Today, our crack reporter at “Just a Little Run” (Mike) was fortunate enough to catch up with Mike to talk to him about his recent attainment of “thousandaire” status. He joins us despite his busy training schedule.
Interviewer (Mike): So, how do you feel about your new status?
Mike: I feel great! It’s quite an accomplishment and I’m stoked that I have reached it so early in the year. It’s funny though cause running 1000 miles was my goal last year as well, but I didn’t make it. I guess that makes it even sweeter!
Interviewer (Mike): Why 1000? Why not 500 or 2000 or 5000? Also, we’ve heard that some people are suggesting that you haven’t actually reached 1000 miles yet. Can you explain?
Mike: Well it’s a funny story actually. Early last year, a buddy of mine decided that he was tired of being out of shape and that he was gonna sign up to run a half-marathon to keep him honest with his running and training. Why a half-marathon? Well honestly, it seemed like such an insanely long run, that we both thought we would be totally legit if we could do it. We also realized that a marathon was probably a bridge too far. So anyway, we both registered for the half-marathon and began to train diligently. Our training went well, and we both completed the half-marathon in March 2010. I was even lucky enough that Julie trained and ran it as well. Well after the run, I was amazed that I was able to complete it and decided right there that I would sign up for a marathon and would also try and run 1000 miles for the year. 1000 miles just seemed like an insane number that would be really hard to achieve and would also mean that I was a legitimate runner if I could get there. Well last year I didn’t make it, but this year I reset the goal and worked hard to achieve it.
As for the controversy surrounding whether or not I have actually reached
1000 miles, that has to do with a 22 mile disparity between my trusty training spreadsheet and my DailyMile profile. According to my records, I have 1005 spreadsheet miles and 983 DailyMiles. Before joining the DailyMile, I used Nike+ and my spreadsheet to track my mileage. As I was becoming more disillusioned with my Nike + (read about it here), I began to experiment with other run logging applications as well as running with no watch or gadget. Well in that timeframe, I ran a few runs unplugged that got entered on my spreadsheet, but not on Nike+ (you can’t log workouts there that were not done with a Nike+ gadget), so they never got uploaded to the DailyMile. There is no controversy really, I did the miles, but once I realized the disparity a few days ago, I did not want to add a workout to DM purely to sync the numbers. Besides, I will hit the landmark on DM this week.
Interviewer (Mike): What’s next for you?
Mike: I’m going to Disney World of course! No, but seriously, I am gonna keep chugging along. No mileage goal for the rest of the year, but I figure that I will probably run about 1500 miles once it’s all said and done this year. The really crazy thing is that now I am training for a 50 miler, so with 4 months left this year, I should get some nice miles in. While I love the number, I am trying to look past the quantity and focus on the quality of my runs.
Interviewer (Mike): Thanks for your time Mike. It’s been great spending time with you. By the way, do you have any sponsors?
Mike: Well you’re very welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing this interview in print! As for sponsorship, unfortunately no. I have no sponsors and have to come out of pocket for everything! That includes 3 pairs of Saucony Kinvaras so far this year, hundreds of PowerBar Strawberry-Banana Gels, 2 pair of Nike running shorts, 6 pair of Injinji Toe Socks, and much much more. I love to run and I love to write, so if anyone wants to offer up some gear for me to try out and review, I’d be more than happy to oblige!
Wow! Can you believe it? My first running interview! Crazy, huh?