200 Blog Posts and 13.1 Miles Later

You’re all still with me. Really? I had this idea as I noted that I was getting close to a 200th blog post. Only two or so years into my little home on the web, I realize that I’ve found what I love about doing this; they’re my thoughts, stories, and life, unfiltered. Pen to paper so to speak, and you follow along. Whether it’s out of obligation or because you really enjoy what I have to say, you’re still here. I’m humbled by that. So, thank you and thank you again. Now onto #200!

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, Not because they never found it, But because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” William Feather

I have so much to be thankful for this year. Sure, I’ve had my share of setbacks, but I think they’re common in the regular ebb and flow of life.

Exactly one year ago, I was feeling miserable. A year ago, I looked like this:

Muppet Me

I’ve written about this before, my six-day stint in the hospital wasn’t really a pleasant one, it reminded me that maybe I am not as invincible as I thought. Shortly thereafter, I made a promise to myself: A half marathon by year’s end.

So today – as this post hits the ether – I embark on that goal. Today I will be running the “Holiday Half Marathon,” 13.1 miles. Some may think I’m crazy to do so, I was one of them.

Then I started running. My first run, the “Race for the Roses” 5k (3.1 miles,) was the longest run I had done out on the road when I started. It wasn’t too bad, but I wasn’t hooked. I was still somewhat lost. I hadn’t really understood the best way to train.

Then, in August, I really got serious about running. I started to run outside, since it was nice. I started planning routes around my home, enjoying the run. There are hills and I’m crazy, so I recorded video:

And then I noticed that I could run and I was consistent. But I needed goals, so I signed up for the Oktoberfest 10k Road Race (6.2mi):

And then the “Run Like Hell 10k (6.2 Mi)”

And the “Hot Buttered Run 12k (7.5mi)”

Since July 1st, I have run 158.6 miles. With my longest run to date being 11.2(ish) miles. That’s a lot of miles on these tires. And yes, I can’t wait to run some more.

I certainly have not done this alone. I really have to thank a couple of people who have encouraged me (Tim,) answered my questions (Cory and Clark,) and kicked my butt from time to time, when I needed it, of course (Mark.)

Mark & Tim, thanks for joining me on this and many other running adventures. Cory, thanks for “running me in,” as they say.

If you’d like to see my evolution as a runner as I’ve blogged it, check out my previous posts on the topic

So today: December 11th, 8 AM – I embark on completing my goal.

To finish a half marathon.

I have a goal in mind that I would love to complete. We’ll see if I can do it.

If you would like to watch me run it, and see my progress, you may catch a “glympse” here. Or, I may actually be live tweeting how much it sucks. Either way, I’ll cross the finish line, even if I’m crawling.

See you all on the other side.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Congratulations! Very very inspiring!

    1. Schnik says:

      Thanks Corey. I’m glad I did it. I think I’ll take a little time between this and the next one. 🙂

  2. Andy Hayes says:

    You are much stronger than I think you give yourself credit for. Congratulations on achieving both a physical and emotional milestone, and sharing it with us classic Schnik style. It’s inspiring.

    1. Schnik says:

      I have my moments. Today was pretty tough. I’m glad you’re here with me. 🙂

  3. Although I *so* don’t understand running as a sport (is someone chasing you?) congrats on reaching your goal (and on hitting 200 blog posts). Big improvement over a year ago… I think we prefer this year’s Schnik to last year’s hospitalized version.

    1. Schnik says:

      Thanks Aaron, I prefer this Schnik, too, comparatively. 🙂

  4. jesstracey says:

    It’s always awesome to hear about someone who goes so far. Congratulations!

  5. Munchkin says:

    I’m so proud of you. You’ve accomplished great feats this year and have done so much to have secured your place as someone that I have and always will look up to. Yes, here I am almost 27 years old and I still, to this day, look up to my cousin who has been many things to me: a big brother, a father and, most importantly, a best friend. I love you and hope you continue on this path of greatness. (Yes, I am tearing a bit here.)

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