Easy? I don't think so

The math seems so simple -- I have 110.7 miles to get to 1,000 miles for 2011. With 60 days left in the year that's an average of 1.845 miles per day. The problem, though, is I often hit the end of calendar years with a thud. Four years ago after my first marathon, I was well on my way to hitting quadruple digits, but after my that Richmond Marathon I got sick, I got lazy and I got hurt. Not a good trifecta.

Sure, last year I hit 1,000 miles, but not without 900+ miles of healthy running before getting hurt to make that finish line not seem so far away. And those in between years? I barely crossed 600 miles in both 2008 and 2009 as I battled plantar fasciitis on and off before finally going to the doctor.

Up until now, 2011 hasn't been about mileage, so putting the 1,000-mile goal out there is hard for me to do. One reason I want to do the 5ks is because the mileage isn't what's important -- staying healthy, running fast a few more times this year and getting in more quality runs is.

However, getting to 1,000 miles sets me up well for 2012, especially with getting focused on the Shamrock Half. I need the base mileage to keep me strong for whatever else I decide on next year.

Getting there isn't going to be easy. I don't want it to be. If it were easy, it would be time for me to move on to something else, but I don't plan on that happening any time soon.

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