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I posted at the start of May that I would be tracking my mileage on the calendar. This is the first time I’ve really charted my distance since marathon training in 2003 (yikes, that was a long time ago!), so it was a true learning experience. I had to get back in the groove of remembering to transfer the happy little number from my Garmin to the calendar AND I had to get over the shock of how much lower my mileage was than I expected.

I was pleased to see that I really did get in 3-4 runs/week, which isn’t bad when you consider we also got in a 4 day trip to CA to visit Yosemite and family and that I also did 18 miles on my bike (towing my daughter in the trailer, no less!) and we hiked countless miles. But 39.2 miles over the course of a month was lower than I thought it would be. If the Run Like Hell Half in Portland this October is going to be a successful reality, these feet have some more running to do!

How will I get my mileage up this month?

– My Saturday group runs really will turn into long runs now that more ladies are participating. At least two of the gals are also planning for the Half, so instead of 2-4 miles on Saturday, we’ll be logging 5-6 to start and then increasing our mileage from there.

– My amazingly talented singer/songwriter friend, Loni Rose, is now joining me for a run on Wednesdays while our sons are in school (and maybe the boys can bike beside us when school is out!) and she likes to run a good distance. We celebrated National Running Day with a 5K run and were pleased to discover that our paces are similar and that we really had fun together (even though we were a bit slower than either of us would run with our husbands – less chatting with the guys, is my guess!). 2 loops around the lake is 5K, so next week we’re adding a third loop.

– Now that my pace is a bit faster (when not talking too much!), I can get in more distance in a shorter time while pushing my daughter in the jogger. She’s also happy to go now, especially if we can stop at a park mid-way or post-run. The park “carrot” also enables us to go for a bit longer.

– My son will be in a YMCA soccer/t-ball camp in the mornings the last week of June, allowing me to keep with our usual weekly routine for the month. July will be a different story, but I’m just taking things one month at a time.

How about YOU? What do you do to increase your mileage? Any challenges you have to work around?

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I’ve been away from the blog world, but this time my absence was not due to sick children!
1. Since deciding to do a Half, I really have been running more. My training plan isn’t set yet, but a few gals (from our newly-formed Saturday morning running group!) and I have our sights on the Portland Half in August . . . or maybe Seattle in November.
2. I’ve been putting our YMCA membership to better use and even have our daughter taking a Toddler Sports class (fits perfectly between my run & shower and the time we have to leave to get Mr. Music from preschool – full morning, but awesome!).
3. We took a trip to Yosemite National Park – AMAZING (that’s me running through the valley, because I could).
4. We Are Girls Who Love to Run finally has a Facebook page – become a fan – REALLY!!
5. I’ve joined the world of Twitter (@writingrunner), though I’m still tinkering with it to figure out what it is all about.
6. Though I’ve been home since Monday night, my brain is still stuck in Yosemite. My only running was once through a meadow with my son (seen above), but you can surely see why I’ve had a hard time getting back to “real life” once you take a look at these photos (we took nearly 250 in the 3 days we were there . . . and that was just OUR camera – my brother-in-law’s fam took just as many with theirs!).
7. Be sure you take the time this weekend to thank a Service Member (former/current and/or their family members) for their dedication to our country and our freedom.
And now I leave you with images from the amazing national treasure that is Yosemite National Park (yes, we took these ourselves!!!):