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I’ve run a lot of miles this year. 1,035 to be exact.  It’s been a great year of running for me.  I managed to run at least a mile a day, averaging over 5.5 mile a day, for 168 straight days to start the year. I ran my first 100-miler.

But I’ve got a problem.

It’s been almost a year now that I have been studying to take the NSCA CSCS certification  test, but #AutismStreaks and training for the TARC 100 has taken time away from that.  I had originally aimed to get myself certified by late March.  I am already 4 months behind.  A barely failed practice exam has made it clear to me that I need to re-evaluate my priorities.  I need to buckle down on the books and get my head back into studying regularly.  Running had become, to a degree, an escape.  As much as I love helping others train, burning the midnight oil with my nose in the books has been easy to pass up when given the choice of going for a late night run.

I can’t give myself that choice anymore.  I need to get back to studying at least twice a day, get myself certified and then get to work.

#AutismStreaks will have to be put on hold.  Consistent running will have to be put on hold.  Regular blogging and writing will have to be put on hold.

It’s time to get my priorities straight so I can get this done.

Wish me luck.  If I’ve discovered one thing during my studies, it’s that my brain isn’t as elastic as it was 25 years ago.

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*I am still processing the events of last weekend.  I haven’t been able to put my thoughts about that on to paper yet.

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I ran through colds and tendinitis.  I ran through metatarsalgia and plantar fasciitis.  I ran through Blizzards (Nemo) and knee deep mud pits.  It has been a good 168 days, covering 958 miles.  During those 958 miles I raced a 5K, a 5 miler and a 100-miler.  I ran fast (in the 6’s) and slow (in the 16’s).  All along you have been with me, supporting me, pushing me, giving back to me much more than I gave.  I want to thank you for all of the love you have shown me and #AutismStreaks over the first 168 days of the year.

As Chaucer said so many centuries ago, “All good things must come to an end.”  Unfortunately, the beating I took over the weekend was simply too much for me to continue my daily miles, even at walking pace.  I will write in more detail in my race recap, but the mud was ultimately too much for my shin muscle.  Two days after completing 100 miles in just under 28 hours, my leg just could not take the repetitive impact of covering a mile without swelling up like an overstuffed sausage.  I am heartened however to know that there are others who will carry on based in part because of what they saw here and on my Facebook Page.

•My friend Diana just hit Day 80 of HER #AutismStreaks.

•My friend Lisa could not walk up a flight of stairs at the beginning of my streak without losing her breath.  In her words, she now runs 2 -3 miles like it was second nature.

•My friend Shannon is running a mile a day in part because of #AutismStreaks.

Every day I get to see the both Diana and Lisa’s Charity Miles posts and it makes me smile.

I am sad despite knowing I am doing the right thing; and I know that ending this streak simply means I am taking a break.  I will be back once I have healed, maybe even to start another streak.

In the meantime, keep running and as my friend Jack said to me last night when he saw my post ending my #AutismStreaks, “It’s Miller Time.”

See you on the roads and trails,

Luau

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Some of my favorite moments from #AutismStreaks…

Day 34

Day 34 – Super Sunday 5

Day 40 - 5 Snowmageddon Miles

Day 40 – 5 Snowmageddon Miles

With Julie C. - she did an amazing job directing her first race!  AND it was for a good cause - raising funds for the Nashoba Learning Group (click this picture to learn more about NLG)

With Julie C. – Day 65 at the Leprechaun 5K

Day 100

Day 100

Night after the Boston Marathon Bombings

Night after the Boston Marathon Bombings

Day 166 - 100 miles - done!

Day 166 – 100 miles – done!

 

 

 

 

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what now?

In the words of my Streaking Guru Adam – “duh!”

Here’s the first 100 days rapid fire:

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Today marked the 100th day of 2013 as well as the 100th day of #AutismStreaks.  I have managed to run at least 1 mile every calendar day since January 1st.  My total in those 100 days?  567 miles.

It’s not a mind-blowing amount, but it is a pretty decent chunk of change.  To be honest, early on I wasn’t sure I would make it to 500 miles, much less 100 days.

When I completed my run today there was no finish line, there was no medal, there were no cheering crowds – just the knowledge that, along with raising a little money for Autism Speaks, I hopefully managed to spread some awareness and maybe, just maybe,  inspire a few people to do their own charity running as well (be it for Autism Speaks or one of the many other charities connected to Charity Miles).

But as I finished my run I couldn’t help but think…

now what?

100 days, 100 runs, 567 miles...what now?

100 days, 100 runs, 567 miles…what now?

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So with 98 days in the books, #AutismStreaks has only 2 days left…

…or does it?

Hmmm…

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Week 14 brought World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.  On that day the world lit it up blue in support of autism awareness, so I donned the blue ‘fro and ran through town.  It was a relatively light week of running…well except for and because of Sunday’s 31-miler – the second longest I have ever covered on foot in a day.

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Week 14:
April 02 – 5.0 miles 36:04  7:12 pace aHR 141
April 03 – 1.0 miles 9:14
April 04 – 3.0 miles 20:39  6:53 pace aHR 142
April 05 – 5.0 miles 37:09  7:26 aHR 138
April 06 – 1.0 miles 8:46
April 07- 31.0 miles 4:48:07  9:17 pace aHR 128 – #AutismStreaks goes over 550 miles
April 08 – 4.0 miles 41:16  10:19 pace aHR 109

Week 13 Total – 50.0 miles

#AutismStreaks Total – 557.0 miles (as measured by Garmin 610)

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If you want to start your own #CharityStreak pick up the Charity Miles app and start raising money for your favorite charity simply by walking, running or biking:

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Five lunch time miles about town in the 'fro on World Autism Awareness Day

Five lunch time miles about town in the ‘fro on World Autism Awareness Day

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It’s hard to believe that #AutismStreaks is already 12 weeks old – 84 straight days of running!

A busy couple of weeks highlighted by a fun 5K on St. Patty’s Day and an easy 16-miler with my buddy JB this past Sunday.  I don’t think we stopped talking the entire 16 miles.  Hope it’s been a good couple of weeks for you and that those who are running Boston this year aren’t going too crazy with their tapers.

Coming in to the finish line at the Inaugural Leprechaun 5K - 20:20 (8th overall, 3rd in AG, 1st in LHR - Leprechaun Hat Runners)

Coming in to the finish line at the Inaugural Leprechaun 5K – 20:20 (8th overall, 3rd in AG, 1st in LHR – Leprechaun Hat Runners)

With Julie C. - she did an amazing job directing her first race!  AND it was for a good cause - raising funds for the Nashoba Learning Group (click this picture to learn more about NLG)

With Julie C. – she did an amazing job directing her first race! AND it was for a good cause – raising funds for the Nashoba Learning Group (click this picture to learn more about NLG)

Me & JB after 16 miles where we didn't stop yapping for a minute.

Me & JB after 16 miles where we didn’t stop yapping for a minute.

Week 11:
March 12 – 7.0 miles 51:32 7:21 pace aHR 141
March 13 – 5.0 miles 38:50 7:46 pace aHR 129
March 14 – 7.0 miles 56:00 8:00 pace aHR 135
March 15 – 10.0 miles 1:19:32 7:57 pace aHR 138
March 16 – 1.0 miles 8:03 8:03
March 17- 5.0 miles warm up and cool down with a 20:20 5K in between
March 18 – 1.0 miles 9:00 9:00 pace

Week 11 Total – 36.0 miles

Week 12:
March 19 – 3.0 miles 25:52 8:37 pace
March 20 – 6.0 miles 50:32 8:25 pace aHR 122
March 21 – 5.0 miles 44:30 8:53 pace aHR 123
March 22 – 7.0 miles 50:24 7:12
March 23 – 5.0 miles 41:41 8:20 aHR 131
March 24- 16.0 miles 2:14:00, 8:22 aHR 133
March 25 – 1.0 miles 10:28 10:28 pace

Week 12 Total – 43.0 miles

#AutismStreaks Total – 457.0 miles (as measured by Garmin 610)

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If you want to start your own #CharityStreak pick up the Charity Miles app and start raising money for your favorite charity simply by walking, running or biking:

Get the Charity Miles app:

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For whatever ridiculous reason, I thought Saturday morning would be warm enough to go without glove...I was, um, wrong.

For whatever ridiculous reason, I thought Saturday morning would be warm enough to go without glove…I was, um, wrong.

Oops!  I knew I was forgetting something yesterday!  No, I got my run in – I forgot to post this post!

10 weeks in, 378 miles behind me.  Despite a snowstorm on Friday, I can feel the weather beginning to turn; I see more runners out on the weekends training for Boston – I still should have worn gloves Saturday morning though; 14 miles later, my fingers needed 30 minutes to fully recover.

I hope you got your runs in this week.  Less than a month to 100 days!!!

Week 10:
March 05 – 3.0 miles 24:34 8:11 pace aHR 133
March 06 – 5.0 miles 40:03 8:00 pace
March 07 – 5.0 miles 42:57 8:35 pace aHR 122
March 08 – 1.0 miles 9:00 9:00 pace
March 09 – 14.0 miles 1:51:19 7:57 pace aHR 129
March 10- 12.0 miles 1:50:03 9:10 pace aHR 123
March 11 – 1.0 miles 8:40 8:40 pace
Week 10 Total – 41.0 miles

#AutismStreaks Total – 378.0 miles (as measured by Garmin 610)

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If you want to start your own #CharityStreak pick up the Charity Miles app and start raising money for your favorite charity simply by walking, running or biking:

Get the Charity Miles app:

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