The gentle rain and a wet nose awaken a simple fellow from his slumber. The sky is brightening slowly with the dawn, as he reminds himself that today is the day. Today is the first day of a new commitment; a healthier commitment. Resolute in his desire to tackle such an endeavor, he begins the first of 1,000 miles.
Driving back from an entirely entertaining and yet nearly entirely unhealthy weekend, the song "I'm gonna be" by The Proclaimers came upon the radio. Singing along, our protagonist's mind drifted to the actual words of the song "I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more, just to be the man who walk a thousand miles to fall down at your door". Though none of the members of The Proclaimers actually walked 1,000 miles with a goal in mind in preparation of the song, our dear fellow wondered what it would take to complete the goal. He has spent many days walking along various gravel, paved, and dirt paths though he never counted the miles. So out of this drive home came the mission: To run 1,000 miles within the next 5 months and 26 days, with the last mile arriving at his beloved's door.
The same reason anyone has a personal goal. Whether that goal be related to art, fitness, money, or leisure each person who sets a goal for the reason of achieving it. Completing 1,000 miles of running will not change the world, it will not summon any accolades, nor secure riches unknown. The goal is one of personal development, both physical and mental. In the process, this journey will prepare our humble protagonist for the moment when he crosses the threshold into his beloved's arms.
Roughly a daily journal will be kept, in a narrative of both the triumphs and pitfalls. Though not a strict vegan, our protagonist understands the benefits of such a life, and will try to reduce animal derived sources of food from his life. To keep a focus on what is eaten, the foods consumed will be recorded along with the distances covered each day (including those days where health may not be at the forefront of his mind).
With a lengthy introduction completed, a brief entry has been created for the day. Although the day began slowly, a breakfast of toast and peanut butter helped to power a 3 mile run. A single succulent wild harvested raspberry, hanging quietly along the side of the trail as a small reward. The afternoon/evening meal of a cream of cauliflower soup and a fresh apple rounded out the day.
Total miles ran: 3
Total animals subjugated: 0!