Becoming an adult.
While hundreds of thousands of students will be throwing their mortar boards up and closing a chapter of their lives, I, too, celebrate. While on my National Running Day Outing with the NYRR YPC, I logged the remaining miles necessary to finally graduate from Green to Blue! A special greeting from runner Tanya Richards for synching 623.23 miles (1,000KM), and a little pick me up that "being blue is okay when you're a serious runner" was the icing on my cake this morning.
This was a goal I have been slacking on since March. Then it was pushed to April, and then May. Actually, I find it rather comforting that I could celebrate my first NRD and clear a Nike+ Milestone in the same run! (Apologies for the bad screen shots, I haven't figured out how to do one with an iPhone, so it was digicam on iPhone, hence the glare/fuzziness.) The first (and last time), I attended Nike Run Club here in Westchester, I picked up my green laces. Since I am off next Wednesday night, I may need to drop by, run, and pickup some blue ones! ;)
Now that my summer running schedule is advancing quicker than I would like to admit, I need to really start working on my running programs, tackling Nike+ goals, amping it up in races, and making sure I am eating healthy and recovering properly. Looking at my Nike+ goals, I need to get moving on the following:
- Run More: Run 40 times by 6/22 (25 Complete; 15 Left; 4 Behind): Will be extended to July.
- Run Farther: Run 200 Miles by 6/22 (46.8 Miles Complete; 152.2 Left; 102.2 Behind Target): Will be extended to July.
- Burn More: Run 10'30" Average Pace 10 Times by 6/18 (2 Complete; 8 Left; On Target): Possible, but need to hit the pavement ASAP.
- Run Faster: Burn 20,000 Calories by 6/22 (4,581 Complete; 15,419 Left; 10,352 Behind Target); Will be extended to July.
Once school is finished, and I return from the UK, my summer running is going to have to be super early morning (like 5:30AM early) or after 7PM (around sunset). My rapidly growing concern is the heat and humidity in the summer. I'm registered for the Queens (7/30) and Bronx (8/28) Halves and if the weather is this bad now, I'm going to need something short of a miracle by the time the height of summer peaks in July and August. Even though the races start at 7AM (Q1/2), I am hoping for a push up to 6AM, for more running in the early morning hours. The start time for the B1/2 is "TBD", but with summer heat (regardless of being from Florida), earlier is better. I don't mind waking up at 3AM for an early start time. Beating the heat is all I care about, especially since the B1/2 coincides with my first day back at work, so I would like time to shower, sleep, and tend to my achey muscles before throwing myself into two solid weeks worth of work.
My graduation may be small, but I didn't graduate alone. My mom also started using Nike+ and she called me to tell me that she's advanced from Orange to Green! She left a cute message on my FB Wall "I'm coming after you!" I'm so proud of her, and it feels great to graduate in a very exclusive class.
Blue to Purple? Only 930 Miles (or 1,500KM and counting) to go...