Okay, let’s be honest, this title should really be “How I absolutely did not come close to running across Texas and I’m okay with that”
Because I am. But nonetheless, I am thankful for this challenge that stayed in the back of my mind when things got rough. Okay so, here’s the deal, I had big plans y’all, like we all did. I was going to find my running mojo again, and run enough miles to virtually run across Texas. Pretty simple right? It was easy, a lot easier than those 1000 miles in a year challenges. In a nutshell I had (have) from July 1, 2020-April 30, 2021 to run 814 miles.
See, simple… in addition to that, you get a fun t-shirt for every milestone (1/4 of the distance) until you earn the ultimate gold shirt. So, I know what you’re thinking… what’s the big problem, because you know, I do run.
It’s a big first world problem, I don’t use Strava… like ever… unless I use my Garmin… I very very very rarely use my Garmin because it gets bored and likes to reset mid run without telling me. If you are a Strava user, all of your mileage is automatically uploaded to your personal dashboard, and your pin is moved along the way. If Strava isn’t your thing, you can also manually input your information which is great for those who do not use the platform.
But this is my problem, I would forget, and would have to backlog mileage from weeks at a time scrolling though the activity app on my phone. Not fun, at all. Or I would forget for an entire month. Basically I have no idea how much I’ve actually ran. I’m not the type to recap monthly mileage either, so remembering to all this was much. Yes the fix is simple to just use Strava, but I didn’t/don’t.
But let’s be real, there’s still hope. I may scale down my goal and maybe just hope for making it halfway, because I know the 814 is probably out of the question, and I’m not going to overwork myself trying to get it. With that being said, I do enjoy seeing challenges like this. I know many people set mileage goals for the year, so this is the type of challenge to check in on you and see how you’re doing, and will also reward you for your milestones. But for now… this is a work in progress and we will just have to wait and se where in Texas I will end up!