Sunday, May 18, 2008

One Year Down, Two to Go

Today marks a full year that I've been tracking my runs. More importantly, it represents exactly one-third of the way to May 18, 2010 which is the last day that I have to complete my run across the US from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. I've been tracking my progress on the upper-right corner of the blog.

I drove about 7 hours today so I had some time to reflect on what the last year meant to me in terms of running. I've had plenty of great running highs (and lows) and at the end of the day, I'm eternally grateful that I started this sport in the first place. After all, after losing more than 75 pounds from this sport, it's tough not to understand why I run.

But the biggest part of my year was the New Orleans Marathon. It was the pinnacle and celebration of my training and hard work. It was an accomplishment that I'll remember forever and I couldn't be happier to have completed something that I absolutely never thought I could do. (To see the progress, click here.)

OK, that's the reflection on the last year part. Here's the looking forward part. I have run around 850 miles since I started (May 18, 2007) and I'm a little shy of exactly one third of the way to Los Angeles. My knee is feeling better and the weather is getting warmer, so I'm excited to get back out on the roads to enjoy myself and this great sport.

For heaven's sake, I'm almost in St. Louis. I've run the equivalent of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to St. Louis, Missouri. That's a ridiculous amount of miles and I'm very proud I've done it. But now it's time to run the remaining 69% and land in LA by the time I graduate from law school: two years from now--May 18, 2010.

Here I come, road! I hope you're ready!


Andrew is getting fit said...

You are a legend. Don't forget that once you get there you need to come back! ;)

Susan said...

Congrats, Greg! EXCELLENT job.

ShirleyPerly said...

Congrat on your cross-country progress! I hope the rest of your journey is as exciting. Great to hear your knee continues to improve.

CewTwo said...

I, too, was there. We are brothers in that regard. Running has been very good for me.

An excellent, succinct way in which to reflect on why running is good!

Thanks for sharing!

Run on! Run on!

Petraruns said...

I like the reflection - it's good to look back on what you've achieved and use it to power yourself ahead. I'll be thinking of you (and your knee) as I get back on track myself..

Runner Leana said...

Nice progress! It is so amazing to see how far you have come, especially when you've mapped it out that way. It really helps to put it in perspective. All the best for the coming miles!