One Thousand Kilometers (And Six Hundred)

1000. 600. Those are some BIG numbers! This is my 600th post (whoa!) and I couldn’t be more happy than to be writing about One Thousand Kilometers.

It all started this time last year. What did I want to do in 2014? Why did I want to do it?

The WHAT: Run 1000km in 2014

The WHY: Simply to challenge myself.

The REAL WHY: I want to be active and healthy for me and my little family.

This past weekend, I finally ran my 1000th kilometer on Saturday Nov 29th 2014 as part of Exit Realty 5k Toy Trot. I ran it with my running buddy, Krystol. We were dressed up as Olaf. It was sunny outside and the air was crisp and cold! I’ll recap this run for ya soon!

1000 Kilometers PR

I’ve never tracked my mileage before this year or the amount of soccer games I’ve played. I’m pretty sure I’ve played close to 1000 soccer games in the 29/30 years I’ve been playing the sport but obviously never kept track. It’s all good.

My running goals this year were:

  • 5k – under 29:16 minutes – Done
  • 10k – under 60 minute – Done
  • 1/2 Marathon (2nd since 2006) – Done
  • Run four times a week and once outside – Done (except for 1 week post half marathon)
  • Run 1000 km – Done

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I’ve reached all my goals and it’s pretty friggin’ exciting! Now I can sit back and be super lazy until 2015!

1000 km goal

Ha ha, just kidding. I will continue to run, play soccer, go to yoga randomly and hopefully start skiing and snowshoeing sooner than later.

Obviously, this Mother Runner wouldn’t have run 1000 km without help from a few of my favourite people: my husband, my parents, my sister, my running buddy and some amazing running communities (on and offline). Thank you 🙂

We bought a treadmill last January and I know most people hate them….those lovely “dreadmills” but I love mine. THE BEAST enabled me to run on those days when my husband was away and I had to be with the girls – which lets be honest – that was probably 60% of my runs this year! I would not be where I am at with my running if it wasn’t for having a treadmill.

I’ve run 10 races/events which is nuts to me!!! Some more challenging than others, some I hated, some where I was a complete ball of nerves, some I struggled mentally and physically and some I powered through and surprised myself (and maybe a few others too!). In the end I had a goal in sight. A hard goal for this full-time mama (part-time single parent), wife, full-time work and everything else that life threw at me this past 11 months. Somehow, I did it!

Reflecting back on this goal has made me realise that I’m more determined, focused and really stubborn then I thought I was. I also had a lot of support behind me. I have a hard time admitting this but I’m stronger than I think. I hope that’s the person my girls see when they see me; as an active, strong, healthy and inspiring Mom. I’m strong enough to run 1000 kilometers but I sure didn’t think that when I started last January with this lofty goal.

Now what do I plan for 2015?

Have you ever surprised yourself with goals you’ve set?

What’s your running/workout goal this year that you’ve achieved?

Have you started thinking about 2015 yet?

And yeah for my 600th post!

 

 

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29 thoughts on “One Thousand Kilometers (And Six Hundred)

  1. Congrats x 1000 x 600! Those are incredible numbers! And that Olaf costume is genius, and kudos to you for running in tulle. I definitely am not a one for that (I have a thing about tulle…). I think the whole running a marathon number was something that I never thought I could or would do. I’ve had issues with injuries, so I don’t know what my all time running numbers for a year would/could be, but it would be pretty darn cool to find out–maybe next year!

    • Thanks Suz! I actually really enjoyed running in the costume and the tutu wasn’t bad. However, my running buddy had to keep moving her’s around. You should totally keep track next year 🙂

  2. Congrats on your 1000 km! What an awesome milestone!! Take your lazy time, you’ve definitely earned it!

    At this time last year I was a new runner and the longest I’d run was 5 miles. I achieved so many of my goals this year – I ran my first half marathon and then my first FULL marathon! And, although this wasn’t one of my goals, I realized a couple weeks ago that I had hit 1000 miles this year so that was pretty awesome too!

    Lots of big things planned for 2015. I want to try some new distances, like a 15K and a 10 miler. I’m not going to do anything longer than a marathon, but I do want to improve my half marathon and full marathon times this coming year.

    CHEERS to you!

    PS – I’m also an advocate of the treadmill. I try to use it only once a week, at most, but I’ve found it’s a great way to do speed and interval workouts and it’s become very helpful now that it’s dark out so early.

    • Thanks Hanna! I’m going to keep running but now that I’ve reached the big goal I can relax a little more with my running and do other things 🙂 You sure have achieve some major goals this year – well done AND 1000 miles!!!!!
      I want to do a Full Marathon and was thinking 2015 Fall would be my choice but I’ve yet to commit to it.
      I love my treadmill but I see so many people saying how much they hate them and dread having to run. I feel very lucky to have that opportunity rather then miss a run/training.

  3. What a great post and what a great accomplishment! I’ve known all along that you are way stronger than you think you are, glad you are finally realizing it 😉 1000 km is an incredible accomplishment for anyone, much less when you have so much on your plate, it’s totally amazing! Way to go!

    • Thanks Sarah! It’s been a fun year of running, that’s for sure! You should totally make Olaf – it’s really easy to do! Sticky felt, safety pins, white shirt, tutu and you’re good to go!

  4. Wow! Congrats on meeting all your goals, and fitting in so many races this year! You rock!

    I love your outfits for the race! So cute!

    And I think it’s great that you have a treadmill and love it! I hope no one gives you grief over it – the way you wrote about it made me think maybe someone is! But to each their own! Get them miles in (really, workout) however!

    • Thank you 🙂 I never thought I would run that many races in a year! I don’t get any grief about having a treadmill but I hear so many people saying negatively that they had to run on a “dreadmill” and how terrible it was. I’m very thankful to have one and not have to miss a run or any training.

  5. Awesome job! You had a truly sensational year! And way to go running on the treadmill to keep your mileage going. That can be tough, but they are a great tool when you need them.

  6. Congrats on hitting 1000K that is so awesome! And great costume – I saw Frozen for the first time a couple of months ago and loved Olaf! My goal this year was to complete my first full marathon and I actually enjoyed the training and the race.

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  8. 600 posts is a long time to blog! Very cool, congratulations! and 1000k is a big milestone too. It takes a lot of work to get there.

  9. Amazing job!!!

    I love your Olaf outfit!

    Running a marathon this year was a pretty big feat. I always said that I would never run one, I couldn’t run that long, etc. BUT, I realized that yes, I can run for long distances. Not fast, but I can run for 42.2KM.

    No big plans for 2015 yet, except PB the 10K

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