Tuesday, August 31, 2010

mile crunch ...

Once upon a time, there was a girl who ran 20 miles a week. And she usually struggled to do so. There was never enough time to get everything in. The kids were demanding. The miles were long. The weather was too hot. Or too cold. But, then she decided to up her game. To take her obsession to a new level.

She is still faced with the same challenges. Maybe even a few more. The kids became even more demanding. The miles weren't just long. They were really long. The weather was still too hot and on a rare occasion, too cold. But, she didn't care. She wanted to push herself. She wanted to improve.

So, she juggled when she had to. She scheduled all the time. And sometimes, even though she was tired, she had to do the "mile crunch." You know the "crunch" - when miles are run on back-to-back-to back days because that's the only way to make them happen.

Today is the end of my most recent "mile crunch." Three days. 38 miles. Two really tired legs.

But it's all worth it. We are headed to Rhode Island tonight and my "mile crunch" has allowed me to run less on vacation (less being a subjective word, of course). Two 5 milers and a 20 are all I have left for the week. And then, I will have two days IN A ROW off.

Which is reason enough for me ...

28 comments:

Jen said...

We all have to juggle... I will be doing this too with my class and work and the kids... but you have WAY more miles than I do.... way to get out there and CRUNCH!

Keri said...

oh my gosh, my dad just did the same thing! exactly 38 miles in 3 days. You guys are crazy! :)

Maxi Fortend said...

That is some serious crunching! Relax and have a wonderful trip!

MCM Mama said...

You are way more dedicated than me. ;o) I'm happy that I've upped my mileage to 30 per week at this point (but I'm also not training for a marathon).

Enjoy your two days in a row off!

LauraElaine said...

Way to get those miles in! Enjoy RI!

Christa said...

I so understand. I am always moving around my run days due to commitments and such. It is amazing though because if it is a 'priority' then we some how manage to find the time. Way to go on your 38 miles in 3 days!!! I am not quite up to your mileage yet, but I am slowly getting there. I have 36 on tap for the week but that is over 4 days.
Enjoy your trip to Rhode Island.

Silly Girl Running said...

Hahahaha! 38 miles in 3 days; you ARE a rock star, and Super Mom, and a Super Hero! On for the mileage...I'm with you on that one. Less is more on mileage...way too hard for me...it's just more is more. ;)

ann said...

pretty bad ass! that's awesome!

kat said...

Awesome mileage, you give me hope that I too can up my game! Well done, impressed and inspired.

runningwithsass.com said...

wow thats a lot of miles in a short period of time! good job though!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Wow! Are you jumping to 68 miles in your week?? Holy Heavy Miles! You can have that one.

I was reminding myself to step back after last weeks 57.5. I felt over trained and I don't have a race for almost a month! I don't want to be running a 90 mile week by the time a race get here.

Enjoy your vacation.

I am still so impressed with your planning and organization. You should add teach that to your TMB Endurance services, heehee! No. Really!

Katie A. said...

Great job on the mileage ;)
I'm really loving my rest days this time around - usually I get all ancy, but this time I'm embracing them! Enjoy your vacay! Travel safe!

Deb said...

Great job! I'm impressed at your juggling skills.

Marlene said...

Yup, I'm all about the mile crunching... especially for vacation!! Enjoy!!!

Navy Wife on a Diet said...

Are you at the point where you'd hire a babysitter just so you can go on a run?

I read that on someone's blog recently. Their kid was home sick for the day, but they needed to run, so they paid someone $6/hr so she could get 15 miles in. Thats an expensive run! Would you do that?

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

hehe what a clever little post!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

hehe what a clever little post!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

hehe what a clever little post!

track coach and adorable wife said...

oh is that all you have left? you are a super-hero!

Colleen said...

Where in RI are you going? I live in MA, about 45 minutes from Providence :)

akjenniekt said...

Wow- that's impressive :)! Have fun in RI....and enjoy your two days off :)

Emz said...

YAY you!

Love the post.

I love two days off!!

Cynthia O'H said...

Even machines need to be turned off and the occasion maintenance. Glad you're getting some rest; just don't get antsy about not running.

Anne said...

This post is inspiration squared!
You are amazing...but, yay for two days off :)

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Courtney said...

I don't know how you do it but keep it up! :)

Jamie said...

that's a serious mile crunch. have a nice vacay!

Julie said...

crraaazy, but worth it! have a great time!!