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.
Now, I would like to share the statistics.
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!
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?