1000 miles to go. We can thank a friend of mine Brihu for the reason behind this post. It was about mid way through 2015 when a regular customer in my store told me he had been running 1000 miles a year and this was a huge part of his weight loss and current insane fitness levels.
This was Brihu in 2013
He is the one in the middle doing all the work with his hat flipped backwards Sylvester Stallone style from “over the top”.
I remember watching this movie like it was yesterday.
And this is Brihu now!!
The moral of the story is Brihu is a stud & for some reason half way through 2015 i thought running 1000 miles was not only a good idea, but it was something i could somehow actually get close to accomplishing.
A little history lesson about me and running. We have never been very good friends.
For those of you that remember my 2009 to 2011 Triathlon efforts may remember my IT Bands and me never being very good friends. I was training for an Ironman Triathlon and remember i couldn’t actually run unless I warmed up for 30 minutes on the bike first. meaning all my runs were actually bricks. ( a brick training session being where you combine 2 different disciples into one workout. eg. a bike ride and a run followed immediately after. )
To cut a long story short so we can start working towards present day news i eventually blew out both my IT bands training for a marathon in 2011 and could barely walk, never mind run. My IT Bands are affectionately referred to as guitar strings they’re so tight. Lets not even mention foam rolling. I spent the good part of 2011/12 & 2013 chilling on the couch, living the good life and not doing any exercise at all.
For those of you that know me, you know I hate the gym!! We are not friends either. Standing in front of a mirror ” pumping iron” or doing a circuit to me is like watching paint dry or watching the grass grow. Back in 2014 it had not yet “clicked in my mind” that if you want to run, you need to “pump iron” So to add a little perspective this is what my run schedule looked like back in August 2014.
Wowzer…isn’t that impressive? 2.2 miles running for the entire month!
My problem was essentially this. I would run 2.2 miles and my calf muscles would kill me. Sharp pains the next morning which would lead me to say ” what the hell, I cant even run 2.2 miles without getting injured, what do i need to do?
So if August of 2014 looked so bad what did the year look like?
Yip, you’re reading that right! 76 miles. Right about now you’re saying ” wait a minute, Jason is attempting to run 1000 miles in 1 year?? Not gonna happen “.
2015 is essentially where the poop hit the fan. I was getting so fed up with the sore legs, ITB issues, Knee pain, hip pain, glute pain, lower back pain etc etc…basically to do any physical activity it entailed popping 4 Advil first.
August 2015 looked in fact worse than August 2014, if thats even possible..
Wow, zero miles logged in August 2015, what was i thinking?
This was about the time things started getting real. the seed had been planted sometime between August 2015 and November 2015 & i knew if I stood a real chance i had to build up my milage slowly over time. December is when I started the base miles.
So on rolled December 1st and it was time to get going with this thing. I knew i only had to do 20 miles per week in 2016 to make my 1000 miles for the year. That in itself in the beginning was hard. The first 2 months even doing 17 miles a week was hard. It wasn’t only hard to actually do but it was hard to find the time where 5 miles was my long run and 3 miles was my weekly staple. So, here is what December 2015 looked like.
So 2015 was done and dusted with only 207 miles total for the year, 2016 sure would be tough. With 69 of those 207 miles coming in December alone the 1000 mile dream wasn’t going to be easy. I hope this has given you some insight into what i’ve gone through to get to where i am right now ( in 2016 ) 743 miles into my 1000 ( 71 miles ahead of schedule ).
As Jennifer always says to me ” you need to set yourself goals to be motivated” and thats absolutely 100% the truth. Along the way I also decided to do 1 x half marathon every month in 2016 to keep myself motivated and training. I will update you with that in future blogs. Also coming up is write ups of local North Texas trails which will showcase what Texas has to offer runners, triathlete’s ,bikers & more. As I have a bit of experience doing product reviews I plan to also throw in a few of those to keep things interesting and fresh.
I will also use this blog as a platform for my consulting business to showcase how important blogging is as a marketing strategy, an SEO platform and also for keeping customers, potential clients and friends updated. I hope my friends & family find taking part in this blog to be entertaining & at the same time motivating so that they may reach for new goals and new mountain peaks. Maybe, just maybe you even feel motivated to get up and go do some exercise today.