and did 2.4 easy recovery miles. Had to do the extra .4 to round up to the next whole number (OCD), bringing my mileage for the week to 28.
- Total Miles This Week: 28
- Total Miles So Far: 369
- Total Days Streaking: 93
Kevin’s Miles (8/18 – 8/24)
- Monday: 2 miles @ 8:23 (Team RWB group run)
- Tuesday: 2 miles @ 8:35
- Wednesday: 1 mile @ ? (Didn’t take the Garmin)
- Thursday: 2 miles @ 8:00
- Friday: 2 miles @ 8:26
- Saturday: 3 miles @ ? (Didn’t take the Garmin)
- Sunday: 1 mile @ 9:26
- Total Miles This Week: 13
- Total Miles So Far: 176.3
- Total Days Streaking: 92
Monday’s group run with Team RWB
From Kevin: After last week which was tough, it was time to step up my game and increase my mileage a little bit. I did a lot of runs with the stroller and felt really good so I pushed myself at the same time. Right now I’m trying to decide if I want to keep streaking or if I want to start following a different type of training plan- or both.
Saturday’s run with my boy
The end of week 13 is definitely bittersweet. It marks the end of my summer and the beginning of a new school year, since I went back to work full-time this past Monday. This means it’s going to be tougher to fit my runs in with my commute and daycare drop off/pick up but I just need to make them happen! Can’t stop streaking now!
I am so happy to report that week 12 was SO MUCH BETTER than week 11. I still had a couple runs that were difficult, but for the most part I felt back to my old self after my sickness. I was also able to run with other people almost every day, and finished the week off with a surprise PR at one of my favorite local races!
Katie’s Miles (8/11 – 8/17)
- Monday: 2 miles @ 9:18. I still wasn’t feeling 100% after being sick all weekend but wanted to get out and join the Team RWB group run with my husband and friends Chanda and James. The guys took the strollers and I ran 2 miles with Chanda. I wanted to take it easy plus it was raining so we kept it short and sweet. Afterwards we watched the kids play together in the rain, which is just something all kids should do! It was a nice evening that took my mind off still feeling a bit sick!
- Tuesday: 1 mile @ 10:07. There were thunderstorms in the forecast all day along with heavy rain, so I knew I had to get out early if I was going to run. It was still raining but not too much, and I only did 1 mile because my knee started to ache a little after my run the day before. I wanted to play it safe and take it easy and slow. On the positive side, I was starting to feel better and recover from my never ending stomach bug! Woo hoo!
- Wednesday: 5 miles @ 10:07. I woke up on Wednesday morning feeling like myself again! I was excited because I had a running date with my friend Laura in the evening. We ran 5 pretty hilly miles and I tried to keep up with her while we had girl talk the whole time (did I mention she’s pregnant and almost at the halfway point? She is awesome!) The miles flew by and before I knew it we were done. I’m so happy to have a running buddy that lives in my neighborhood! Oh, and my knee felt fine too!
- Thursday: 3 miles @ ?. I made a lot of rookie mistakes during this run. #1: I chose to sleep instead of getting my butt out of bed to run in the morning, telling myself I would just go later. #2: I helped a friend paint her apartment all day and drank hardly any water. #3: We ate Mexican food for lunch. Note to self- this is NEVER a good idea before a run. Ever. #4: I went out to run during the hottest time of day with no cloud cover whatsoever, and #5: I chose the stupidest most hilly route in my neighborhood just to make an already hard run even harder. I didn’t even record my time because it wasn’t really the truth, due to how many times I stopped my watch to walk or answer the phone when Kevin called. I actually stopped right before mile 2 and talked to him on the side of the road for like 10 minutes. Haha. I was so unmotivated. The point of this long post is that I know better, and I need to make sure I DO BETTER!!!
- Friday: 4 miles @ 10:10. So much better than the day before! I got up before sunrise to run with my friend Laura again before she had to go to work. When I got out there I realized it’s been a long time since I ran in the dark since I have been off all summer! Luckily it was only dark for a little bit before the sun started coming up. It was a picture perfect morning, cool and breezy and Laura said it smelled like fall, which I LOVE! We did 3 miles together and I did a little more on my own. So happy to have had a good run after my tough one the day before!
- Saturday: 2 miles @ 9:50. The fam ran with Team RWB at their new location by our house again. We knew we just wanted to do a short and easy run since I had my 10 mile race the next day. I ran with Kevin and the stroller and we just enjoyed each other’s company on a beautiful Saturday morning.
- Sunday: 10 miles @ 8:04. Amazing day, amazing race! Read my full recap here.
- Total Miles This Week: 27
- Total Miles So Far: 341
- Total Days Streaking: 86
Kevin’s Miles (8/11 – 8/17)
- Monday: 1 mile @ ?
- Tuesday: 1 mile @ 9:30
- Wednesday: 2 miles @ ?
- Thursday: 1 mile @ 7:37
- Friday: 2 miles @ ?
- Saturday: 2 miles @ 9:50
- Sunday: 1 mile @ ?
- Total Miles This Week: 10
- Total Miles So Far: 163.3
- Total Days Streaking: 85
From Kevin: I had a tough week. I decided to cut back on mileage a little bit because my body was feeling sore and I had a lot going on. I didn’t wear the Garmin a lot because I just wanted to run and not care about my time. I did familiar routes so I knew what mileage I was running. This week I hope to get myself back up to where I was running before. Katie and I signed up for a 5K in September so that is motivating me now.
That wraps up week 12! One of the most exciting parts of this week was that we got a little glimpse of fall weather, which I cannot WAIT for. There is nothing better than running in the fall in my opinion. Bring it on!!!
Week 11 was probably the most challenging week for me so far in this journey for many reasons. The baby got sick, I didn’t sleep well, then I traveled home to Pennsylvania. My husband wasn’t there with me during the week which meant I had to get creative with how I fit in my runs while also being with my son full-time. I was also hit with one of the worst stomach bugs on Saturday that lasted the rest of the weekend. I had decided to break my streak at that point, but somehow I pulled a mile out of me late Sunday night and didn’t! Read on for details.
Katie’s Miles (8/4 – 8/10)
- Monday: 3 miles @ 8:33. I know I say it every week, but I am loving my Monday morning dates with my friend Gina at the track. I didn’t sleep well the night before but I knew running with her would make me feel better, and it did! On this day we did sprints, ran the bleacher stairs, and did two Tabata rounds that included bench step-ups, mountain climbers, tricep dips and more. I ended up running a little more to make it to 3 miles for the day. Really going to miss this when I go back to school at the end of the month!
- Tuesday: 3 miles @ 9:37. Another very sleepy day for me. Monday was super busy and long, and I couldn’t wait to get a good night’s sleep that night. Right as I was going to bed I walked by the baby’s room and smelled something horrible. I walked in and saw puke all over his crib, the wall, the carpet, the floor and him. We got him up, gave him a bath and cleaned everything up, but his room still smelled really bad so we brought him into our bed to sleep. He was fine- no fever, and lots of energy, so there wasn’t much sleeping going on for any of us. I didn’t have much energy to run this morning but I knew I would feel better if I did, because I turn into a cranky monster when I’m sleep deprived and was already being a brat to my hubby. I thought I’d do 1, maybe 2 miles, but it felt so good to blow off some steam that I kept going and did 3. I felt MUCH better afterwards and was prepared for another long day… with a nap fit in there 🙂
- Wednesday: 4 miles @ 9:22. Summer weather is back! The cool temps and low humidity were nice while they lasted. I took the difficult uphill route on the way out and was pretty much struggling the whole time until I turned around. Once I finally did I was able to see a beautiful sunrise and enjoy the nice view going downhill. So glad I stuck it out and did the entire 4 miles I had planned. After this run we packed up and headed to Pennsylvania!
- Thursday: 2 miles @ 9:37. This day was a crazy one! I started by running 2 miles with the stroller around a park that has a paved loop. This would have been a good idea except there was a playground there, and every time we passed it Kevin would scream, “Out! Go play! All done!” So after hearing that about 6 times I stopped at 2 miles and let him play. After our run we spent the day at Dutch Wonderland with friends- Kevin’s first amusement and water park experience! It was awesome and exhausting, but our day didn’t end there! We got home, are a quick dinner and met my two best friends for a walk around the neighborhood. Whew!! Needless to say we both slept well that night.
- Friday: 5 miles @ 9:14. After yesterday’s craziness little Kev and I both slept in and enjoyed a lazy morning. We eventually ventured out so I could get coffee and then we went to nearby playground. When we got home I put him down for a nap and hit my dad’s treadmill. I don’t usually like treadmills but with my dad and sister both at work and my husband not with us, it was the best way for me to fit my run in today- especially because I really didn’t want to run with the stroller! It helped that I was able to watch the episode of Big Brother that I missed the night before while I ran. It was so entertaining that I didn’t even notice the miles ticking away.
- Saturday: 3 miles @ 9:15. I was so happy on Saturday morning’s run because my hubby finally joined us in Pennsylvania! We took little Kev to his favorite tot lot playground and then took turns running around that area, because it’s hard to find stroller friendly places to run around here. I LOVE running in my hometown though. It brings back so many memories and makes me happy. Unfortunately later this day the stomach bug from hell hit, which actually caused me to make Kevin pull over while driving so I could throw up on the side of the road… that’s a first. It was all downhill from there for the rest of the day and night 😦
- Sunday: 1 mile @ 9:55. My toughest day yet. Obviously this is not the 12 mile long run I had planned, but considering I had decided to break my running streak due to my sickness the day before I’m thankful to have gotten 1 mile in! I woke up in the morning feeling a little better but was still nauseous on and off and felt weak from not having any food in my body and being dehydrated. I spent the whole day taking it easy and relaxing by my friend’s pool, making sure to hydrate and try to eat, then we drove back to Virginia. I had pretty much decided I was not going to run but since I hadn’t thrown up at all that day and was feeling better I went out for 1 mile. Definitely the hardest mile I’ve run in a long time but I did it slow and steady and got it done. The weirdest part is I actually felt the best I did all day afterwards?! Let the streak continue!
- Total Miles This Week: 21 (my lowest mileage in 12 weeks… must bring that up next week!)
- Total Miles So Far: 314
- Total Days Streaking: 79
Love running in my hometown!
Kevin’s Miles (8/4 – 8/10)
- Monday: 3 miles @ ?. (Group run with no watch)
- Tuesday: 1 mile @ 8:40.
- Wednesday: 2 miles @ ?.
- Thursday: 2 miles @ ?.
- Friday: 1 mile @ ?.
- Saturday: 2 miles @ 7:46.
- Sunday: 1 mile @ 8:20.
- Total Miles This Week: 12
- Total Miles So Far: 153.3
- Total Days Streaking: 78
Running with Team RWB!
From Kevin: I don’t have a lot of times for my runs this week because Katie had the Garmin with her in Pennsylvania. I know different 1 and 2 mile routes around my house really well by now so I just go out and run them and don’t worry about my time. I did get to run with Team RWB again on Monday evening, which is always great!
My goal for this upcoming week is just to feel better! That won’t be too hard to do because it’s pretty much all up from here :). I have a lot of runs planned with friends, including a local 10 miler that I’m doing again this year. I’m excited for a brand new week!
I can’t believe we have been streaking for 10 weeks! That seems like so long! This week was awesome because I got to do 4 of my runs with other people. After training solo for a year and a half, it feels so good to run socially again. I hope I can continue into the fall, I love my running buddies!!!
Katie’s Miles (7/28 – 8/3)
- Monday: 3 miles @ ?. I love Mondays at the track with Gina! I did a little running with the stroller, then we did sprints, bench step-ups and a little Tabata while our boys played and collected rocks. Perfect way to kick off a new week!
- Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:19. OMG, it felt absolutely amazing outside this morning! It was cool and breezy with low humidity- am I back in Oregon?! I was loving it! I only wish I had time to run longer, but I had to get back home so Kevin could leave for work. I am really enjoying my summer but this run made me super excited for fall running!
- Wednesday: 5 miles @ 9:51. Long sleeves in July? Yes, it’s true! It was 50 degrees when I left my house… Soooo nice! I ran about a mile to a nearby elementary school to meet my friend Laura, we ran 3 miles together and then I ran back home. I am so happy I found a running buddy who lives so close. She is awesome and the miles fly by when we run together!
- Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:50. Another amazing morning in Northern VA! I got to sleep a little later because Kevin was taking the baby to daycare since I had a work training later that day. I was able to enjoy my coffee and relax a little before heading out to run at 8 a.m. Since it felt so good outside I decided to do a progression run because they are my favorite type of speedwork. My splits were 9:30, 8:55, 8:45, 8:13. It felt really great to be able to have a faster leg turnover after feeling like they’ve been heavy logs all summer due to heat and humidity. I just signed up for a 10 mile race in a few weeks and it will be interesting to see how it goes, since I haven’t been doing much speedwork at at all!
- Friday: 2 miles @ 9:17. Just an easy 2 miles this morning. It took me a really long time to fall asleep the night before, so I wanted to keep it short and sweet. Plus I knew I had my long run the next day and had already ran quite a bit (for me) so far this week. It was raining lightly outside, which felt good because it was also very humid.
- Saturday: 10 miles @ 10:11. What a great morning! I ran 10 miles with my Chanda and a few with Laura too, who turned around before us because she had a busy day ahead. There was rain in the forecast but it held out and we both ended up feeling awesome, even despite the many hills we ran. Afterwards Chanda and I met up with our hubbies at the Team RWB group run. Team RWB (Red, White & Blue) is a running group that consists of of veterans, active duty personnel and civilians that supports and connects veterans and the community. My husband is former military and Chanda’s husband James is active duty, and they both joined the group a couple months ago. We’ve gone to a few of their group runs and really enjoy them! They just started a new weekly run near our house, so it ended up being perfect. Our hubbies ran together while we walked another mile and a half or so with the strollers. Love starting the weekend in a fun and active way!
- Sunday: 2 miles @ 8:11. This was a speedy one! We had a lazy Sunday morning and once we finally got out to run the sky was dark and stormy looking, my Garmin was dead and my phone was at 9% battery. So Kevin, little Kev and I went to a nearby elementary school and ran 1 mile out as fast as we could (mostly uphill!) using Map My Run, then came back. Somehow my phone didn’t die on me and it didn’t rain on us either! My husband pushed the stroller and I could still barely keep up with his fast pace. Our splits were 8:41 & 7:42. He’s amazing! We even had time to let little Kev play at the playground once we were done. Nothing like some spontaneous speedwork!
- Total Miles This Week: 30
- Total Miles So Far: 293
- Total Days Streaking: 72
Kevin’s Miles (7/28 – 8/3)
- Monday: 1 mile @ 7:11.
- Tuesday: 2 miles @ 8:20
- Wednesday: 2 miles @ 7:21.
- Thursday: 2 miles @ 7:46
- Friday: 1 mile @ 8:53
- Saturday: 4 miles @ 10:04
- Sunday: 2 miles @ 8:11
- Total Miles This Week: 14
- Total Miles So Far: 141.3
- Total Days Streaking: 71
From Kevin: I had a great week of running. Even though I had to do some of my runs at night, it was a nice week for weather in Northern VA. My Saturday group run with Team RWB was fun. I liked that they met in a new spot that was close to home, and I really enjoyed running with my friend James that day.
Team RWB Group Run
Only 3 more weeks until my summer comes to a close. It’s been an amazing one, and I’ve been so busy trying to make the most of it that I have barely had time to blog, except for these weekly updates. I have 5 posts on my list to write, I just need to find the time to do it! Life is crazy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Beautiful morning in Virginia
Ahhh! I am so behind on my run streak recaps! Kevin and are both still streaking, but we were on vacation on the west coast last week. Anyone with a toddler knows that vacations are pretty much the opposite of relaxing, so I didn’t have any time to blog while I was there. I had an amazing time and have so much to share, which I will do in a separate post later this week. But first, here’s my recap of week 8 and 9 of our running streak! Brace yourself, this is a long one!
Katie’s Miles (7/14 – 7/20)
- Monday: 2 miles @ ?. I met my friend Gina for sprints at the track again! I ran a couple laps before she got there, then we sprinted the long sides and walked the short sides. After that we did some killer bench step-ups and the first 3 tracks of the new CXWorx release so she could practice for the launch the next day- love having a fitness instructor as a friend and workout buddy 🙂 While we were working out our boys played in the middle of the track. It was a great and very sweaty morning!
- Tuesday: 3 miles @ 9:31. Kevin warned me when I got in from my run that it was super humid out and he wasn’t kidding. Wow, this run was tough! I felt like I was running through the thickest air. Afterwards I was very much looking forward to going to Oregon on Thursday and running where it’s cooler and much less humid!
- Wednesday: 3 miles @ 8:55. We were flying to Oregon early the next day so I spent all day running errands and packing. I didn’t get out to run until after 5 p.m. and I was expecting it to be tough, but it was actually amazing outside! Even though it was warm out the humidity was only 48% and I could actually run semi-fast again! I was so happy- what a nice gift 🙂
- Thursday: 1 mile @ 10:07. Wow you guys. We almost broke the streak today. We woke up at 2:30 a.m. and caught a super early flight out of DC to San Francisco, and then another flight to Portland, Oregon. It was a long day, and flying with an almost 2 year old made it 1000x more difficult. On the way to our hotel we stopped to see my aunt at her house, and by the time we got to where we were staying it was 3:30 (6:30 eastern time), we were exhausted and starving. But we headed out to do just 1 mile for the streak and it was the hardest mile I have run in a LONG time. It was super slow but we got it done. I couldn’t wait to get some rest and get out again the next day when I could actually enjoy it!
- Friday: 5 miles @ 10:04. One of my favorite runs so far in the streak! I ran 5 miles along the path that goes along the river and across the bridges in Portland with my sister. It felt amazing outside, temperatures in the low 60s with no humidity- pretty much perfect! The views were beautiful and the miles flew by pretty effortlessly.
- Saturday: 11 miles @ 9:33. Another great one. I left the hotel at 6:30 a.m. to do a long run and didn’t really know how long I would go, I just wanted to do at least 8 miles. One of my favorite parts of traveling is exploring new places by running, so I just kept going and before I knew it I was at 11 miles! One of the coolest parts of Portland is how you can go from the city straight into nature in no time. I feel like I got my own special tour today.
- Sunday: 5 miles @ 9:35. After attending my cousin’s beautiful wedding the night before, I wasn’t sure how much I would feel like running the next morning. I went out thinking I would do 2 or 3 but running just felt so easy in Portland! I ended up doing 5 easy miles and took a bunch of photo breaks to help me document and remember my time here. The next day we were headed to Bend, Oregon (probably my favorite place in the U.S.) for the second part of our trip and I couldn’t wait!
- Total Miles This Week: 30
- Total Miles So Far: 236
- Total Days Streaking: 58
Kevin’s Miles (7/14 – 7/20)
- Monday: 1 mile @ 8:04.
- Tuesday: 2 miles @ 8:40.
- Wednesday: 2 miles @ 7:18.
- Thursday: 1 mile @ 10:07. (Traveled to Oregon)
- Friday: 3 miles @ 8:42.
- Saturday: 3 miles @ 9:48.
- Sunday: 1 mile @ 9:10.
- Total Miles This Week: 13
- Total Miles So Far: 110.8
- Total Days Streaking: 57
Rather that write about each of my runs (because they’re so short they aren’t really memorable most of the time), I am going to write a few sentences about my week in general. It was really great to be able to go to a different place and run after always running in the same place over and over again. It was fun running in the city but I especially liked being by the water where I could zone out and not worry about traffic lights.
Katie’s Miles (7/21 – 7/27)
- Monday: 3 miles @ 9:29. Bend, Oregon is one of my favorite places ever! Although it’s harder to run there due to being at 4,000 feet elevation, the scenery just can’t be beat! It just doesn’t get more beautiful than this. I was so happy to be able to run there for a few days.
- Tuesday: 2 miles @ 9:32. This is reason #273846 why I love Bend. On a random Tuesday night they had a “Float Run” event, where we were going to run from the local running store to the river, floated down it on rafts, then had root beer & Deschutes brewery Black Butte Porter floats. Unfortunately it was raining with some lightning so we couldn’t float down the river, but Kevin, my sister and I still did our run and had ice cream floats. It was so much fun!!!
- Wednesday: 6 miles @ 9:10. I had been itching to get out for a longer morning run since we got to Bend, and I was finally able to on this day! It was a beautiful and cool morning, and I ran from my aunt’s house down to the river trail and came back. It was a LOT of uphill on the way back but I felt surprisingly good. I didn’t feel as out of breath due to the altitude as I did on my last few runs. On this run I decided we need to move here :).
- Thursday: 3 miles @ 9:14. was a lot of fun! The whole family wanted to walk on the river trail, so my sister, husband and I decided to run and meet them there. It was about 2.5 miles from my aunt and uncle’s house, but I went a little farther to make it 3. After the run we did a 3 mile walking loop on the trail alongside the beautiful Deschutes River. It felt great to do something active with the entire family!
- Friday: 2 miles @ 8:43. I only had time for a quick run before we left for the airport early that day to go back to Virginia. It was a beautiful, crisp and clear morning- only 44 degrees which actually felt amazing! I ran around my aunt and uncle’s neighborhood and took in one of my favorite views- the river that runs behind their house. I wish I had more time to run on our last day. Really going to miss the beautiful state of Oregon and all of my family that lives here!
- Saturday: 2 miles @ 9:39. Hello Virginia and all of your heat and humidity! Really did not miss that while I was on the west coast! After more than 15 hours of traveling that included a 4 hour car ride and 2 flights we finally got home at 2 am Saturday morning. Needless to say we are all exhausted the rest of the day! A slow 2 miler was all we could handle, and was definitely enough!
- Sunday: 9 miles @ 10:39. I had a long run with my running group planned this morning and then woke up to heavy rain. There was a thunderstorm in the forecast, so we pushed our start time back a little bit. That was a good choice because when we got started the rain had stopped and it ended up being a great run! Kevin came and did 4 with Kev in the stroller, one of my friends cut the loop we were running a little short and did 7, and I ran 9 with another friend. It felt good to be with my running buddies and helped me not notice the humidity as much 🙂
- Total Miles This Week: 27
- Total Miles So Far: 263
- Total Days Streaking: 65
Kevin’s Miles (7/21 – 7/27)
- Monday: 2 miles @ 8:40.
- Tuesday: 2 miles @ 9:34. (Float run!!!)
- Wednesday: 3 miles @ 9:37.
- Thursday: 2.5 miles @ 9:15.
- Friday: 1 mile @ 7:51.
- Saturday: 2 miles @ 9:40.
- Sunday: 4 miles @ ?. (Ran back after running 2 miles with Katie and her girls and she had the Garmin).
- Total Miles This Week: 16.5
- Total Miles So Far: 127.3
- Total Days Streaking: 64
It was fun running in Bend, another new place. It was quiet, amazing weather and I got to do things like run and drink beer floats afterwards. Then I got sad because I had to come back to this hot hellhole. Boo!
And that wraps up week 8 & 9! I’m excited for this week because I have 3 runs planned with friends! I am seriously LOVING running with other people lately. It makes me happy 🙂 Onto week 10! Hard to believe we are entering double digits!
I have officially changed the name of these posts from Runner’s World Run Streak recaps to just Run Streak recaps, since the Runner’s World challenge is officially over. Kevin and I will be keeping up the streak until hopefully Labor Day, and I will continue to write weekly updates to document our runs. Here is a recap of how my week went, followed by Kevin’s account of his week.
Katie’s Miles (7/7 – 7/13)
- Monday: 2 miles @ 9:09. I was supposed to have a date at the track with my friend Gina again this morning, but we didn’t get home from the beach until close to 1 a.m. due to traffic (ugh!). I was exhausted and just couldn’t bring myself to wake the baby up early to take him to the track and force myself through a tough workout. Instead we took it easy all day and rested and I ran 2 quick miles in the evening after dinner. Despite having some bad heartburn from my black bean tacos it was a good run, and I felt great in my new shirt from Old Navy (see above photo!).
- Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:11. I went out in the morning not knowing how far I was going to run, and after a minute or so I figured it would be another short one because I felt pretty stiff and tired. Eventually I got into a good groove and the rest of the run felt awesome. It felt nice outside with lower humidity and some breeze. I ended up doing 4 miles and came home to a delicious smoothie that Kevin had made for me 🙂 Great morning!
- Wednesday: 4 miles @ 9:23. I didn’t have time to run in the morning because I had to leave the house super early for a work training. The baby was at daycare so I ran after my training was over before I picked him up. It was about 90 degrees (!!), but it actually didn’t feel terrible until I turned around at the 2 mile mark. At that point I was wishing I had turned around at 1.5 and just done 3 miles! I ended up walking twice during the second half but left my watch going while I did. I really do believe that taking walking breaks can make you faster overall, especially in the summer. I felt better once I walked for a minute or so and was able to pick it up again afterwards more easily. I was very happy to be done once I hit 4 miles!
- Thursday: 5 miles @ 9:22. What a perfect morning for running. Cooler, breezy and lower humidity than we have been having here. It felt so good that I decided to go a little farther than I have been during my weekday runs. It was a beautiful route, and I felt strong on the (many) hills. Lots of other friendly runners out this morning too. Great way to start the day!
- Friday: 3 miles @ 9:16. I am getting spoiled with this beautiful mornings! Again, it was cooler with lower humidity and I felt great. I usually take a short wooded trail that takes me from my neighborhood to a commuter lot and the main road when I run, but the day before I was walking with little Kev and a snake slithered right in front of us on the trail! I got really scared, picked up Kev and ran. So needless to say, I wanted to do a different route this morning. The way I went was definitely more hilly but I felt strong on the hills again. So happy my body seems to be acclimating more to the summer weather!
- Saturday: 12 miles @ 10:28. This was a special day for a couple reasons. #1, it was day 50 of my streak! #2, I had an amazing run with some wonderful people. I ran with Amanda and two new friends that I met through a local mommy running group, and we did 10 miles together in the shaded, beautiful Fredericksburg Battlefield. We talked the entire time and the miles really flew by, except toward the end when I REALLY had to pee. The only drawback to running in the battlefield is that there are no bathrooms nearby! Once I finished with the ladies I went in the woods to pee (LOL) then I met my boys who were also there with my husband’s running group. It worked out perfectly, and I was able to meet them as Kevin was finishing his run. I ended up doing 2 more miles, bringing me to 12 miles for the day. Then I went home and we all napped for 2 hours. Perfection!
- Sunday: 2 miles @ 9:23. Whew, it was hot out there on this day! I ran to the gym to take Body Pump and then back home, a mile each way. It was my first time doing Body Pump 90 and WOW. My whole body was shaking at the end. It was tough but I loved it!
- Total Miles This Week: 32
- Total Miles So Far: 206
- Total Days Streaking: 51
View on Thursday’s run!
Kevin’s Miles (7/7 – 7/13)
- Monday: 1 mile @ 8:56. This was the day after we got home late from our vacation and I couldn’t get up in the morning to run after only a few hours of sleep. Running in the evening in the summer really sucks, but I did it anyway because I wanted to get back on track.
- Tuesday: 2 miles @ 8:24. Back to running in the morning and it felt great!
- Wednesday: 2 miles @ 8:49. I waited until after dinner to run and all I could do was taste my dinner. Kinda made me feel like I wanted to throw up. You’d think I would have learned my lesson from Monday’s evening run but I didn’t.
- Thursday: 2 miles @ 8:50. Another nice morning.
- Friday: 2 miles @ 8:35. It felt good outside this morning, but I’m getting ready for some new routes. I keep going back to the same ones because they’re easy and I can just walk out the door and run, but it’s getting boring!
- Saturday: 5 miles @ ?. I ran with my running group at the Battlefield and pushed Kev in the stroller. This was the farthest distance I have pushed him in a while and it was tough but good. Katie had the Garmin so I don’t know how long it took me. I just asked someone in my group to let me know when we hit mile 2.5 and then I turned around.
- Sunday: 2 miles @ 8:10. Quick 2 miles to end my weekend. I did it after Katie got back from Body Pump and it was pretty hot mid-morning.
- Total Miles This Week: 16
- Total Miles So Far: 97.8
- Total Days Streaking: 50
Next week will be exciting, because we’ll be traveling to the west coast! We will be in Oregon to see family and attend my cousin’s wedding. Oregon is probably my favorite place to run and I can’t wait! We’ll be in Portland for about 4 days and then Bend for 4 days, so if anyone has any running recommendations for those areas let me know.