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1000 in 2017!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

I am beyond ecstatic! Yesterday, I completed a goal I had set myself on January 1st, 2017: Run 1000 miles in 2017. That is a long ways! Reality speaks that I obviously didn't run it all in one day. How did I accomplish that goal? Break it down! 1000 miles = 83.3 miles a month = 19.2 miles a week = 2.74 miles a day. Now break down the hours: 9.5 minute miles average = 9500 minutes of running this year = 158 hours = 6.59 days. People binge watch Netflix for longer than that! My daily run time was less than 30-40 minutes/day. Well, some days I ran a lot (20 milers) and some days I was sick and I sat on the couch. The average was still there. As time went on, the miles started adding up.
(January Snow Storm)
(February 40 days in)
(March Sunrises)
(April Early Sunshine)
(May, Olympic Distance Triathlon)
(June, Adventure Run)
(July, Sprint Triathlon)
(August Smokey Forest fires)
(August Heat)
(September)
(October Foliage)
(November Last of leaves)
(December, I made 1000!)

I kept track of my mileage old school. Writing it on a piece of paper and posting it in my bathroom. I saw it everyday as motivation, and 7 pages later, I got to put the "1000!" The whole thing wasn't easy.

It took a lot to keep going. I wanted to quit so much! Telling myself "no ones going to care if you quit" or the dreaded "you are missing out with your family" aka mommy guilt. Grit kept me going. But in reality, my family was better for me taking a run and taking time for myself, because I was less stressed and had more patience. My performance at my job got better, I was more focused and received a promotion. And last but not least, I felt accomplished. I completed what I had set out to do 12 months prior. That feeling of success is so gratifying!

Its funny when you run(outdoors), how much you enjoy the world around you! There is so much to see at a slower pace. It made the many hours out there fantastic and worth it!

What is next for 2018? A new pair of shoes(I went through 3 pairs last year)! I would love to do another 1000! It wasn't super hard, just had to remember to track it. March has my yearly 13.1 and I also have Ironman Victoria 70.3 on my radar in June! 2018 is going to be epic! It really is amazing what you can put your mind to!


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  • LIFEISGOODONCC
    AWESOME! Thanks for the inspiration! :)
    695 days ago
  • LINDASOUTHER
    Great job.😊 You may want to look into ilovetorun.org for the 1000 mile challenge for 2018. Great bling and accountability. I have done it the last 2 years.
    789 days ago
  • B_RAZORSHARP
    And hey...is it too late for you to switch to the Full Ironman??? 1/2 might be too short for you now LOL
    789 days ago
  • B_RAZORSHARP
    That's soooo cool. Love the photos and the obvious joy of accomplishment and the resulting gain in fitness. Way to go!!! And thanks for sharing with the rest of us. Hey - Were all of those miles outdoor miles? I would love to do this in 2018. In 2016, I biked just over 1200 trail miles and ran 400+ trail miles. But in 2017, my performance overall was disappointing.

    Fortunately, I met another Spark friend here and we just decided to challenge each other to do "8 for '18" - 800 miles running and 800 miles biking in 2018. I'm so excited. If I am able to stay consistent & injury free for an entire year, I'm so excited to see what benefits this will produce in my life.

    Thanks for the inspiration friend!!!
    789 days ago
  • TSHAWGER
    Congratulations, that is a great accomplishment you have done.
    789 days ago
  • FITBY2016
    Way to go
    789 days ago
  • SUSANYOUNGER
    Congratulations. Nice work. So proud of you for not quitting.
    789 days ago
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