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From here on out, my goal is to run an average of 6 miles per day, every day, for the rest of the year. That should put me just a hair past my goal.
A couple of weeks back, I ran the Tri-State Tough Mudder. It was very tough, though I must say I never actually feared for my life. They market the race as an event where one can prove to oneself that one is capable of completing a grueling, borderline insane physical challenge. That's a bit of overkill, I'd say. I didn't come away thinking I'd done the impossible. Instead, I came away thinking that I probably have set the "impossible" bar too low.
I was fairly nervous before the race, but now that it's over I can say that the race is more of a mind-over-matter challenge, so long as the entrant is in decent physical shape (which I am). I also learned that I need to work on my upper-arm strength (read: I need to get some upper-arm strength).
So let's be honest. December will have to be my strongest month of the year if I am going to reach my goal of 1,000 miles. That's a very tall order, and it's much, much easier said than done. That said, it's certainly not impossible. That's the lesson Tough Mudder taught me. It might be tough to reach the goal, but it's not impossible. If I think it is, then perhaps I need to adjust my definition of the word "impossible."