One of my goals for 2017 is running/walking/hiking 2,017 miles. I first wanted to do something like that about five years ago, but talked myself out of it. Then sometime in October I was surfing the web and discovered Run The Edge. It’s a virtual race. That’s geared towards completing 2,017 miles next year. So after thinking about it, I signed up.
If you think about it, it’s actually pretty cool. You can do it as a group of two, three or four. Or just solo. I’m doing it as a group, but my intentions are to still complete the miles on my own. Now I’m not a runner, those who know me or follow me on social media know my disgust for all things cardio. It’s horrible! Like who willingly runs? Psychopaths. That’s who. Ok, maybe not really. But you get what I mean. Running is the purest form of torture from any coach/trainer.
You’re probably asking yourself, if I hate running this much why am I doing this ridiculous challenge. Because it’s a challenge that’s why. I want to be able to say on December 31st, 2017 that I ran/walked/hiked/crawled 2,017 miles. Plus it’s been something on my mind forever.
For someone who’s so anti-running, it should come as no shock that my cardio capacity is horrendous. Thus, my training will start off small. From one to five miles to start with. Then increasing as the year goes on. Ending at a half marathon distance, especially since my dumbass self signed up for a Spartan Beast at the end of the year.
Here are the monthly mileage goals:
August: 204 (Half Marathon training begins)
I know. The mileage seems daunting. I’m looking at it right now, crying. But it’s more doable than you think. So on top of walking, hiking, and actual running. I’ll be doing some of my miles on an elliptical. My daughter will be joining me on many of these miles. Especially in the summer time after I get off of work. We love walking around the neighborhood and our typical walk is about 3 miles. Most days will be broken up so I can actually accomplish the miles I wish to achieve.
If you want to join the 2017 Miles in 2017 challenge go to the Run the Edge website and sign up. Day one is when we can put everyone into teams. I have eight people signed up already. But the max is four people. We have our own Facebook group and everything. So if you’re interested feel free to email me at Kristy@kristykronas.com. The cost is roughly $60 for the medal and shirt. Plus you get bibs every time you hit a hundred mile marker.
Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this March when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!
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