Like the man on the right, I may be slowing down, but I'm definitely not done.
Here we are with 11 days left to go in 2012.
Depending on how you count it, I either have 36 or 16 miles left to go.
I'm thinking I'll go with the 16 count. If I decide to use that accounting system, I'll probably have this challenge sewn up on Saturday, before J and I leave for our trip to Pittsburgh (this was our non-showering at truck stops compromise for J's itchy foot syndrome). That means I'll go for an 8 mile "run" tomorrow and one on Saturday. (I'm putting "run" in quotation marks because I lower my speed to 4 mph instead of my usual 5 or faster when I go for super long jaunts.)
So, let's look back on how I got to 464/484 miles as of the day before the Mayan end of the world:
In January, a bad cold knocked me out for most of the first two weeks of the year. I finished the month with 27 miles total.
In February, I managed to run 36 miles, for a total of 63 for the year.
In March, I ran 43 miles--the first month of the year that I surpassed my original mileage goal of 42 miles per month. That brought me to 106 miles total.
In April, I fell down on the job and only ran 16 miles. (I'm shaking my fist at my April self right now. Stupid night guy.) That brought me to 122 miles for the year.
In May, I kicked it into overdrive and ran 61 miles, bringing my total to 183 for the year.
Of course, I figured I'd rest on my laurels in June and only ran another 25 miles for 208 total.
July was another "I have plenty of time!" month, with only another 16 miles added to my total--224. (What the heck was I thinking?)
In August, I tried to harness my May energy again, and didn't do too badly--52 miles for the month and 276 total for the year.
This of course meant that I basically took September off again, with only 19 miles for the month, because heaven forbid I keep a streak going for more than one month at a time. I was at 295 miles as we headed into October.
59 miles in October brought me to 354 miles for the year. If I had been going for 400 miles total instead of 500, I would have been sitting pretty. As it was, November and December were clearly going to be a long, ugly slog.
If I had split my miles up evenly between the last two months of the year, I would have run 73 miles in November and December. Instead, I decided to run a pathetic 46 miles in November, leaving me at 400 miles total and 100 miles left to run in December. Yikes.
Then I started thinking about creative accounting. I have a quarter mile cool down with (almost) all of my runs. I skip the cool down on occasion, but I have done it more than 75% of the time. Since I have run 116 times this year, I figure that I can safely count at least 80 of those cool downs--for a total of 20 additional miles.
In any case, since I last checked in, I've run an additional 48 miles, which breaks down thusly: one 3-miler, one 4-miler, four 6-milers, one 7-miler, and one 10-miler.
As much as I'd love to get to 500 without using that "extra" 20 miles, I just don't see how it will happen with traveling next week. So, I'll be pleased to run my last 16 miles as two 8 mile slogs over the next two days.
Then, I'm going to spend the week before New Year's taking baths and demanding foot rubs.
I must say, however, that I am going to miss this challenge in 2013. I love the act of recording my mileage after each run and the sense that I'm working toward something. I don't, however, think that I'm going to do a charity challenge in 2013.
So if you see me making any bombastic claims on January 1, please ignore me. I'll be drunk with the mistaken idea that a year is a long time.