Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Milestone #1000

Yesterday morning was a typical morning like any other... I got the girls feed, dressed and off to school.  Then I snuck off to the trail to get my run in.  It was a chilly morning, but I wanted to "practice-run" the 3.7 mile course for Saturday's Cupcake Classic.  In one hand, I had my iPhone with the Nike+GPS going.  The other hand held a little pink can of spray paint.  If you know me, I normally don't run with gadgets, but today I had to mark off the mile markers for Saturday's event.

Call it my Cupcake Classic virtual run... I finished the 3.7 miles in 35:45 which was pretty good considering I stopped 4 times to spray paint.  Now I have a time to beat when I run with 100 other ladies on Saturday morning!

I continued on the trail to tack on a couple more miles for a total of 5.5 miles.  It was a perfect day to hit my yearly milestone... running by myself, deep in thought, on my favorite trail.  When I got home and logged it into Daily Mile, there it was...
my 1000th mile of the year!!

After reaching 1000 Miles!
You see, back in January, I signed up for the Tall Mom 1000 Mile Challenge.  At the time, I was pretty doubtful that I could attain that.  It meant a minimum of 20 miles every single week of the year.  Now I laugh at my own thinking because unless I'm on the DL, I always do that... but just 10 months ago, I was not there.  I questioned my running.  I had great months, and then I had off months.  I was an undedicated slow poke...

Reflection is so good for the runner's soul.  It's amazing how far I've come in the last 10 months, and sometimes I need milestones like this to remind myself of that.  Shoot... Back in January, running a marathon wasn't even a thought in my head!!  Since then, I've run an 8K, a 10K, numerous 5Ks, three Half Marathons and my first 26.2 miler.  Yet even today, I have stretches when I get disappointed with myself.  Today, however, I'm happy as can be!

My 1000th mile was a joyful reflection and the
best birthday present I could have given myself this week!

RuN HaPpY!
 Today and always - for as long as we can!!

28 comments:

  1. Congrats on an awesome milestone :)

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  2. CONGRATS!!! I love reading stuff like this! It's so uplifting! BIG KUDDOS to you that's so AWESOME!! I am looking forward to that 1000 mile moment =) I will be emailing you this afternoon with my Cupcake time =) HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK!!!!

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  3. 1. 1,000 miles is an amazing accomplishment! Congrats!

    2. How stinking awesome is it that it happened during your birthday week?!

    PS- I almost called my aunt and told her I was coming to stay for a week so I could run the Cupcake Classic in person instead of virtually. I'll have to tell her to go look for the pink spray paint! I think she's already planning on stopping by on Saturday and cheering people on! :)

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  4. Best birthday present ever! I hope to get to 1000 for my New Years Eve present, it's going to be close this year...

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  5. Yay! Congrats! Love these milestones, and your attitude about it is 100% on. It is so easy to get caught up in everything that is going on in our lives and forget about the growth that we've had. And to think you hit your mileage goal with 1 1/2 months to spare! Congrats again girl!

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  6. Great job!! What a perfect week for you to have reached your goal!

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  7. YOU are so awesome!!!
    I can't wait to run this evening!

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  8. Way to go Jess!!!! Isn't it amazing the strength we have?! Well done! And with time to spare!!

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  9. Great job! 1000 miles is awesome!!!

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  10. I tried to sign up for your cupcake classic but I guess I'm too late. I am gonna run it anyway this week :D

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  11. Congrats!!

    Happy Birthday Week!!

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  12. Great job hitting 1000! I am going to be setting a mile goal next year (just not sure what!). Way to go!

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  13. CONGRATS ON 1000!!!! incredible! and sounds like you have had an amazing year!

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  14. Congrats on 1000 miles that's so awesome!

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  15. That is such an amazing milestone. Congrats on a grand! :)

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  16. Congrats! That is soo freaking awesome. I hope to hit my 1000 mile mark next month :)

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  17. Congratulations! I did this in ten months as well this year. We must average about the same monthly mileage. :)

    I just finished my 3.7 in the rain. woohoo!

    Mari

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  18. Wow 1000 miles! That'a amazing, congrats!

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  19. Wow, Jess. You are a bright, sparkly inspiration to everyone. I'm just starting out as a runner but you've given me a fabulous goal to shoot for new year!

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  20. Congrats on the accomplishment!

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  21. This post made me smile! I love the milestones! Excellent work. You should be very proud. :)

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  22. I think my comment didn't go through...

    1000 miles...what an amazing accomplishment! Hats off to ya, you are an inspiration :)

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  23. Jess - I just found you from Jessica at See How She Runs and can I just say this - WOW !!! I am not a runner, don't really think that I ever will be a "religious" runner, but have been doing more jogging and a 5K in July that has inspired me to do more. I love your blog. You have so much enthusiasm that has just made me feel really good!!! I am for sure a "follower" now.
    Good job on the 1000 miles and Happy Birthday month to you - lovin the Cupcake challenge and so much more that I have had a chance to read today!!!!

    Have a GREAT week!!!!

    Staying MOtivated MO

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  24. Congratulations. Very impressive!
    I love looking back on past running and see how far I've come. I'm not where you are at right now and 1000 miles is not going to happen this year. But it like the idea of that goal for next year :)

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  25. What fabulous timing!! Congrats! And Happy Birthday. Sent in my pics yesterday!

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