84.5 miles in the last 14 days.
My right knee hurts. My hips are stiff. When I stretch and foam roll... it's painful - like yell out loud painful.
I have 45.5 miles to go (by Christmas) to meet the challenge my 7-year-old son laid down.
This challenge isn't impossible, it's not all that hard for a runner (I wouldn't actually consider myself one), and when I was younger I had completed weeks with higher mileage BUT this challenge is challenging.
This challenge is about more than 130 miles in 24 days. Ever since I have started, my daughter has matched my run with on book... so 14 books in 14 days - she's 5. My son, has logged in OVER 500 minutes of reading. Both, have taken this on their own and put the work in with their own effort... I have not told either to read once.
Every day we talk about the distance left, the workout itself, or something about the challenge... and they share their stuff, too. Some days it's a 20 second chat/mention and other times there's a detailed discussion for a few minutes.
People continually crack jokes or say I am crazy or foolish for taking these things on, but you know what isn't crazy or foolish? The fact that two high achievers are growing from living in an environment where taking on challenges is commonplace.
As 2020 comes we're already working plans that will cruise into the new year because that's what we've been doing since 2018. Every challenge has made me aware of how much I put off until some future date and never followed through as the date came and went.
No more. It's too damn easy to start and chip away and take advantage of the reps.
Just like this challenge, it requires effort over time. Not every day is spectacular. String some days together and younget somewhere.
Last year at this time, I could not have put this mileage in. Hell, not all that long ago I couldn't run a mile because I was so out of shape. This year, I've done days logging 48 mi and 29 mi, respectively.
In 2020, there's plans to do a lot more... and that's great and all... but I will be able to because I started.
And my kids, they'll be able to do more because they've started. And we'll all thrive because we continued.