SOARING! So you’re wondering what is the significance of the Boeing 737 in this running blog, right? Well, my running mileage year-to-date just reached 737 today, eclipsing last year’s running mileage of 734 (I was hoping this would occur in June but it still feels great to smash that number). How long can I stay aloft? Can I still reach the 2,013 mile goal for the year? Will I have to aim at 1,500 miles first? Sometimes this year it has seemed like I have been flying (not necessarily on autopilot like the plane above but flying nonetheless) when running compared to last year. I know I have a lot more support this year from the running groups in which I participate. I also have the added motivation of losing weight, killing fat, and lowering my cholesterol. I still can’t believe I ran more than 55 miles last week on vacation but for me, RUNNING=RELAXATION. Unfortunately, that week left my hip a little less relaxed. Have I finally figured out how to find, reach, or tap my second wind? (Second wind will be a topic of a future post that my sister requested.) Do I have a third wind (or third gear) while running? Sometimes, maybe.
This is the dreaded “taper week” (3 days off running M-W-F) and a mere 10 miles or so running before Saturday’s 5K race. After this race, it’s back off to the races in running mileage. I have an online mileage race that ends in mid-August that it appears I may win after all–my previous run streak allowed me to surge into the lead (this after someone jokingly entered a 20,000 mile run just to retake the lead and to make everyone laugh!). I have a running challenge going through the end of July that has pushed me, too, in good ways to try harder to boost mileage in the summer.
Do you know about #RunChat on Twitter? Well, I’ve decided to become a “Runbassador” for RunChat. What does this mean? An ambassador for running and wellness, advancing the cause of running through using the #RunChat hashtag at Twitter and trying to boost participation in RunChat on Twitter (usually held on Sunday evenings-RunChat tweets are tweeted at all times though but higher volume during the official RunChats). We get free stickers and tattoos to wear, distribute, and use as Runbassadors. Do you want some? They may look like this:
Hope to enjoy this new role as I find I am using the #RunChat hashtag on Twitter more and more. This has helped me make connections with other runners/bloggers I did not already know, leading to new friendships, relationships, and cooperative, supportive virtual running.
Have a good rest of the week and happy running y’all! -Jeremy