Today marks my second to last day on the treadmill. Friday I venture to the streets. At the risk of stating the obvious, the greatest challenge with logging so many mile on the treadmill is more mental than physical. I am convinced that perspective is what makes all the difference in the world. I consciously remind myself every single day how lucky I am to do what I do. There are so many people that have it so much worse than I do. There are people that have physical limitations and there are others who have mental limitations. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to do this. I am 41 years old, yet yesterday I broke the 1,000 mile mark for 2012 already and truly feel that this is still the 'training' phase or preparation phase of this year.
For those of you that have not read more of my story, I spent almost six years in a Federal Prison and the only kind of running I could do there was on a 1/3 mile track, for two years, logging just over 5,000 miles in Northern Minnesota, all of it outside, year round, suddenly, the treadmill at home does not seem like such a challenge.
Beginning in just about two weeks my plan is to run the route of the marathon that is held in my home town every day, I will begin March 15th and do not plan on stopping until______? The LaCrosse Fitness Festival Marathon is a Boston qualifier, so the route is legitimate, I will be using the Runmeter app on my i-phone and I will be Tweeting my progress as I go. I will run regardless of the weather and after running in Duluth Minnesota weather for two years behind a fence, I believe I am more than prepared for the challenge.
The fact that I ran over 5,000 miles behind that fence including a 40 mile run (the month of my 40th birthday) and 59 unofficial consecutive marathons (from Aug 7th, 2010 through Oct 4th, 2010) is not as big of a deal until you realize that I did it without the support that I have now. I now receive encouragement and motivation from all over the country as well as all over the world. Sometimes it actually gives me goose bumps! I can only hope to motivate and inspire others the way that others have motivated and inspired me.
...Like I said, the hardest part about achievement is usually mental - take that out of the equation and you really have no idea what you are capable of!
Jeffrey J. Miller
Soon to be New York Times best selling author
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