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?