At Across the Years this year I earned a jacket for covering 1000 miles lifetime in my seventh year of running it. That’s the accumulated total from one 24-hour race, one 48-hour race, and five 72-hour races.
(Update: My total following the 2010 race is 1516.58 miles, the fourth most overall. That’s probably where the mileage will remain, as I have no plans to return to the race. Eventually others will overtake me in livetime total.)
It probably doesn’t sound like a very big deal, but I did a little arithmetic and learned that to get a 1000-mile jacket at an annually run standard 26.2-mile marathon (if they even gave one), I would have to run and complete 39 of them.
It’s interesting how a little context can give meaning to a raw statistic