I just read part of a blog by a journalist with the Kansas City Star about running. She chronicled her goal to run 1000 miles in the course of 1 year. It held my attention enough so that I read about half of it. My initial thought was, what's the big deal? I've run at least 1000 miles every year for the last 40 plus years and really for a runner that's not saying much.
Despite my initial skepticism about making a big deal over her 1000 miles I realized that it really was a very good thing. Good for her. She was 30 years old and wanted to do something that would help keep her healthy and to shoot for a goal which included running the marathon. While she didn't reveal the time she ran in last fall's Kansas City Marathon I did some detective work and found that she ran 4:45. That's not bad, but consider this, she ran 30 minutes slower than the Czarina did in her first marathon at age 48 on a similarly difficult course. But hey, any marathon under 5 hours is a good thing.
In the end the fearless blogger made her 1000 mile mark on New Years Eve. I applaud her effort. I think for the average person the thought of running almost 3 miles every day is a little daunting. But I think about all my running buddies who would go mental if they ran anything less than 2000 miles in a year. That's a threshold I rarely crossed since I started running. But that's a whole different blog.