*I am still processing the events of last weekend. I haven’t been able to put my thoughts about that on to paper yet.
I ran through colds and tendinitis. I ran through metatarsalgia and plantar fasciitis. I ran through Blizzards (Nemo) and knee deep mud pits. It has been a good 168 days, covering 958 miles. During those 958 miles I raced a 5K, a 5 miler and a 100-miler. I ran fast (in the 6’s) and slow (in the 16’s). All along you have been with me, supporting me, pushing me, giving back to me much more than I gave. I want to thank you for all of the love you have shown me and #AutismStreaks over the first 168 days of the year.
As Chaucer said so many centuries ago, “All good things must come to an end.” Unfortunately, the beating I took over the weekend was simply too much for me to continue my daily miles, even at walking pace. I will write in more detail in my race recap, but the mud was ultimately too much for my shin muscle. Two days after completing 100 miles in just under 28 hours, my leg just could not take the repetitive impact of covering a mile without swelling up like an overstuffed sausage. I am heartened however to know that there are others who will carry on based in part because of what they saw here and on my Facebook Page.
•My friend Diana just hit Day 80 of HER #AutismStreaks.
•My friend Lisa could not walk up a flight of stairs at the beginning of my streak without losing her breath. In her words, she now runs 2 -3 miles like it was second nature.
•My friend Shannon is running a mile a day in part because of #AutismStreaks.
Every day I get to see the both Diana and Lisa’s Charity Miles posts and it makes me smile.
I am sad despite knowing I am doing the right thing; and I know that ending this streak simply means I am taking a break. I will be back once I have healed, maybe even to start another streak.
In the meantime, keep running and as my friend Jack said to me last night when he saw my post ending my #AutismStreaks, “It’s Miller Time.”
See you on the roads and trails,
Some of my favorite moments from #AutismStreaks…