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Meeting my Goals Part 1: Run Across America!

Friday, January 04, 2013

I am tracking this particular goal on a separate website, that all of you runners should check out!

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I had wanted to get out of Virginia by my 30th. It took me longer to build up distance than I thought it would, and I was not meeting my goals from Thanksgiving until New Years, I kept running and adding up miles. And in 2012 (from July 4, when I started running, until New Years Eve), I managed to log 102 miles!

Not bad for a new runner!

To get out of Virginia and into Kentucky appears to be somewhere around 550 miles...so I still have about 450 miles to go. Running 450 miles in the 10 weeks before my 30th = 45 miles/week.

Yeah....I'm tough, but I'm not that tough! Plus, I'm sure that I won't be able to run the same distances I did prior to Thanksgiving for at least a couple of weeks -- I'm out of shape and 10 pounds heavier!

So my long-term goal remains the same: I WILL run across America! But my short-term goal has been amended. I will make it out of Virginia and into Kentucky by New Years Eve 2013. And I will make it out of Kentucky AND Illinois and into Missouri by New Years Eve 2014!

And if I finish up early? Well, we'll have to see if I can do it! I would imagine I'll be upping my weekly goals as soon as the weather improves, but you never know what the future holds. Especially when it comes to Indiana weather....

I'm a statistics kind of person, so here is how my running broke down, month-to-month, from July to December. When you notice the pattern, remember that I ran my first 5K at the end of July, my 10K the first weekend in October, and the second 5K the first weekend in December!

July - 22.3
August - 13.9
September - 23.8
October - 11.2
November - 24.4
December - 6.4

NOTE TO SELF: to succeed as a runner, you need to do two things. 1. Don't take a week (or more) off after every race you run. And 2. Those long weekend runs have really helped, but you don't run much at all during the week! Try to run at least a couple of miles 2-3 days during the weekend, and see how much it boosts your numbers!
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OUBACHE 1/9/2013 8:24AM

    This sounds like fun! I've already been checking websites for the dates of races I'd like to run in 2013 and adding them to my calendar. I'm with you -- statistics help keep me motivated.

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BRADMILL2922 1/7/2013 12:02AM

    You have set some good goals and that is a great way to track them that I had never seen/heard of before. Really cool way to track all of your miles! Good luck with getting out of Virginia and making your way to Kentucky! I know our Indiana weather can be really challenging this time of year so stay warm!

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MLH148 1/6/2013 7:48PM

    Best wishes on getting out of VA. Good insights!

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JBELICIOUS5 1/6/2013 6:05PM

    That's awesome! I hope you meet your goals ( emoticon ). I'm also a numbers/statistics girl, so I totally get it!

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FRENCHIFAL 1/6/2013 9:50AM

    Haha, thanks so much! I didn't meet my 15 miles/week goal this week, but I'm also just getting back in shape. By the last week in January, I plan to be at a steady 15+ per week, and then I'll start really making progress!

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SHARJOPAUL 1/5/2013 10:50AM

    Gee push yourself a little and you can spend New Years Eve 2014 with me. I'm on the west side of Missouri.

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EASTENDCLAM 1/4/2013 5:48PM

    Maybe you should award yourself bonus miles as trail running has got to be exponentially tougher than a road.

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FLEURGARDEN 1/4/2013 2:44PM

    Glad to have another person on the trail! Virginia is the longest state on the route, so it seems like it takes forever to cross into Kentucky, but keep plugging away and you'll get there! I just crossed the Mississippi River from Illinois and into Missouri on New Year's Eve.

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CASILAYNE 1/4/2013 2:41PM

    Well done!

LOVE your note to self...I need to note those myself as well :)

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