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2 Apr

I wish this was about an Usher song. It’s not.

I, Shannon, did not run 100 miles as I challenged myself to do at the beginning of April. I wanted to post this yesterday, but I didn’t want people to think I was April Foolin.

When I blog about something, suddenly I’m responsible for it. Same with saying things out loud (perhaps our politicians need to learn this too). Call Me Shannon was holding me responsible for finishing those 100 miles. I wrote about it, it was real.

I made it about halfway. Actually, I ran 59 miles in 22 days.

It’s not bad, nothing to be ashamed of, but I didn’t reach my goal. And I don’t like that.

On March 19, after running a four miler (and a six the day before), my knee felt a little weird. It did the next day too and the day after that, it hurt. Like knives. So I took it easy, thinking a few days off and I’d just run extra hard the last week.

100 miles in march 2013

When the final week of March rolled around, I realized that I would not be running. I talked to a PT at work and she checked it out. She doesn’t think it’s anything serious, but told me to rest and start running shorter distances when the pain goes away. Probably just a sprain.

I’m still not running. Even more frustrating is that I am writing this post and admitting that I’m not running. But I’m nothing if not honest. So you heard it from me, I didn’t make it.

April’s challenge will be writing the final research paper of my Mizzou career. That I will complete this month, even with a bum knee.

100 miles… so far

16 Mar

It’s update time! I told ya’ll a few weeks ago that I would be running 100 miles during March. Here’s the full post for more details.

So far, I’ve run 42 miles. 

A little behind, yes, but it’s still possible. I realize that I need to clock some longer runs in lieu of 3 or 4 milers. So far, I find it manageable to do a few miles each day, but harder to want to do a long run. I’ve always thought a 3 miler was my sweet spot. After that I remember that I’m running and I lose interest. It’s more mental than anything.

Mandy took this photo as I started mile #1 on March 1st. I was looking skeptical, at best. At that moment, I was seriously considering holding off until April.
March 1 RunThe really great thing about this picture, is if I get another one after mile #100, I’ll probably look like I lost 25lbs, thanks to that sweatshirt.

I don’t actually expect to see any weight loss for two reasons. First, I’m eating like a horse. Seriously, I’m hungry all of the time. I’m trying to eat things that my body will like, but I’m far from perfect. Lucky for me, it’s Shamrock Shake time! Second reason, I think I will be a little more toned and defined. Running builds muscle and I would like that as we slowly slip away from tights and boots season.

Along with eating like Mama June, I sleep like one of the past kings of Winterfell (GoT reference, March 31!). Seriously, I’m so ready for bed at 11 and I awake feeling refreshed at 7:05am. It’s the best feeling in the world. Consistent exercise is precious for my sleep schedule.

Just like last year, this challenge is really motivating. It makes me feel accomplished to come home after a run, stretch out and mark my mileage on the calendar. Having Erin, Kalya and my dad as company is also inspiring.

While I run, I’ve listened to a few episodes of This American Life and a whole lot of Super Bass. Like a whole lot. Perhaps there is a playlist post in my future so you will realize that I listen to the least cool music of all time.