June 8, 2012

Running to Texas (weeks 5 & 6)

Summer is rapidly approaching and my deadline is looming. I've got about two more months to cover the 411 mile distance to the 2012 MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Convention in Grapevine, TX.

I was able to enjoy some beautiful scenery during my walks/runs on our family vacation in Glorieta, New Mexico. I've got to admit it was a beautiful change from the gym treadmill and my usual neighborhood route.

 I have to admit that the higher altitude and hills made it super tough to run. It was a great work out though, and the views certainly made up for any discomfort. It was just beautiful!

Here's my summary for the last two weeks.

Tues. 5/22 - biked 3 miles
Thu. 5/24 - ran 2 miles
Friday 5/25 - walked 2 miles, ran 1
Sat 5/26 - ran 2 miles, walked 1
Sun. 5/27 - walked 1 mile
 Week 5 summary - 12 miles

Mon. 5/28 - rest
Tue. 5/29 - Ran 1 mile, biked 4
Wed. 5/30 -2 miles
Thu. 5/31 - 2.25 miles
Fri. 6/1 - 2 miles
Sat. 6/2  - rest
Week 6 summary - 9.25 miles

I am making slow progress. I've got a lot of ground to cover. I think I'm going to need to start biking more since I'm able to quickly cover more distance (I can usually cover twice the distance that I can when I'm running in the same amount of time). I think it's going to take a mini-miracle to get me there. If my calculations are correct, I've got about 10 weeks left and 316 miles left to travel. That means I need to get in about 31 miles a week . . . oh dear. It's not totally impossible, but it's certainly a challenge finding the time to get those miles in. I'm going to try my darndest though.

Here's where I've come so far:

Week 1: 14.05 miles
Week 2: 37.025 miles
Week 3: 6 miles
Week 4: 16 miles
Week 5: 12 miles
Week 6: 9.25 miles

Total: 94.3 miles (I'm almost 25% of the way there).

Fundraising goal $60/$500
  (not quite there yet either)

Where am I on the map?

I'm trying not to get discouraged, but it's such a massive distance to travel. Fortunately, I'm right on the outskirts of Lubbock, TX so I am making some progress. I'm just going to need to double my efforts. Maybe I should just start wearing a pedometer and count my steps as well, lol.

Well, there's your update for the week. To read about the rest of my journey (and why I'm running 411 miles to convention), check out the links below!

*I would walk 500 miles 
*Week 2.5 update
*Week 4 update



  1. When is the convention? I would love to meet you!

  2. It's August 9-11 in Grapevine.


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