I just ran my 100,000th mile, lifetime. I kept very poor records for many years, so I've spent several weeks saying, "Well, that's probably it." Today, it's certain I went over, maybe by as much as 100 miles. I'd considered having a big celebration, as it's probably my last running milestone of any sort, but I ran almost all those miles by myself, and almost all in the same place near my home. My last three miles were exactly like my first three: I didn't tell anyone I was going to do it, I ran around the lake next to my house and I ran about the same pace.
Think about how far that is for a moment: it's 4 times around the equator. It took me more than 4 decades to do. My highest mileage year was 1987, when I ran over 5000 miles. In 2012, I was so badly injured I limped about 500.
I'm not the first person to do it, by any means. I won't be the last. But it's still a small club.
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