I started running in 2008 and got my first Garmin late that year. The other day as I was updating my run database I noticed that I was getting close, and today I reached:
10,000 miles of running.
Not 10k meters, 10K miles, ha ha...the really LONG 10k.
It's been a long and fun road, with challenges and triumphs as well as some tough moments. I have stayed at my weight of 170-178 the entire time (no more 220+ for me!) and only had a few injuries, none of which stopped me from running for more than about 6 weeks.
I run smarter now than I did in 2008 and get more from my aging body and do it without injury. Back then I didn't do any core or other strength training and didn't even know about foam rollers! Now I would marry my foam roller if bigamy was allowed ;)
I've run a 3:54 marathon and a 1:48:30 half marathon, and a 49:18 10k. These race times came after a lot of running, planning and finally, doing! 8)
For several years, I've used a running form that is "Chi"-like: a fast cadence, very little bounce, lean forward at ankles to increase speed, hips not tilted back, open out stride with hip rotation to go faster, lower leg/calf should be loose, good arm snap to the back. It works really well for me. (I don't really believe in the 'mystical energy' part of Chi..I think that's just a good way of visualizing the form)
Here's the stats:
1685 hours of running
10:07 average pace
122 BPM average HR
6 half marathons
Here's the breakdown by year:
I'm on target to reach at least 1300 miles this year (assuming no flu or colds etc).
On to the next 10,000 miles!