Summer running streak

31 May

Christopher and I both felt a little lost after the marathon.

We both were content to take some time off to recover and heal, but we both are very motivated by goals, training plans and races. Christopher hasn’t fully jumped back on the workout wagon as his work is keeping him pretty busy, but I whole-heartedly hopped on and decided to use the four weeks leading up to our first wedding anniversary to get back into a groove.

I’ve been doing the Summer Shape Up, an annual four-week summer workout plan developed by Gina of The Fitnessista, from last year. The plan includes structured, but fun and challenging strength-training workouts as well as varied cardio (i.e. steady-state cardio, high-intensity interval training and hill training and yoga.

I’ve also been participating in the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak, a challenge to run at least one mile a day from Memorial Day to Independence Day.

I’m feeling really good, and I’m getting really excited for a summer of fun shorter-distance races that hopefully will help us train for another half marathon to cap off racing season in September.

Here’s the list of local (and a couple non-local) races I’m eyeing:

June 3 – Brad Onken Memorial S.M.A.R.T. Summer Sizzler 5K, Sterling, Ill.

July 7 – Reagan Run 5K, Dixon, Ill.

July 14 – CGH Sprint for Health (1-mile sprint), Sterling, Ill.

July 22 – Oregon Run-a-Muck 8K (a trail run from one park to another followed by floating on an inner tube down the river back to the starting park), Oregon, Ill.

July 28 – Famous Racing Sausages 5K, Milwaukee

Aug. 4 – Music in Motion 5K, Sterling, Ill.

Aug. 25 – Colby Smith Memorial 4-Mile Classic, Freeport, Ill.

Sept. 8 – Thin Mint Sprint (an 8K run, a 4-mile trail run and a “do the double,” which involves completing both races), Stillman Valley, Ill.

Sept. 15 – Harvest Hammer (5K and duathlon), Morrison, Ill.

Sept. 15 – Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma 5K, Dixon, Ill.

Sept. 22 – Brewers Mini Marathon (half marathon), Milwaukee

I’m particularly pumped about some of these local races. The Reagan Run is a big deal in Dixon, and the Oregon Run-a-Muck includes a float down the river. The Thin Mint Sprint sounds like fun, and the Harvest Hammer is a duathlon.

What’s on your summer race calendar? And are you streaking? (Participants are encouraged to track their progress via personal blogs or on Twitter using the #RWRunStreak hash tag.)

Oh, and this totally made my night:


Thanks, Kelly!


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