100 Mile Challenge: Miles 20.29-23.38 – Between Rain Drops

I did another morning run today between rain drops. It was a confidence boosting run as it didn’t begin well and I went out in a bad mood, but it went well and I came back feeling pretty good. My knee hurt for the first quarter mile or so, but I wanted to test it a bit and pushed on. The pain cleared and I ended up running over three miles. We live on the side of a hill and the last half mile is pretty much right up it. There is one particular stretch that has almost a 100 foot elevation game in a quarter mile. It felt good to conquer that since I had been walking that stretch up to now.

Miles Run: 3.09
Time: 35 minutes, 40 seconds
Miles to Go: 76.62
Days to Go: 112
Average Miles Per Day Needed: 0.68
Pounds Lost: 3
Pounds to Go: 32

I accidentally committed myself to doing a virtual 10K run. The problem isn’t the distance…In my mind I have wanted to work my way up to that goal eventually. The problem is that I am suppose to do it by October 3, which I am not sure is possible, but we will see. One of my first thoughts was that it wouldn’t be that difficult if I had my weight under control.

It got me realizing that losing weight will go a long way to helping with running, in general. It may not help me in time for the October 3 deadline, but it certainly will help me with this challenge.

Between last fall and the lockdown I had lost about 30 pounds, Since then, I have been up and down the scale with 15 of those pounds. At the moment, I am at the higher end and I’d really like to lose that weight. So I decided to include that tracking here with the hope it will help motivate me. I don’t anticipate being able to lose an additional 32 pounds by January, but it is a good goal, overall. It is a whole other level of self-discipline, but, despite the setbacks, I have seen some success with it. And I am sure the hills will be easier to climb and my knees will appreciate less weight.

Of course, it is something else for me to bore people with as I ramble on about it in these posts.

Andrea found this challenge online to run 100 miles between now and the end of the year. I have been wanting to run more consistently and have also been wanting to write more often, so I thought it was perfect. I figure I could run and document it here in my blog.

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