Mileage goals - 60% of 2,017 feels good

Goals are good. A sturdy scoreboard can be just the ticket, when I need a little extra motivation to keep going. (How’s that for a few mixed metaphors, sports fans?)

OK, I totally get it that goals have to be flexible to a point.

Real-life can interrupt the process, no matter how determined we may be. Unmistakable challenges can knock us over anywhere along the way, at least for a while.

I understand. Maybe that’s because I live with multiple sclerosis. That is an unmistakable challenge for sure.

This nasty beast (often called the MS MonSter) wages war without warning on the central nervous system, essentially wreaking havoc on the body’s electrical wiring (if you will). That can cause all sorts of balance, coordination, fatigue, mobility, and other problems. I’ve seen super-strong, energetic, highly motivated people sidelined (temporarily or worse) by MS from what seemed like realistic and achievable goals.

It wasn’t their spirit or wherewithal that failed. MS just clobbered them midway.

Because I battle this ugly beast, I am grateful for every step, every mile, every race, and every day that I can keep on running. I've had setbacks. But, thank God. I'm still moving.

Where am I on my 2017 mileage goal?

One week into the year’s eighth month, I am breathing a sigh of relief. My year-to-date mileage total is on-track for my 2017 goal of logging 2,017 miles.

My objective includes only intentional exercise miles. This is not my Fitbit step count. It’s lace-up-the-sneakers, and get-out-there-and-sweat mileage. That’s all that counts for this goal.

The total includes cross-country running, dog-joring / canicross miles, elliptical miles, road miles, track miles, trail running miles, and treadmill miles.

It does not include activities like bicycling, calisthenics, circuit class, dance, errand running, horseback riding, mall walking, or round-the-block strolls.

By the end of August, I will need to have completed 1,343 miles for the year. Check back, and see if I make it.

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Ever hide your phone in your bra for a run?

Running ladies: Have you ever stashed your phone in your sports bra for a race or run? (Guys: Feel free to scan the sidebar for posts that pertain more to you.)

Color me guilty. I’ve done it. And it didn’t work out so well. Let’s just say I am grateful that I sprang for the Lifeproof phone case. (It’s pretty much unbreakable. Trust me. Mine’s been tested plenty. Plus it’s essentially waterproof.)

Back to the sports bra thing.

Like many runners, I can grow sort of tired of strapping on waist packs, wrist packs, or arm bands – just to hold my phone. And it's hard to find running shorts, capris, or tights that will securely hold a phone, either.

But I won’t run without it (even when I run with other people). My phone provides music, distance tracking, and just-in-case security on-the-go. (Yes, there was this one time when I actually called home on a long run, summoning a rescue. The temperature was about 100 degrees, and I had run out of water.)

Again, back to the sports bra thing.

Here’s a cool idea. North Face offers a bra with a front-center pocket that’s designed to hold a cell phone. They call it the Stow-N-Go Sports Bra. It has a handy T-strap back design and comes in multiple solid and print color options, such as black, green, purple, and red.

This sports bra is somewhat pricey (about $45), but if it works, it might be worth a whirl. (Hey, I'd even publish a product review, if the company sent me one.) This sports bra is marked as medium- to high-impact.

Anyone tried it? I’d love to hear if you like it. I want to know if it stops the bounce – before I spring for the buy. And does the phone really stay put for the duration?

The North Face Stow-N-Go Sports Bra may not hold a runner’s keys and water bottle (not to mention those pesky and drop-worthy eyeglasses), but it could be the key to carrying a phone for a few miles.

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Would you stop your run to pick up found money?

Someone just did. My dog and I paused at a busy intersection yesterday, right where a four-lane divided county highway meets a busy thoroughfare. As we waited for the light, I saw a runner crossing on the other side. Suddenly, the guy stopped and bent to the ground to pick something up.

As he held the tiny found item in one hand, I saw the sunlight flash from it. It was a coin!

Just then, a car veered around the runner, still standing in the busy roadway. I gasped, almost afraid to look.

Um, what?

The scene set me to thinking. (Yes, my mind tends to run down some intriguing pathways, while I am pounding the pavement or trudging the trails. Maybe yours does too. It’s a running thing.)

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Would you stop to pick up money, if you found it on a run?

OK, I admit it. I have done this. One of my most consistent training run routes takes me past a local bank. For some reason, coins seem to fall out of cars along that roadway. More than once, I have spotted a quarter. I’ve even seen piles of coins. Sometimes I have picked ‘em up and tucked 'em in my phone caddy, if there’s no traffic swerving around me.

Like nearly everyone else I know, we have a couple of coin jars around the house. Loose change (and even the occasional found change) goes in there with a happy little plunk.

These mysterious little gifts can add up. OK, no one’s likely to collect enough this way to pay race fees (unless you run through fast-food drive-up windows after they close).

Still, spotting coinage can feel like a win sometimes, even if pausing to snatch it up adds a few seconds on the run tracking clock.

Have you ever come home with found money from a run?

I’m not talking about spotting someone’s wallet in the street. Most runners would probably pause to pick that up and try to find a way to turn it in someplace – at least, if it doesn’t happen in the middle of a timed race.

I even found someone’s cell phone on a country road shoulder once. I gave it to a cop, who was parked at a gas station up the road a bit. (I guess random lost cell phones aren’t uncommon finds for runners.)

That’s not the question.

What if you spot a couple bucks on the ground, while you’re out on a run? Or some loose change? Would you stop for a quarter? A dime? A penny?

Still, if you’re willing to stop in the middle of the road – especially a busy highway – then I’ve gotta hand it to you. Better yet, I’ll call 911 for you.

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