2,015 miles in 2015 seems like such a simple concept. Run the Edge is presenting a year-long Virtual Race for individuals or teams of up to three members to complete 2,015 miles. Two-thousand miles seems intimidating, add fifteen more miles and it certainly is intimidating – essentially the equivalent of 77 marathons. Wow!
Truth be told, I have no idea how many miles I ran in 2014. I often use my iPod but not always. At races and on the treadmill it isn’t recording my distances and sometimes I even forget to turn on the tracking when doing short runs. I usually post my workouts to our runitlikeamom blogger page, but again, not always. Therefore when I solicited teammates to join this challenge with me, I really had no idea how doable or challenging the race would be, I just loved the concept and the slogan, “Make Fit Happen”. I vowed to make the year 2015 about running, not about my pace or my distances, but simply about running and staying healthy enough to run. I reasoned if I can focus on staying uninjured and running, then my pace and my distance will come back to me. I have yet to be able to run a full year since I started running. What better way to motivate through my goal than to sign up for a race that requires monthly miles tracking, encourages running, celebrates runners, and holds me accountable to my miles? Feet don’t fail me now.
Two of my many friends named Jennifer opted to join me, and together we became a Three Musketeer running team committing to roughly 800, 800, and 415 miles respectively. Even after agreeing to this, I told the ladies, “I needed to run some numbers before registering.” They likely thought me crazy since I’d started us on this journey.
Eight hundred miles still seemed intimidating to me. I had to break it into its pieces, 800 miles is 2.2 miles a day. 2.2 miles a day doesn’t seem so bad. However I don’t run daily, I try for three times a week. 2.2 miles a day is approximately 15.3 miles a week or three 5.1-mile runs a week. Definitely pushing my comfort zone boundaries but, within reason of what I can do.
My focus for 2015 is running. I’m going to use the Run the Edge challenge 2,015 miles in 2015 to help me achieve my goal. I’m excited to conquer this challenge.
I’d love to hear your focus for 2015. How do you plan to get from here to there? Anyone else participating in a running challenge for 2015?