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All The Right Moves

December 30, 2009

Remember when I wrote this way back on 12/3/08?

Another goal of mine is to run a certain amount of miles next year.  2009.  Now i have absolutely no clue what is considered a “normal” amount of miles for someone like myself.  So, i am guessing somewhere around 1000 miles???  Again, i have no clue.  I just know i will start counting my mileage on January 1st and keep going until December 31st 2009.

It seems as if I wrote that just spouting off a number as if I really knew what I was talking about.  I really didn’t though.  I just thought that most drivers average about 1000 miles a year on their car, so most runners probably do the same right?  Right?

Well, I got it done.  Since December 7th I ran 105 miles.  Which brings me to 132 miles for the month of December and  1002.29 miles for the year.  I am blown away.  Not by what I did, but what I have been given.  What I have received far far outweighs the 1000 miles for the year.  I have been given the gift of friendship, support, inspiration, motivation, laughter and the amazing knowledge that YES, indeed runners are the best folks on earth.   Hands down.

I have shed many a tear these past few days, all amazingly happy tears.  I have to be honest here and fess up that I am usually the one to give to others, and with this outpouring of pure giving and caring to me ~ to help me and motivate me to finish up the year on a good note, it has made me realize that there are so many others out there who give with their heart and give selflessly without being asked.

I hit my 1000th mile last night in Central Park, NYC with lots of awesome runner folks who stopped in mid-run to allow me the photo you see up there.  And then we ran some more.  The run was followed by a great italian dinner, some wine and limencello.  It made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and there were lots of laughs and great conversation.

I then came home to such an outpouring of love and the best part is the videos.   Oh wow.  So, in the spirit of sharing and showing you the amazing folks out there, I would love to share the videos here on my blog to commemorate an awesome year of running.  Daily Mile has been a major part of that and I urge all of you runners to join up and enjoy the camaraderie that I have since April.

In no particular order:

Matt from runluaurun who ran the whole 105 miles with me since December 7th, 2009

Peter from Runblogger who ran the whole 105 miles with me since December 7th, 2009

Awesome runner Kathy from RunTalkRadio and Daily Mile who shared her amazing view with us!

Sara J from Austin, TX who shared some awesome running with us!

Insanely fast Caleb from Georgia & Daily Mile.

John H from Pleasanton, CA & Daily Mile with his cute doggie!

Randy from Daily Mile

Stephen R and Honey Doodle from Daily Mile

Blazing fast Matt L running in really cold conditions.  WOOT!

I would also like to take the time to give mega congrats to my running friend TK (Mama Bear) over at pigtailsflying who unknowingly hit her 1000 miles last night while running to meet me at Central Park so that I could hit my 1000 miles.  When I emailed her to congratulate her she said this to me:

I think it’s amazing we hit it on the exact same night! I am glad I didn’t know so you could have your moment to shine on your own, too!

Pretty awesome huh??

This has been a stellar year of running for everybody who has reached beyond the limits and gave it every thing they had.  Tomorrow I will have the big pleasure of running with Scott at 4.30orbust so he can reach his awesome goal of 800 running miles for the year.  He was there for me yesterday and made it that much more special.

I wish each and every one of you a very heathy, safe and Happy New Year and may 2010 bring you more and more running miles.  May you all reach your goals whatever that may be.  It has been my pleasure to share the year with you and I thank you!!!

I’ve got a feeling, Michelle, that 2010 is going to be your kind of year. That you’ll be happier than you’ve ever been, laughing harder, smiling wider, standing taller, walking lighter, dancing crazier, hugging longer, living grander and loving louder.

Can you feel it, too?
The Universe

When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring out how to excel.   “Deena Kastor”

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. Alberto (TJrunr) permalink
    December 30, 2009 9:54 pm

    Awesome acomplishment, I know the best thing of all these miles are the journey.
    Have a Happy New Year. All the best.

  2. December 30, 2009 10:06 pm

    Wow, while your accomplishment of 1000 miles for 2009, with a stunning 130+ mile month in Dec, is amazing, I agree that the outpouring of support from the community to support you along with way is also completely amazing. Am glad to play a small part to help you along!

  3. December 30, 2009 10:16 pm

    Congratulations on reaching the 1,000 milestone! Makes me wonder how many miles I put in this year. Maybe that will be my 2010 goal – to run 1,000 miles!

  4. December 30, 2009 10:16 pm

    Congratulations on your monumental achievement! 1,000 miles is frickin’ amazing! Here’s hoping 2010 brings you even greater running happiness and success!

  5. December 30, 2009 10:26 pm

    Your 1,000 miles is even more impressive when you consider downtime for injury and the logistics involved with running consistently week-after-week.

    New York looks like an amazing place to run but I can imagine that getting motivated in the dead of winter can be a challenge.

    Well done!!

    Ron

  6. December 30, 2009 10:58 pm

    It’s been an honor and privilege to run with you this past month! Rock on Sister!

  7. December 31, 2009 1:58 am

    Congrats! It’s been great getting to know you better this year and I look forward to virtually running alongside you in 2010.

  8. December 31, 2009 2:06 am

    I said it on dailymile, and I’ll say it again here: you are a rock star. I’m hoping to hit half as many miles in 2010. Have you set yourself a goal for next year?

    btw, I think averge mileage for most drivers is around 12,000 miles per year. But I don’t suggest you try and hit that. Yet. 🙂

  9. December 31, 2009 2:13 am

    I totally stand corrected on that average mileage for drivers. Thank you Michael. See, thats how much I know about mileage. NOTHING!!!

  10. December 31, 2009 2:51 am

    Congrats again Michelle savor the accomplishment.

    Best,
    Thomas

  11. December 31, 2009 3:13 am

    Michelle,

    It was truly an honor to run with you this year – looking forward to another great year in 2010!

    Pete

  12. December 31, 2009 3:15 am

    Great job and continued sucess in 2010 !!!

  13. December 31, 2009 4:47 am

    Congrats Michelle! I’m glad I got to be there for it 🙂

  14. December 31, 2009 7:42 am

    Simply EPIC!

  15. Ted permalink
    December 31, 2009 1:01 pm

    This is sooooo cool. Congratulations on your recent milestone. You ought to be so proud of yourself ! I know I am ! You do have outstanding supporters out there and I wish you much success in 2010. *high fives*

  16. December 31, 2009 2:23 pm

    What? You ran more than 1000 miles? Overachiever!! 🙂 You rock Michelle. We all love you and know that is in the giving that you shall receive. Have a safe and fun filled weekend. 2010 is going to be even more EPIC (nod to Ms. V)!!

  17. December 31, 2009 3:38 pm

    Happy New Year!

  18. December 31, 2009 8:54 pm

    way to go girl! i’m so proud of you!!! 🙂

  19. January 2, 2010 1:28 am

    i knew you could do it!! congrats girl! happy new year 🙂

  20. January 3, 2010 4:46 pm

    This is so great. I knew that you could do it. There were some down times when your toe was hurt, but this milestone should prove to you that anything is possible!!! Rock on.

  21. January 5, 2010 8:45 pm

    Great job, here’s to adding 10% this year!

    I wish I only drove 12,000 miles a year, it’s closer to 30,000!

  22. January 7, 2010 2:45 am

    woooohoooooooooooooooo! hope you celebrated with a red velvet cupcake! what a great inspiration you are. congratulations.

  23. January 9, 2010 2:08 pm

    Cheers!! You’re a motivating person, having to read you blog is such a tool for me to keep on going. I shall use my dailymile now often and not neglect it. I see you have made friends and runners are all over, its crazy but amazing! 🙂

    @runaholickassy

  24. January 10, 2010 2:52 am

    Way to go Michelle. When I read about your hamstring hurting, I was concerned that you would push too hard and really hurt yourself. Glad that didn’t happen. You’ve had an awesome year! Hitting 1000 miles is an awesome accomplishment.

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