1000 miles in 1 year. That is my goal.

Early in 2010, my husband and I learned we'd be moving to Germany. Among our initial excitement about bratwurst, schnitzel, and beer fests, one thought made me fret: how would I burn off all those calories?! I didn't expect gyms to be as easily available here as they are in the US. I liked to run, but I needed some motivation. And thus inspired my goal: 1000 miles of jogging and running over the course of my 30th year - I started counting on September 16, 2010, my 30th birthday.

I'm a consistent median athlete, having swam, jogged, gym-ratted, softballed, field hockeyed, and rowed from childhood through college. I'm not super-skinny or super-cut. I'm average. I'm just a person running about 20 miles a week, about 3 miles a day - and in an elite runner's life, that's not outstanding. This isn't an incredible goal I've set, but I hope it's a realistic and challenging one, as I'll discover throughout this year.

Dear readers, I hope my story inspires you to get outside, get in shape, and go for a run. Please set your own running goals and participate with me as I meet all the challenges of running 1000 in 1 year.