Final strides

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The 2021 winter solstice came and went Tuesday, along with another 6 miles hopefully on the way to 1,000 for the year.

On the way seemed within reach back in January, February and March, when we embarked on the inaugural 1,000-Mile Challenge presented by iRun Local. It still seemed that way in April before going off the rails in May, returning somewhat in June and flying off the tracks again in July and August.

The mileage meter only read 500 at the end of August, leaving 500 for the final four months of the year. The Bourbon Chase – a 12-person team relay covering about 200 miles in Kentucky – helped provide motivation to get rolling in September and October. Signing up for the Red River Gorge 25K Trail Race – again in Kentucky – also helped keep the motivation rolling from November through mid-December, not to mention being in the entries for the Phunt 25K Trail Race come mid-January down in Maryland.

So where do things stand, here on Dec. 22 in upstate New York and now that the days are apparently getting longer?

The 2021 mileage through Tuesday stood at 966.6, leaving 33.4 to hit the target. Easy math, just 3.34 per day. Just over a 5K. A favorite slogan, “anyone can run a 5K,” rings in my head more than jingle bells these days.

However, based on my strike rate of 33 miles per week (or slightly more than 4.7 per day) for the last four weeks it looks like 1,000 could or should be reached in about a week. Nothing feels sweeter than finishing off the 1,000 with three or four days to spare.

Everything after that – if there is anything left in the tank – will be gravy.


So how are the other members of the team faring? Joe figures to hit the 1,000 first of the ST “trio.” He sits at 980.2 through Tuesday. Sean continues to battle a troublesome injury and will likely finish out the year at 451.1.