living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

Positive things in a bad week

This week I've gone through endless amounts of tissues, a variety of medicines and taken several naps as I have felt awful. It's easily one of the worst sinus illnesses that I've had in a few years. I could sit back and complain, but instead I've pushed myself to fight it. 

I still made my way outside for some runs, mostly in the afternoons when I didn't feel completely terrible. Running would actually make me feel better temporarily as I could get some snot rockets out of me. (Sorry, but it's so true.)

Then on Saturday I surprisingly had my "fastest mile" since I got a Garmin Forerunner 220 last month. It was still pretty slow compared to my old self, but it's certainly a bright spot in what could have been a week with no miles. 

This week I've also realized that I'll very likely fall short with my monthly mile goal, but I ran just enough to keep me on track for the most miles in a month since last February. I also ran just enough to not panic about where I am with Blue Ridge Marathon training.

This week could've really messed up that goal, but I'll just need to adjust my plans for February a bit to get back on track. I can't, however, have a second week like this. 

Also this week, I found some strength to hit my push-ups goal for the month -- getting to 25 consecutive push-ups. For the record, it was 26 on Friday. Maybe I can get it to 30 before Jan. 31 and focus on getting to 50 in another 4-6 weeks.

In the past few years, if I've had a bad week, I haven't said much about it. I tend to just give up and move on to the next week quietly. I need to stop that, and writing about it is the best way to do that. I'm not making any promises, but posting here twice in one week is a start ... 

And while I'm writing, here's a quick look at the progress toward my 26 goals to my next marathon: 

  1. DONE - OCT. 23: Run 3 miles non stop
  2. DONE - NOV. 3: Run 3 miles at a pace under 10 minutes a mile
  3. DONE - OCT. 30Run 4 miles nonstop
  4. DONE - DEC. 10: Run for an hour nonstop
  5. Run a 5k race under an 8-minute mile pace
  6. Run a 10k at under an 8-minute mile pace
  7. Run a half marathon
  8. DONE - DEC. 21: Run hill repeats
  9. DONE - OCT 8Run in the rain again
  10. Run on a trail that's new to me (or one I haven't run in a year+)
  11. Sign up/run in a race that's new to me
  12. Do a track workout
  13. DONE - NOV. 3: Do a progressive run
  14. Run 100 miles in a month (this has changed from my original goal of riding my bike 100+ miles; the running goal is something more important to me right now)
  15. DONE in late October/November: Go a month without potato chips 
  16. Eat a salad every day at work for 2 straight weeks
  17. Lose 5 pounds (almost there!)
  18. Lose 10 pounds
  19. Lose 15 pounds
  20. Lift weights twice a week for 4 straight weeks
  21. Hold a plank for 2 minutes straight
  22. Hold a plank for 3 minutes
  23. DONE -JAN. 20: Do 25 consecutive push-ups
  24. Do 50 consecutive push-ups
  25. Blog about my progress at least once a week for 4 straight weeks
  26. Run a marathon

Disclaimer: I am receiving a free race entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon as an "official blogger" for the race. Visit for more information about the race in Roanoke, Virginia, and use code BRMFRIENDS to get 15% off.