Sunday, August 31, 2008

August Summary

i posted this on Running Room's web forum and figured it was worthy of posting here:

As some of you know, i entered the month with the insanely ambitious goal of running 42.2k each and every day. well, things didn't turn out quite so good, but i still managed to cover tons of road through this month. i did manage to complete 42.2k on 11 separate occasions:

Aug 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, and 22

as well as 21.1 k on Aug 4 and 19.

overall, i logged 572.80k, shattering my previous monthly total by more than 45%.

although i think i came close to having a heart attack a few times, and although there were many times i was convinced that i had done serious damage to my knees, overall, i think i escaped this month with no serious injuries.. i walk out of this month with what i hope is better strength, speed, endurance, and muscle tone, despite the drawbacks of taking an estrogen pill every morning, which lead to increased fatigue, exhaustion, nausea, headaches, and poor metabolism.

this month was a confidence builder that proves i potentially do have what it takes to run a marathon every day!

although i ran out of gas and slowed things down in the 2nd half of the month, the 10 marathons in 17 days, including 4 in a row at one point, are things i will never forget. sure they are just insignificant training runs that weren't witnessed by anyone, and won't appear in any official record book, but when i limped home that late night on the 17th, i don't think i have ever felt so proud of myself in all of my life..

next ahead will be my 10th career officially sanctioned marathon, the Newfoundland Provincial Championship on Sept 14, a race that i hope to set yet another personal best, which i also hope will be good enough to win the race!

don't ever be afraid to set your sites high. even if you don't get there, you'll still probably hit some monumental achievements in the process!


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