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December 25th, 2017:

2017 challenge: met. I win.

After my run today, I met my goal of 2,017 kilometers.  It was a tough year of running. Sometimes I could run outside, which is actually enjoyable.  I ran in Virginia, Michigan, and Vietnam.  Most of the time, though, I had to run inside.  Running for more than five miles or so on a treadmill is incredibly boring.  I don’t think I would have been able to keep going without something to distract me.  Thank you, Kindle Fire tablet, for providing some entertainment while I was running in place on a treadmill.  Action movies, especially zombie apocalypse shows, helped to keep me motivated.

The year was hard on my feet.  I lost many toenails to the dreaded “black toe” syndrome.  My knees held out pretty well, though.  I don’t think that the additional running burden caused any lasting damage to my body.  The challenge pace is not sustainable, so I will adjust my running back to a more sane regimen of 15-20 miles per week, instead of the 25+ miles per week that the 2017 challenge required.

Even though I won’t set an exercise challenge for 2018, I like the challenge idea.  I will think ofanother challenge for 2018.  What can you do 2018 of in 2018?