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Thursday, October 24, 2013

This is IT! I've hit the heights! LOL

Today's run took me just above my October mileage goal and now it's time to tell the rest of the story.

Three years and 2 months ago, I wore my Garmin Forerunner for the first time. I had bribed myself to do a streak of strength training with the Garmin being my reward. I wanted this gadget to aide in my training, but most importantly to more accurately measure my mileage. I started using it, of course, before I had even read all the instructions. No surprise there! LOL So, it was a total surprise to me a few months back when it warned me to make sure that my run data was backed up into my computer (if it wasn't already) since it was going to start rolling new over old.

I had been logging all my runs into my computer but it was during this time that I was also setting up my new desktop so just to be sure I didn't lose anything as my old desktop was gasping it's last breaths, I did a full Garmin back up.

Remember, I didn't study the entire instruction manual so I was not aware that along with the stats for each run, the device was also keeping a running (pun not intended) tally of ALL of my run statistics. And here's the real shocker. I was getting really close to 1000 miles run. WOW Who Knew?!!

As October loomed, I could see that I would surely meet or exceed that 1000 mile mark so I focused my monthly goal on logging 45 miles (at least) so I could celebrate this landmark.

Last week, I knew that my goal would be met this week so I ordered a new pair of compression socks as a bit of a reward and a symbol of my accomplishment. They are expected to arrive today! YAY! These socks are seasonal. Bright orange with a spider and web design. Perfectly timed for the October goal and also a bright reminder whenever I will wear them of what I can proudly say is a pretty great accomplishment. emoticon

Now, I would like to share the statistics.

1000.1 miles

That was 214:08 hours

My average pace 12:51

Average speed 4.7 mph

Max speed 22.3 mph (this one floored me!)

I burned 97,470 calories during all this running while keeping my heart rate between 141 and 175 bpm.

Apparently I climbed 60,293 ft. and descended 60,993 ft. while logging all of this.

All of this occurring over 3 years and 2 months. For me, if it isn't impressive enough, knowing that during all of this time, I was often working on the rails with weeks at a time when I couldn't lace up and also that I was derailed from my running at times while recovering from self induced injuries. I rarely took the Garmin with me when we worked and though it didn't happen often, I did take some runs in St. Louis, Chicago, St. Paul and the Dakotas that aren't represented in these statistics.

Now, I know many of my running friends have logged more miles than this and certainly there are many of you who run at a faster pace, but I started running about 4 years ago in my fifties. I barely dreamed of running 1 mile much less a thousand. To me, this is astounding! emoticon

One more word about all of these miles. Most of my running is pretty solitary. I live in the North woods so other than the races I've run, I run solo. But I am NEVER alone! You all have been there often on my runs. We ghosted together for Hood to Coast. Some of you have ridden on my shoulders when you couldn't run yourself. You've cheered me on and you've provided the competition that wouldn't have existed without you. Some of you convinced me that running in rain, snow, heat or the darkness of night was worth a try. You were right!

So, my friends, These statistics belong to us all. Thank you.

Now how long will it take to hit the next 1000?
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  • JLITT62
    A great accomplishment!

    I'm guessing you'll hit the next 1000 sooner since you're no longer riding the rails.

    I still run solo a LOT.

    And I really have no idea how many miles overall . . . I sometimes run without tracking soi don't push myself too hard.

    Great job! And oct's not even over yet.
    1580 days ago
    Ow, wow Donna! I'm so proud of your accomplishments! You are AWESOME! And Inspiratilonal to all of us. Keep up the good work!
    1580 days ago
  • JANET552
    emoticon Congratulations on meeting your goal and don't sell a single one of those stats short. They are all impressive!
    1580 days ago
    You already know how impressed I am by you and your accomplishments! Congratulaitons.... that is just amazing! keep rockin it!! I really think you need to post a picture of those socks when they arrive ! emoticon emoticon
    1580 days ago
    Yippee!!! Congratulations on meeting such a great goal. That's such a wonderful accomplishment. I remember when the Garmin was just the reward itself. Of course now we all want to see those new socks.
    1580 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats! This is so inspirational! You rock!
    1581 days ago
    Congrats on 1000 miles!!


    Now go read the Garmin manual. Who knows what else you might be missing. And if you upload to Garmin Connect, if your computer ever crashes, you will still have all of your data online.
    1581 days ago
    You absolutely ROCK!
    1581 days ago
    I'm betting your next 1,000 miles won't take as long...you have become an efficient machine, Donna! Congrats!! emoticon
    1581 days ago
    emoticon I'm so happy for you and thank you for this blog. You stuck with it and WOW...you should be proud of yourself! This is an inspirational message for me! Oh, emoticon APPLAUSE!!!!
    1581 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/24/2013 1:29:28 PM
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