SUMMER CHALLENGE REPORT CARD!
We’re now about one third deep into summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day). The July 4th holiday seems as good a point as any to assess progress on Summer Challenges I, II, and III. Challenge IV Walkers Series Sweep started July 1; too early for a progress report.
How are you doing so far?
Have you used your bibs to track your efforts? Kept a separate log?
My report card:
I: Streak running – A (tracked on Earned Runs bib #2)
I’ve run every day including travel days!
II: Across America – B (tracked on Earned Runs bib #3)
The mileage for each week has been accomplished with a combination of running (most miles) and walking (to make up the difference I take evening walks). However, the last full week of 32 miles has been a challenge. There are 5 miles more to complete in Week 4 before going to Week 5. I hope to make it up this week.
III: Fastest 5k or 'Summer-of-fun' 5ks- B (tracked on personal log and Earned Runs bib #2)
Every workout has been completed, but not always as intended. Hot and humid days I introduce walk breaks as needed. My intervals are performed on hills, so sometimes the last one isn’t finished…too tired. My test 5k was OK, not terrific. I know I can do better.
Only 27 days until the RACE!
There’s still time to get back on your schedule if you fell off.
I: If you busted a streak by missing a day, start over. There are more days ahead than days behind you this summer.
II: Hop on the ‘ACROSS AMERICA’ route now. Some of the best scenery is yet to come. There’s so much to learn about the country that if you missed the West, you can cover it next year.
III: Set a new “fastest 5k” race date later in the summer or in mid-September if you stopped training. Officially the season isn’t over until autumnal equinox on September 22. Use an Earned runs bib and design your own race or find an organized event.
SUMMER CHALLENGE IV: started 5 days ago, July 1. It’s not too late to get a 30 minutes high intensity interval walk (or run) under your belt on 4 of the next 7 days. Simply reset/reconfigure your 7-day week, Wednesday to Wednesday, if you start TODAY!
Don’t give up on yourself; there’s time to accomplish a SUMMER CHALLENGE IN 2017.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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