Friday, November 1, 2013

1000 Miles

At the beginning of the year I set some very specific fitness related goals.
1). Increase the number of push ups I can do in a row to 35.
2). Run one race per month, including a marathon.
3). Be able to do 5 pull ups.
4). Improve my one mile time by ten seconds.
5). Goal weight of 130#
6). Run 1000 miles.

I thought it'd be neat to check in on those goals.
1). A year and a half ago, I couldn't do full push ups.  None.  Today, yes, I can do 35 in a row, and not on my knees.  Pretty cool, right?!
2). This goal morphed from one race per month to 12 races for the year because of some bad knees and training issues surrounding my first marathon.  To date this year I have already completed 13 races, including a marathon.  In fact, I have Marathon #2 in eight days!
3). Okay, my previous attempts of doing pull ups were laughable, and I still can't do five, but I CAN do three!  And that's something!
4). My test mile for this goal was an even 8 minutes.  My fastest mile since then.... 6:56.  Goal met then SMASHED!
5). When I set this goal I was around 144 pounds.  Today as I write this I'm about 137 pounds.  And you know what?  I.  Honestly.  Don't.  Care.  I mean, seriously?  This was a goal??  WHO CARES?!  I am so much more than that number.  Honestly.  And I think that fact has a lot to do with accomplishing Goal #6.
6). Yesterday I ran my 1000th mile for the year during an eleven mile tempo run.  It was the perfect moment for reminiscing, reflecting, and offering thanks.  These miles mean so much more than the physical distance covered.  These miles built me up, and tore me down.  I have returned from miles feeling unstoppable, and from others feeling vulnerable.  During the last thousand miles I have found myself becoming the person I was always meant to be.  And while I was pondering this, I found myself praying.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for the 1000 miles my legs have carried me this year.  These miles are a gift to me.  Thank you for the way you've used them in my life to help me solve problems, realize truths, stay healthy, and focus on what matters.  I am wildly blessed; this I know.  I pray you bless my life with thousands more miles. Amen.

Fitness goals are great.  I think for me what has been better is the confidence (and humility) I have developed along the way, growing into this person who can take on anything.  And it all started with just one step.  May God bless you!


  1. Soooo proud...and weepy!

  2. You make me so proud! Love you!!!

  3. Congratulations on your goals and hitting mile 1,000!!! It is such a great accomplishment! And I agree with #5, who cares as long as you are healthy and feel good!

  4. Oh dear friend, how I miss you. Very well written. I am thankful not only for my accomplishments in running and fitness but for the ability. Keep rockin it!!

  5. Nice job. Thanks for updating your reasons for running =)


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