50 Miles To Go

Getting Ready To Brace The Elements1,950 miles is a lot. That is how many miles I’ve run this year, so far.

Last January, I decided to set a goal of 2,000 miles in an effort to challenge myself in my newfound running obsession. I didn’t really think that I could do it, but it was a number that I figured would keep me going, even when I didn’t feel like going (out for a run). Well, I’ve got to say that so far it has worked. It hasn’t always been easy, and I’m not done yet, but I can now see the finish line.

Setting a goal like this one and (almost) achieving it makes me feel proud. Running 2,000 miles in 1 year cannot be done in 1 day, 1 week or even in 1 good month. It is a long term commitment that requires consistency, effort, and a little bit of luck. I’ve had some minor injuries, but nothing that kept me from running for more than 2 or 3 days. My switch to natural style running has allowed me to run longer, more often, and faster than ever before. My feet are stronger and my balance is much improved. And since I no longer wear those constricting, cushioned shoes anymore, my toes are also much more attractive.

Back in the old days (pre-2010), I could not run more than 3 times a week. My knees would start aching or my back would act up. I really didn’t enjoy running. I only did it in an effort to stay in shape. Nowadays, I look forward to my daily run. It makes me feel better. I run as many times a week as I can, not because I have to, but because it is a lot of fun. In the old days, I found it easy to come up with excuses to skip my training run. But now, hot weather, humid weather, cold weather, rain, snow, wind – nothing seems to get in my way.

I haven’t been nominated for an award or anything, but I do have a few people/things that I want to acknowledge. I’d like to thank my wife, for putting up with my countless R&D purchases over the last couple of years in the name of running. By R&D, I mean like 15 or 20 pairs of various sneakers and minimalist shoes, many toe socks, hats, gloves, balaclavas, calf warmers, etc. I’d like to thank Vibram Fivefingers KSOs, which were my first minimal shoe. I’d also like to thank Soft Star Shoe’s Runamocs, which got me through a pretty cold winter last year. I’ve also benefited from some barefoot training, mostly over the past summer. And finally, I’ve got to thank my GladSoles, in combination with my Toesox Ultra Sports Socks, that will hopefully get me through the rest of this winter.

As I approach my milestone, I hope to enlist my videographer and eldest son, Max, to get some action shots of me running in my GladSoles out on the cold New Jersey streets. And if anyone would like to join me, please let me know, as it would be fun to share this endeavor with some other crazy minimalist runners, out there plugging away every day just like me. Stay tuned…