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Running Through England: 766 Miles!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Here are my goals for 2012 in a nutshell:

~Reach and maintain a weight of 142 pounds or less.

~Run at least 750 miles.

~Enter and run a 10K race.

~Experiment with the Galloway method to improve my running speed.

~Add more swimming and biking to my exercise program.

~Pursue more free-lance writing opportunites.

~Be debt-free, except for mortgage, by June 1.

~Spend as much time as possible with my dad, who has ALS.

In 2011, I had the goal of running 650 miles for the year. Around the beginning of November I realized I could probably make 700 miles if I pushed it just a little more. With the 6 miles I ran yesterday, I met that goal!

So for 2012 I want to set the bar higher, at 750 miles. I decided to make it more interesting by running from somewhere to somewhere, at least in my imagination! So then I thought, why not have the pleasure of running through the historic beauty of my dream destination, the British Isles? So I mapped out a (not very accurate) route that will take me from St. Ives to Bath to London to Norwich to Nottingham to Lincoln to Leeds to York in 766 miles.

Now while trotting along the county roads of Kansas, I can pretend I'm really running along the hedgerows and meadows of England with historic castles and churches and bridges along the way. And I'm already planning next year's "trip" running through Ireland and Scotland!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    I think that is a fantastic idea! You go, girlfriend! And by the way, thanks for being such a great SparkFriend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/4/2012 2:57PM

    Great idea about running thru England, I'm gonna hop right to planning myself a trip. Best wishes in reaching all your goals this year. emoticon

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LORI-K 1/4/2012 2:45PM

    WHOAH! I love your idea of running through England! I love it so much I may have to steal the idea too. I need to think of somewhere fast!
Best Wishes with your goals! They are awesome.

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CARLA-216 1/2/2012 1:31PM

    Great job!

I'll run with you through Ireland, any day!

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THEHONESTME 1/1/2012 5:23PM

    Terrific goals and I love your idea of running through the British Isles - so cool!!

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    Love it! What a neat concept. You are so creative.

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NUMD97 1/1/2012 2:41PM

    Funny! I am doing the exact same thing! Virtual trekking, that is. I enjoyed doing a Cape Cod Virtual Trek with a Sparker (a "mere" 80 miles), so now, being overly ambitious, I'm doing it bi-coastal, from NY to LA. I just finished writing a blog about it and am planning on doing one weekly with tidbits of what I've "seen" along the way.

Keep us posted, as to your virtual progress. It's an incredible motivator!

All the best,


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COWGIRLMARTI 1/1/2012 1:54PM

    Happy New Year! And Run On! emoticon

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LISAINMS 1/1/2012 1:04PM

    Great idea. Congrats again on hitting your 2011 mileage goal!

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/1/2012 10:36AM

    That is a splendid idea!! I might just add it to my list of fun ways to have a great run!

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COMPUCATHY 1/1/2012 10:18AM

    That is awesome! I love your idea! You have terrific, ambitious goals for the new year! Woo hoo! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I hope you have a terrific, fit 2012! You are doing TERRIFIC and I am SURE this will be your best year yet! Thank you for all your encouragement! It is appreciated more than you could ever know! Keep up the good work! Spark on in 2012! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/31/2011 8:00PM

    You did fab!! I love the idea of running through the British Isles :-)

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    Toto we are not in Kansas anymore. We are on our way to Ireland. emoticon
Great goals! emoticon

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KSNANA2 12/31/2011 5:23PM

    Love this idea! I may use it too! But I will be walking! Going to go get out my books on England. It has been a dream of mine also, so I have quite a collection of travel books on this area. This will be fun!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/31/2011 3:52PM

    What a fun and terrific idea! You've accomplished so much. Best wishes for 2012!

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MATHGURL 12/31/2011 3:46PM

    Love the running thru England idea! Have you seen the site about his 1000 mile walk around the British Isles? Beautiful pictures! Good luck on your 2012 goals!

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SKUNKY4 12/31/2011 2:37PM

    Way to go on exceeding your goals. Looks like a great plan for 2012. I know you can do it!

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