1,000 Miles

2017 Fitness Goals

My fitness goal for 2017 is very straightforward.

Run 1,000 total miles.


First some backstory.

Out of the 400 plus goals on my bucket list, few of them hold a greater importance to me than my 50 States High Point Challenge.  Up to this point, I’ve successfully summited 31 high points, and by and large, I’ve done so quite easily. Exercise, mostly of the outdoor variety, has been a part of my life for the past decade.  I’m in moderately decent shape.  At least enough so that I’ve been able to ascend Katahdin and Mount Washington without training too hard (despite always taking the most challenging and dangerous routes, much to dad’s dismay).

But that ends now.  This summer the mammoth peaks of the American Southwest await me.  These are some real mountains and in a single week I will attempt to climb the equivalent elevation of going from Everest Base Camp to the summit – TWICE.

Looking even further ahead to 2018/2019 and the ultimate challenges of Gannett Peak, Rainier, and Denali await.

Needless to say, I need to get in really good shape.

This is my 1,000 miles of running plan:


I’ll be the first one to admit that I know nothing about running.  I participated in track and field in high school, but never had to run farther than 400 meters. When it comes to distance, I peaked at the age of 13 in 8th grade in which I ran a 1 mile race in 5:57.  It’s been a bad ten years since…

With this confession in mind, it became overly apparent that I needed to seek outside help.

So I hired a running coach.  By running coach, I mean one of my best friends who was a collegiate runner and a recent marathon finisher. By hired, I mean he took it upon himself out of the goodness of his heart to ensure that I don’t kill myself.

He’s put together a training plan that will allow me to run all 1,000 miles in 2017 in what should be a safe and smart manner.  He has also provided a wealth of additional information that I can utilize to make sure that I can take this training and apply it directly to my mountain climbing goal.

1,000 miles over 365 days comes out to roughly 2.80 miles a day.

This goal is going to be tough.

If you want to follow along, I’m followable on Strava as well as Runkeeper. I’ve discovered that both of these apps provide a great way to measure and track my running as well as give me a place to follow other runners all over the world.

Follow me and I’ll be sure to follow you right back!

Evan Nickel on Strava

Evan Nickel on Runkeeper

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