Sunday, May 01, 2011

May Day Mayday

Despite the lack of regular updates, 2011 on 2011 is progressing forward. I spent almost all of March in Fiji and fell off the healthy living wagon, but jumped right back on when I returned to Virginia in April.

I ran 19 out of 30 days last month, including a 13 day streak towards the end, for a total of 113.4 miles. That's probably the most running I've done in one month since I was 19. Go me.

Keep in mind that I basically had to start over in April. On my first day back from Fiji I struggled to get through 4 miles. The same thing happened the second day. I don't know if it was more from the countless hours sitting cross-legged and drinking grog or if it was not having run for most of March, but my knees screamed at me as I pounded the pavement. For a day or five I wondered if I'd done permanent damage (200 lbs. of pressure on each knee for miles at a time can't be good). I was in such bad shape that it hurt to walk up and down stairs for about a week.

The pain eventually faded as I settled back into my daily runs. My goal for April was to run 150 miles, and I obviously fell short. I'm cool with that, though. I'm four months into this, yet I feel like I'm just getting started. The closer I get to December, the better shape I'll be in. I can make up for all the missed days towards the end of the year. At least so I hope.

As for my weight, I haven't lost any in about a month. I remember in high school we used to say that muscle weighs more than fat. I hope that's what's going on.

I will say that my butt is smaller than it was four months ago. When I reach back and give myself a good scratch, it feels like I'm scratching someone else's butt. It's a little disconcerting.

I'm sure you really wanted to know that.

So I ran 5.5 miles today, bringing my total miles logged for 2011 to 317.9. With 244 days left in the year, I have 1693.1 miles to go before I reach my goal of running 2011 miles in 2011.

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