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As runners, we are notorious for setting goals, giving us things to shoot for and strive for. To make yourself better and stronger, you need to put goals out there to challenge yourself.
I did that last year when I put out there I wanted to post a 175-mile month. It didn't happen last year, but that did not deter me. I simply put on the list again for 2013.
And then without really striving for it, I FREAKING GOT IT!!!
Funny thing is, I didn't really try for this goal. It wasn't something I set out to do this month, but it just happened.
In January, I posted what was then my highest monthly total at 167.2 miles. Prior to that, I hadn't hit 160 miles before.
This month, I was just logging my miles and following my marathon training plan. On March 17, I noticed I went over the 100-mile mark for the month. I was around 106 miles with two full weeks left in the month. A quick check of my training plan, and I knew the 175-month was in reach.
I kept this to myself. I didn't want to get ahead of things. After all, I was on pace for a 175-mile month before when injury hit. So I did not want to jinx it.
With my 5.35-mile run today, I finished the month off with 187.2 miles - 20 MILES MORE THAN MY PREVIOUS HIGH!
And to add to this craziness, I eclipsed the 500-mile mark for the year already! Currently at 505.6 miles for the year, I'm on pace for 2,000 for the year. Don't think that will happen, but it's a nice thought.
Oh, and to add to the week of milestones, I went over the 4,000-mile more for my running career. Since I started in April of 2010, I've covered 4,020 miles.
Well, just had to share that bit of news.