This was my last run of 2016, 41 degrees and windy and I loved every step. 2016 started with me on top of the world, but through some heartbreak and setbacks during early spring I was then challenged to either stay down or get up and do something about it. I chose to rise again.
If not for the bad times of 2016 I would not be doing this film and pushing myself to qualify for Boston for 2018. Running and the arts have once again saved me. The spirit of other artists have saved me, the spirit of other runners have too saved me. It was through their determination that I found myself saying 'No, this is not where I stop. I will keep going.'
This year taught me a lot, and more importantly showed me that perhaps being 'On a Mission' was bigger than I had realized. It was pounding the streets of Boston from February through May that this was born. Working out what was on my mind during the spiritual act of running. Getting to The Boston Marathon was a pipe dream as most of my endeavors seem to start life as. But if not for the ‘what if’ moments then where would any of us be?
I do have my work cut out for me for 2017 and the effort needed is sobering to say the least. But I like a challenge. Thank you to all that have supported me in 2016. I ended the year at 715.19 miles and going for over 1000 in 2017. I’m still ‘On a Mission’.
I was a little more bruised than I realized from my fall on Tuesday, couple that with a 60 hour work week and writing projects... so I was short on mileage this week. This was my first run in a week, but I was grateful it happened. Rather than dwell on what I didn't get accomplished I'll just say this... I added up the mileage from my running log and so far I've turned in 692 miles this year. January and February were really light and I practically took all of June off. I'm going for the 700 mile mark before the end of the year. I can do this!
Ice is my foe. I was scheduled for 12 miles but due to the slippery conditions I only ran 8. The freezing rain didn't help matters either. REALLY hoping the ice goes away and soon. I can deal with the snow and cold temps, but not the ice. Bright side... Even withthe ice on the ground it was still a decent pace under these conditions. I need to cut myself some slack.
I discovered a great article posted on NPR from quite a few years ago. I had to post this here as it speaks of the issue of overmedication. Obvously a subject near to my heart and one that will be explored and discussed in the documentray. Enjoy the read and please share. Just click on the image!
Today was better, just 12 miles but an improved run. I did it at about an 8:30/mile pace. I broke through that 'mental block' I had been having and turned in some miles that were needed. The challenge today was the temperature in Indianapolis, when I started my run it was 23 degrees. In the past I've done much shorter runs in the winter like weather (3-4 miles tops), but I discovered at the end of this one that I had frozen hair and frozen sweat on my collar. I had to laugh at that.
I came up a little short on my mileage today, but I also ran the distance faster than intended. I gave up one for the other I guess. One thing I've been negelecting is my diet, so that's coming to an end. It occured to me that I can't run the times and distances needed on the current diet. The other evening I sat down like an adult... (let that sink in those that know me) And mapped out a better course of nutrition. Next week is another round and I'm not scheduled to run tomorrow, but I just might get in a few miles.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.