Last nights run put me over the 1000 mile mark for miles ran in 2014! Woo hoo! It’s no secret…I like to run. Like…A LOT! I used to go to my office early every morning to park and run before starting my work day. I started to get a lot of comments and questions from co-workers, most I’m sure thought I was insane…then one day someone asked me, “How many miles do you run a year?” I shrugged, “I don’t know, a few hundred I guess…?” But it did make me wonder….like a lot of other runners I LOVE numbers and this innocent question turned into another number that I wanted to keep track of….
So I started tracking my mileage in 2013, using a simple day planner. (I ran 1268.6 miles in 2013). While I all ready running (and racing) on a pretty regular basis, something about keeping my mileage log and being able to add those little notches to my running belt made me feel good, and raised my running motivation through the roof! My goal for 2014 is 1200 miles, and I am getting there….ONE. MILE. at a time.
So to put 1000 miles into perspective (Because I do think it’s OK to be proud and give yourself a little pat on the back for your accomplishments!)…I did a little research and found some random/fun facts about 1000 miles:
- Driving 1000 miles takes approximately 15-20 hours. (It took me a LOT longer to run it!)
- Less than Jake would walk 500 miles, twice, to be the man who walked 1000 miles…to fall down at your door. *Insert horrible singing here*
- Less than Jake is not the only singer who talks about walking 1000 miles in a song….there is also Vanessa Carlton’s song “A Thousand Miles” and Tyga’s song “Far Away”.
- Running 1000 miles is like running across Maryland about 4 times East to West or 10 times North to South.
- 1000 miles is about 1/3 the distance of the United States from Coast to Coast.
- 1000 miles is the approximate distance between several major US cities (Check out map I found below! Each colored line=1000 miles)
I know there are some runners who think 1000 miles in a year is crazy, and other runners that cover that same distance in less than two months. Everyone has different levels of fitness/endurance, different goals, and different accomplishments. No matter how many miles you’ve ran so far this year, you should be totally proud of yourself! Plus….there are still 3 months left in the year!! Oh, and in case you were wondering WHY I am trying to run 1200 miles in 2014? One of my all time running heroes (and this awesome GIF) pretty much sum it up…..
“I just felt like running.” Best. Quote. Ever!! Did you know that some movie geeks actually did an analysis of Forrest Gump’s cross country run, including a map of his route totaling an estimated 15,000 miles in about 3.5 years!?! I’ll admit it, I thought this was pretty cool! Sure, I know Forrest Gump isn’t a REAL person, but still…pretty damn impressive!! It may take a little more (OK, a LOT more!) than 3.5 years, but I’ll get to 15,000 miles eventually! (Shoot….there I go again with those numbers again! 😉 )
Do you log all of your miles? Does it help you stay motivated? How many more miles do you want to run in 2014….?