Last month I committed to running 100 miles. I think this is the most I’ve run in a single month, but my memory isn’t always the best. I ran everyday except for two, and took those two days off because my quads needed a rest day.
To celebrate, I ran my final three miles and took myself on a date to the mountains.
Running everyday wasn’t hard, and I think it’s because my usual runs were 3-4 miles, with a few longer ones in the mix. This made daily runs totally manageable.
Per usual I learned some things the last month, and also reminded myself of things I already knew yet somehow forgot. It’s time for another round of running rambles.
Recent Running Realizations
1. Having a goal gives you motivation, like seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
2. Running makes you leaner, as long as you don’t eat cupcakes after every run.
3. Running uphill is necessary, because life is all about steady progress towards a positive slope. No time for stagnant straight lines. Improvements spark success.
5. A run, is a run, is a run. I had complete peace about a couple “only two milers,” and never stressed about my pace. In fact my pace improved! Hard work gets results.
6. Running makes you rich. Physically, mentally, spiritually, and sometimes literally.
7. Running is the perfect way to de-stress. I’d be lying if I said this supervisor stuff wasn’t stressful at times during the learning process.
8. Doing things with other people keeps you accountable. One of my coworkers was running allllll the miles too, and we would send each other completed run photos.
9. Running with short hair wins everything.
10. Good shoes are like good friends. It’s always sad to say goodbye.
I’ve been running in the same pair of shoes for…SIX years (with other shoes rotated in for a few of those years)!!! YEARS people. Runners know shoes need to be rotated every 5-6 months (or 500-600miles) so this is HUGE. Barefoot running has completed me in every possible way. The holes indicate it is now time for another pair.
I think 100 mile months are a new thing.
My last words of wisdom for the day are…
You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to, so go out there and DO IT!
Q: What have you set your mind to and accomplished lately?
50 thoughts on “100 Mile May”
good shoes are like good friends- 100% agree 🙂 i had the same sneaks for 10 years, and i wore them even when they got holes and seemed to be on a last leg. it all came to an end when the family told me i was getting (From everyone) a pair of sneakers for christmas because it was long long long overdue (and everyone sort of agreed and concurred like an intervention)
I absolutely love this idea of a 100 mile month! I am also going to give an ‘amen’ to the necessity of good shoes – they can make or break a run. You are such an inspirational woman! Keep on runnin 🙂
Thank you for this kind comment. 🙂
Great post Brittany! I was a long distance runner for a lot of years. Once, in my younger days, I decided to also see if I could run every single day for a month. It was the year I turned 30. I did it but was also completely wiped out on the couch every afternoon, desperately needing a nap. What was wrong with me?, I wondered! I was thin, lean, and should have been full of energy and vigor like I usually was when my running was going strong! Well, I finally had a dream that I was pregnant and lo, and behold, I was. I had been having trouble with missed cycles for about a year because of all my running so it just didn’t even occur to me that I was so tired because of that reason! 🙂 Alex is about to turn 26 this summer and has a great personality and outlook on life…perhaps because I ran every day that month early in my pregnancy?!? 🙂
I would definitely correlate Alex’s wonderful personality with your running. All those endorphins did both your bodies good!!
I love your why I run 😉 SO TRUE. I eat #allthecarbs when I’m running all the time, but it’s pretty amazing how many aspects of our life running affects without even realizing it.
awesome!! love the fact that you can jet off to the mountains because those views are breathtaking.
love that you didn’t worry about your runs/pace….sometimes we just need to do that. there are times when i cycle that i don’t worry about how far i go, i just go until i feel like stopping.
Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
Congrats on meeting your 100 mile goal!! Love that picture of the mountains. If we lived near each other, I have a feeling that we’d be hiking, veggie/carb eating, cupcake munching fools together! 🙂
Very insightful and inspirational. Running every day is really not a challenge though it could very easily become a routine which I don’t think is good in that sense.
Congrats on the finish and well done in rewarding yourself for a job well done. We deserve that too.
For the record: I eat EVERYTHING so running really helps me to not be a fatty. Ha! I eat pretty well actually, better than many but I do eat all the time.
Also congrats on all those miles on your Vibrams. I have been in them for a few years now as well but I am transitioning to something with a bit more cushion. I am running ultras now and after about 30 miles in Vibrams my feet are angry.
Thanks for the insight. Love to read up after you.
Oh my, an ultra in Vibrams does sound a bit much. Amazing job on accomplishing the ultra distance, something I only daydream about!
gosh i just love you and want to hug you every time i read one of your posts, you’re too cute! 🙂 amazing about your 100 mile goal. i should do that one month. we have the same Garmin! THOSE MOUNTAINS. swoon. also, 6 years for shoes?! you hippie you. 🙂
Bahah you’re my favorite. Period.
Oh boy, I should know better than to read your blog when I am hungry. Pass the cupcakes, please. Enjoyed your post!
Okay, how old is your coworker because I’m about to say he is GOOD LOOKING… But I don’t want to be a cougar right meow. Haha! Congrats on the 100 mile May!!! That’s a lot of miles! Definitely an accomplishment!!
OMG I am dying at this comment. He is…21. Meerrroooww cougar lady. 😉
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
You know I am totally on board with the carbs! I need a goal too, otherwise I don’t know what I am running towards. Something has to get me out of bed in the morning.
Rach @ This Italian Family
Wow! I can’t believe those shoes have lasted such a long time! You definitely got your money’s worth out of them! Also, 100 miles… in a month. That blows my mind. You are incredible!
Awesome job on the 100 miles!! That’s amazing. That veg-covered pizza looks delishhhhhh. I’ve never tried barefoot shoes… but I bet they make running 100x better. I’ve yet to find my perfect running shoe… nothing moves with my feet the way my feet naturally want to move.
di @ life of di.
Congrats on this accomplishment! Once I start running more regularly, I may set a goal of 40 miles in a month. I’d have to run a little over a mile each day to make it happen. 🙂
I’m really proud of you for sticking with your goal and finishing 100 miles!! That’s truly inspiring. It takes a lot to feel at peace with short runs, and since that’s something I haven’t quite come to terms with, it’s great to hear you talk about it. And it’s even better to have a running buddy who’s doing the same thing as you to keep you motivated! Especially when you meet up for food after. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what lessons June has in store for you!
Great post! I also fuel my runs with Whole Foods and strong coffee so that I can fit into my pants. 🙂 #3 is my favorite – great observation. Congrats on a great month of running – keep it up!
Congratulations on all the running! That is killer. I might have to make that a goal one day, to run 100 miles in a month.
I love this challenge and wow at those shoes!! They’ve really gone through a lot, haha 😛
Hahah…love “I run to fit into my pants.” That’s one of the reasons I walk. I love my food. I know what you mean about your shoes. I’m really attached to my current pair but the tread is wearing out and I will have to change them soon. (sob) Well done on all the running. It is a wonderful way to relieve stress (and eat cupcakes). You always make me smile with your posts. 🙂
CONGRATS!!! Can I buy you a celebratory cupcake?! Really enjoyed reading through today’s running ramblings. More, please.
Yes, you may buy me three. 😉
Change of Pace
Impressive mileage!! And how cute is your hair in that pic?!
Lol- I still can’t get my pre-pregnancy pants past my thighs, so I foresee many more miles in the future 🙂
Ha! Realizing cupcakes after each run weren’t helping me was a sad day. Thanks for liking my recent blog post. I’m thrilled to have found your blog! Plant-based, five-finger wearing runner with great mountain views? Love it!
I love your running pearls of wisdom. They bring a smile to my face, which I desperately need right now because a) supervising sucks (sorry I said it) and b) I’m fighting off some horrendous bug.
100 miles in one month is super, super impressive and I bow before you. I also bow before all those glorious carbs. 🙂
Nicole Marie Story
carbs on carbs!! hahaha!
and you run to get rich!! the coins just killed me because just the other day, i spied a penny by a bus stop where literally 50 people stood, waiting for a bus! yet i spied the penny which i’m certain that others did, too, and i picked it from the ground! then i looked at everyone else who flaunted a “why the F is she so excited over a penny?” face, and i just thought… “this is my competitive advantage over you in life. i am aggressive. smart. and i don’t care if someone thinks i’m lame for picking up money from the ground to make ME richer!”
congratulations on a divine month of fitness:):)
This comment is brilliant. I’ve never cared what people thought of me as they watched me pick up change, and my friends often expect it now, but THIS thought process is by far the best way to look at it. Judge away people, we are making money. 😉
Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy
Running is an awesome stress reliever! I’ll never forget my first runner’s high, after a 6 mile beach run. It was amazing.
Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
Congrats on this! You’re so smart running shorter distances, more often. I didn’t run every day during my 100 Mile March which ended up having me run a lot longer distances. Luckily I didn’t get injured! You probably built up such a good running fitness.
I’m quite jealous about you getting to run with short hair haha. My ponytail straight up hits me in the face during my runs. I’m with ya about running making you leaner. I know everyone has a different experience with running but it makes me feel my leanest, strongest self too.
CONGRATS! So many miles…I feel like I could maybe manage 100 miles if I kept my runs short. Anything longer than 5, and I just want to be done!
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
YES to everything in this post. Especially the finding money thing 😉 aaaaaand all the carbs!
Lucie Elizabeth (@CollectingLight)
hahahaha, carbs are the best….you certainly cant keep banging out those miles without them!
Holy WOW: Those shoes may have set a new Guinness record! Congratulations on your 100 mile month! I find low mileage days are extremely valuable too; they work just as well, if not better than complete rest days for me.
GiGi Eats Celebrities
“3. Running uphill is necessary, because life is all about steady progress towards a positive slope. No time for stagnant straight lines. Improvements spark success.”
Oh hello philosophical statement!
Right? You never knew I could get so deep did you…
That’s what he said.
GiGi Eats Celebrities
LMFAO AND I JUST DIED. I WISH.
Love and agree with all 10 points (and the bonus haha!) I’m far from ready to aim for 100 in a month at this point but I’m thinking a July mileage goal of my own may be in order after reading this. Congrats 🙂
Congrats for reaching your running goal! A run, is a run, is a run. I tell myself that too! Just go out and do it! 😊
Wait. You shouldn’t eat cupcakes after every run?! Uh oh…
I know…what is life if cupcakes don’t come after every run!?
Congrats on the 100 miles! I love how the watch always says OK 🙂 The realizations and reminders are great too. Here’s to a good running and more June.
HA! I just noticed the OK. 🙂
Arman @ thebigmansworld
NEED that pasta right now!
I feel a bit cheated here… I never found any money whilst running… BooHoo :))
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