Yesterday I crossed the finish line of my January “Someday”: running and/or walking 1200 workout miles during the calendar year. I put in miles on the treadmill last winter and early spring and again late this fall when the weather turned bad. I put in miles in snow, rain, and heat. I put in miles in Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, Portland, Seattle, The Redwoods, Las Vegas, the Oregon and Washington Coasts, Los Angeles, New York, Rome, Cortona, and Venice. My monthly mileage has been right around 100 miles except for October when we were in Italy much of the month. I quietly finished yesterday with three miles on the treadmill before dawn and then a three mile walk on our snowy paths. There was no finisher’s metal, no finish line crowds; in fact, my husband is the only one who knows right now that I made it to my goal.
So where’s the woo-hoo? Surprisingly, I feel a little ambivalent about completing this year-long quest. I did it. I’m glad I did it, but I don’t think I’m taking away from the experience the excitement and enthusiasm I expected. The reality is, I did this as a physical challenge, but my physical condition is worse than when I started. I weigh more and my flexibility and strength have declined due to decreased stretching and weight lifting as I’ve dedicated more of my workout time to running and walking. I’m actually relieved to be done so I can go back to a more rounded workout routine. I’ll still be on the treadmill or the paths almost daily, but without the need to maintain a 4-mile per day average, six days a week and I’ll also be able to add in more varied workout activities. So, woo-hoo for me! I completed my goal. Maybe sometimes an achieved “Someday” isn’t all we expect it to be. Maybe it’s true you can’t do it all and a commitment to one thing means you can’t do something else. As time goes on, I think I will be more proud and more gratified of doing something healthful not many people have matched. For now I am going to take the best of this – the motivation to be healthy – and apply it to 2017 and the rest of my life!