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January 31, 2013

100-Mile Month

by Brendan

So, I did it — realized that running 3.5 yesterday and 4.5 today would give me 100 miles for the month.  And I managed to run the miles, and have a good start to 2013 with 100 miles in January.

My ultimate yearly goal is 1,000 miles of running, which requires 83-84 miles per month.  And 100 miles in January gets some mileage in the bank, mileage that I’ll be grateful for come July and August, when it’s hard to get 83-84 miles per month because of the heat — even if I go out running at 6:50 A.M., when it’s barely light, the temps will be around 72, anyway, not to mention humidity around 80%.  Some people, I know, go out running at 4:00 A.M. or 5:00 A.M., but that’s just not gonna happen in my life.

And there’s plenty of runners who do 200-mile months, even more — but once again, that’s not me, not gonna happen.  (Almost certain to get injured if I did that kind of mileage — or maybe that’s just my lazy brain telling me a lie.  Oh wait — just finished 100 miles for the month, so I can’t be too lazy.)

DRS 100-Day Challenge Shirt

DRS 100-Day Challenge Shirt

My Dead Runners Society brothers and sisters are in Day 31 of this year’s 100-day challenge, which one of our members started in 2010, beginning an ongoing tradition.  The requirement is at least 2 miles of running per day for the first 100 days of the year.  I did it in 2010, somewhat reluctantly because of my own longstanding tradition of taking Sunday off (for rest reasons, no religious ones).  A hundred days in a row is just asking for trouble, IMHO, but my best wishes go to all who are participating — hats off to the DRS 100-Day Challengers.

BTW, if you look at the captions on the picture, “Clearly Dead,” “Nearly Dead,” and “Sincerely Dead,” maybe you’ll remember the Munchkins’ song in The Wizard of Oz.  After the Munchkin coroner examines the Witch of the West on whom Dorothy has dropped a house, he determines that said with is not just “merely dead” but “clearly and sincerely dead.”  (Or does he say, “nearly dead” instead of “merely”?  Hard to tell by listening.)

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