1000 Miles in 2014! (And counting….)

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….

After finishing my 1000 mile run! ;-)

After finishing my 1000 mile run! 😉

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.

1to1000

 

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)

1000milesacrossUS

 

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…..

running forest gump

 

“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! 😉 )

Forrest's Cross Country Run Route Map!

Forrest’s Cross Country Run Route Map!

Do you log all of your miles? Does it help you stay motivated? How many more miles do you want to run in 2014….?

 

 

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14 thoughts on “1000 Miles in 2014! (And counting….)

  1. I’m totally impressed! Love the illustrations and visuals. Speaking of Forest Gump, the road to Monument Valley (where he stopped on his run) is a beautiful place and on my running bucket list. I visited it when I was a non runner but I want a do over. 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m totally in pressed by you too! You’ve been rocking your marathon training! Monument valley is u. My home state….very beautiful! Love that it’s where gump decided to stop running in the movie! 🙂

  2. Wow Kristine, great post and congrats on 1000 miles!! I know you’ll hit 1200 this year!! 1400 last year!! Wow, that’s spectacular!! You know, I never thought to track my miles!! Sounds like a fun idea! “I felt like running.” Yep, that’s a super quote for sure! Also, I love your 1000 mile analysis! It definitely puts that large number into perspective!! Lots of miles!! Way to go and congrats again!! Have the best weekend!! XOXO!!

      • Hey!! Yep, definitely sounds like a cool idea! Thanks for the great recommendation!! I love tracking stuff, so sounds like a fun plan for sure!! Happy Monday!! Have a great start to your week!! XOXO!!

  3. Congrats!!! Most of my mileage has been logged for the last four years. This year I’m in the ballpark of about 750 miles so I’ll be over 1,000 this year again especially with me getting into racing season now.

    • That’s awesome! You’ll definitely get to 1000 miles! I hope you have a great fall racing season! I am going to try to squeeze in a couple last min fall races but no goal races this fall.

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  5. Very cool! Way to go! I keep track through my Nike+ thingy. It’s not always that accurate though. And sometimes I forget to wear my watch. I know I was over 1000 last year, not sure about this year, but I’m trying to be like you and run more and more. I’m up to 6 days a week now. My goal is to run at least 40 miles a week as that’s one consistent between BQers.

    • I used to have a Nike thingy lol…no I track my miles with garmin running watch and (sadly) log a lot of miles on the treadmill! Great job getting to 6 days a week of running! I try but most weeks only get in 5 days. 40 miles a week is a good goal…that’s where I need to be at….good luck achieving BQ. ..that is huge goal for me!

  6. Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll hit 1200 easy peasy in no time! I use the Nike+ app and it keeps track of my miles. I never used to care but since marathon training started I’ve really needed to keep track. I would like to have a mileage goal for 2015 but not sure what it should be yet!

    • Thanks! You should keep track! I think you’ll be surprised how much you underestimate what you all ready run, and it becomes a good motivator! I end up running an extra mile or two at least once towards the end of the week to hit an “even number” of miles. Yes, I really can be OCD like that! Lol 😉

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