Mile 1500: The Next Step


“Don’t proclaim eternal victory.
Come on and change the course of history.”
–Muse, “Apocalypse Please”

Miles Last Week: 58
Total Miles: 1500!!!

Seven months ago, I elected to do 1,500 miles because it seemed achievable by the end of the year. In no circumstance did I imagine reaching the end a week and a half before Thanksgiving–especially since I’ve been so terrible at keeping up with my other goals this year (i.e., the unfinished novel).

But, alas. Here we are:

Mile Zero: 04/10/2013
Mile 1,500: 11/16/2013
Weeks of working out: 32
Pounds lost: 32 (well, that’s a little freaky)
Record speed: 4.91 miles in 65 minutes (on a tread climber)

Whoa. Can I just say that again?


I crossed mile 1,500 yesterday morning on a bike machine. I had already done several on the tread climber, but the last mile was finished on the bike. I have to say that I felt reasonably good about it. Then, I had a decision to make.

Where do we go from here? Which is the way that’s clear?

There’s only one answer.

Family motto of the Robinsons. Source

Family motto of the Robinsons.

Keep moving forward.

Even when I started, I knew that I wasn’t going to call it quits after 1,500 miles. I’m not done. Also, I’m not ready to share an after picture yet. Yeah, that may have something to do with it…

I hereby instate a new plan: keep going, see how many miles we can do by the end of the year, and come up with a new number for 2014.

I’ve also taken the liberty of setting a few new rules.

1.) Limited biking.
The bike machine is fun, and it’s a good way to rack up miles, but I don’t want to rely on it, either. It’s time to cut back to  just one session every few weeks or so.

2.) Try new things.
Apparently you have to keep your muscles guessing or they’ll slip into a rut. Luckily, Pinterest is chock full of workouts, and there is a class or two that I can attend at the gym. I suppose I should branch out.

3.) Diet. Uuuuggghhhhh.
You can’t see me right now, but I just rolled my eyes so hard that my head fell backward. Sadly, I still have not mastered the whole “non-high-calorie dinner” thing. I’m also reasonably certain that the holidays aren’t really going to help with that–which is why I have to keep a close eye on my calorie intake.

Mo’ miles, mo’ problems. Here’s to the next month and a half!

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