Looking for some motivation, need a goal, want a personal challenge? Look no further than the 1000 Mile Challenge.It's simple, log your running miles from January 1 through December 31, 2010 and try to maintain an average 20 miles per week. If 1000 miles seems daunting, try 1000 kilometres (about 621 miles). I've been logging my mileage for the last couple of years (see side bar) and I find it helpful in tracking my running and getting me out of bed on those crisp mornings when I'd rather be sipping coffee and munching sticky-buns on the couch.
Civil Rights leader and mentor to Martin Luther King, Benjamin Mays once said:
The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching our goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. It isn't a disgrace to not reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.
Don't be afraid of the challenge, do be afraid of not challenging yourself. If you like, send me your name and I'll make an honour role of runners who have accepted the 1000 Mile Challenge on the sidebar (first names and last initial only). Or, if you're the shy type, keep it to yourself. In the words of Nike Canada.... Just Do It, Eh!
Other stuff... I was at a small gathering on New Years eve and my good friend Laurie mentioned that one of her goals for 2010 is to take a photograph every day to visually track her year. She'll no doubt take several photographs every day, but only one will be chosen for her visual diary. What an excellent idea! I'm thinking a picture a day is too much of a commitment, but a picture a week seems doable. My pictures will somehow be related to running in some way, shape or form. 52 weeks, 52 pictures. I'll be posting them on Flickr. Stay tuned.
It's a good day to be alive, Mike