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My 2010 plans… run every day and do a virtual barefoot/Vibram run across America!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2010 | 4 Comments

In 2009, I met my long-standing running goal- finishing a 100 mile race.  Where do I go from there?  Get better at running 100s!  I’ve always been a relatively low mileage ultrarunner.  Last year, I ran approximately 900-950 miles (145 or so were race mileage.)  I’ve also been a certified back-of-the-pack ultrarunner.  To improve, I will have to increase my training mileage.  To help stay motivated, I plan to run at least a mile every day in 2010.  I also plan on running from the Atlantic to the Pacific (virtually, of course.)  As much as I would love to actually run coast-to-coast, I have a family and a full-time job… not necessarily conducive to reaching that goal.  Also, I have a litany of races I plan on running in 2010. 

This is how it will work- I’ll be running from Lubuc, Maine to Sand Diego… 3,241 miles in 365 days.  Every mile will be run either barefoot or in my Vibram KSOs.  Most of the mileage will be made up of training runs in and around West Michigan.  I will try to update my progress on this blog as often as possible… and I’ll use the ticker here and on my Facebook page as a tracker.  The journey works out to about 8.8 miles per day… certainly attainable!  So…

Day One

I ran the first six miles as part of the Sgt. Preston/Yukon King 6 mile run in Muskegon, Michigan.  It was a good start!

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  1. Jon H
    January 2, 2010

    Awesome goals!

  2. Donald
    January 1, 2010

    So … you're going to be a barefoot streaker! That sounds a bit risque – you might get some interesting Google searchers to your blog.

  3. Duncan and Joan
    January 1, 2010

    Just writing about the whole matter of "going higher" in 2010 today, Jason. You'll do it, keep us all posted! Thanks for all your inspiration and guidance and best wishes to you and your family in this New Year.

  4. shel
    January 1, 2010

    wow – that is some miles brother! but you can do it if you set your mind to it!