In August, I joined the 100 mile club. 105.91 to be exact. Holy crap!
(And that does not actually include yesterday’s 18miler which kicked off September!)
It’s been a phenomenal month of running.
First run of the month was the Summer Breeze Half Marathon aka THE BEST RACE EVAAAAAR!
Next up: a fantastic 15-miler over the Golden Gate Bridge!
I will absolutely never forget the insanity and amazingness of the Bear Creek Half Marathon. Oops, still owe you a race recap! This will have to suffice:
The amazing races and memorable runs accounted for 31 of the 105.9 miles. The other 74.9 miles? Unexpectedly amazing midweek 9-milers, sluggish laps of Lake Merritt, emergency bathroom runs, and everything in between. I’ve had moments where I felt absolutely on top of the world. I’ve had moments where a short run felt so difficult, the idea of a marathon was laughable. And cryable.
The most miraculous part about this month is that my body feels fantastic. Strong and fit with startlingly quick recovery! In addition to all the miles, I’ve been going to Dailey Method about three times a week, including after some long runs. I’ve held back in thigh and seat work and used those segments of class as active recovery and pushed in abs and arms. I’ve historically had issues with my left ITB, right knee, left hamstring, and most significantly my right posterior tibial tendon. In the last month, nada! I’m 10,000% sure that I’m feeling this good because of frequent active stretching with phenomenal teachers who pay close attention to my alignment. I couldn’t be more grateful for the combination of luck and training that is keeping me healthy.
During some long runs, I’ve had doubts about the big show. 26.2 miles is so far. But guess what? SO IS 105.9. If you had told me a month ago that I could run that far in a month and still love it, I would have had my doubts.
Maybe the welcome gift to the 100 Club is trust?