The 1,151.2 Mile Challenge: 2012!

A few days ago I was out on a run with my German Shepard, Chase, being the big brave dog that he is he got scared of an American Flag and caused a little accident. I cut open my knee and the fall ripped a whole in one of my favorite pair of running pants.Where am I getting with this? KEEP READING AND YOU’LL FIND OUT! (great lesson, a little inspiration, and an awesome take away!)

Meet Chase (loving and playful)

Last night I was shopping in my ALL time favorite clothing store lululemon for new running pants. Alecia, an energetic very awesome and helpful sales woman helped me pick out the perfect pants for what i was looking for. We got to talking and I told her I needed running pants that would keep me warm while running through the cold Wisconsin winter while training for my FIRST FULL MARATHON!

lululemon's clothes are AMAZING and their employess are AWESOME!

Alecia down right inspired me. Enough to write a blog about and enough to create my own version of her running challenge her and her boyfriend are thinking about conquering as well!

So here it is The 1,151.2 Mile Challenge: 2012!

The Challenge: Run 1,151.2 Miles.
The Reward: For EVERY mile I run I will put away $1 into a $MONEY$ Jar!
By the end of 2012 I will be in great shape, happy, healthy, and will have saved $1,151.20 as a treat to myself! (with this money I can travel, keep saving and building on it, donate it to charity, and/or much much more!)

Plain and simple but definitely a challenge + a lot of work =Β  a huge pay off! (no pun intended) πŸ˜‰

I've already started! This is MY $MONEY$ Jar! $6.50 = 6.5 miles!

So you may be wondering where i got this random # of 1,151.2 for my 1,151.2 Mile Challenge, am i right? Well here is the break down:

–Β  By May 27th, 2012…the end of my Marathon training I will have run 506.2 miles total (based on my training plan)
–Β  My Race is 150 days away. 365-150=215.
–Β  (215)(3)=645. I get the 3 miles for the plan of running 3 miles a day on average.
–Β  506.2+645= 1,151.2 This is both my mile goal and my savings goal! YES!

I admit I’m not GREAT at math, never has been my strong subject, but after checking and double checking I am fairly confident my math is correct. If you catch an error in my math PLEASE let me know! I want to succeed in my challenge 100% NO SHORTCUTS!

The take away points from this story and this challenge:

1. If Chase hadn’t have been such a great watch dog (aka scaredy dog) I wouldn’t have fallen and I wouldn’t have ripped a whole in my pants. BUT if ALL these things hadn’t of happened I most likely would not have been in lululemon the other night and I wouldn’t have met Alicia! (THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING ME AND FOR PLANTING AN “IDEA SEED” IN MY HEAD)

2. EVERYTHING happens for a reason

3. There is ALWAYS a (+) Positive in EVERY (-) Negative.
(Positives: My knee will heal, i got new pants, met an awesome and inspiring person, this goal got created)

4. A goal of mine for 2012 and motto to live by in 2012 is “saving and earning“, thus, by doing The 1,151.2 Mile Challenge: 2012 i will be saving and earning:
EARNING: Self-motivation, happiness, pride, BIG sense of achievement, $1,151.20, a healthy mind and body, accomplishment, determination, the list could go on but i think you get the point.

I hope you guys are enjoying my blog thus far! I am really excited about this new journey of blogging and hope you will join along with me.

If interested you can subscribe to my blog via email by clicking the “YES! Send me new posts!” button in the upper right corner of the page. (I will only be blogging one or two days a week to be mindful of your inbox, yet still provide/spread some inspiration and motivation. The days are still TBD but I’ll keep you posted!)

Do you have any big goals set for 2012?! If so I would love to hear them in the comment section bellow! πŸ™‚


Nothing but love, peace, & happiness.


I made this ALL in photoshop! Example of my digital work πŸ˜‰

16 Responses to “The 1,151.2 Mile Challenge: 2012!”
  1. Joe Sweeney says:

    High Five!

    Save & Earn

    N –> P

    Love it

    You’re a great writer

    I can feel your energy jumping off the pages – YESSSS!!!!


  2. lizhalpern says:

    Amazing and Inspiring!

  3. aworkoutaway says:

    YES! that’s all πŸ™‚ GO DARIAN! for every mile you run I will also put a dollar in a jar for you. and by dollar I mean praise, a smile, and/or TONS OF YES! πŸ˜‰

    • Kelsey!
      Thank you for bringing your optimism, happiness, excitement, encouragement, and energy to my blog!
      Keep those YES!’s coming!
      Have a VERY HAPPY 2012!

      • aworkoutaway says:

        P.S. you should post WHENEVER inspiration comes to you! your followers have the option of receiving immediate, daily or just weekly emails with your updates! so don’t worry about flooding inboxes πŸ™‚

  4. Josh says:


    That’s a great idea…and the $1,151.20 you save will probably just about pay for the clothes you buy at lululemon πŸ™‚

    Seriously, we do this with coupon savings, and it seems like a great motivational technique for running. I think I will try it (but I’ll start with a dollar for every day I run…then work up to milage). Let’s get out the door first!

    • Hey Josh!
      Glad you like the idea! I think its a great one too! You are right about lululemon’s clothes, pricey, but SO comfortable and very well made!!

      Coupon saving is a great technique as well! Have you ever actually logged how much you are saving by using them out f your own curiosity?! I’m sure its a lot!

      I’d love to hear about your successes with getting out the door and getting back on the “track”! SUNDAY is your day and marks a NEW YEAR! YOU CAN DO IT!

      Lastly, with goal setting make it very clear what your end goal is, if you want it to be a $1 a day tell yourself “I WILL HAVE $365 SAVED IN A JAR THAT WILL BE LOCATED _______ BY JANUARY 1ST, 2013” this way you know what you are trying to accomplish and will notice when you are falling behind your goal.

      Have a very happy, healthy, and motivated 2012!! Hope to see you around soon!

      • Josh says:

        We do indeed. I “move” the saved money into a separate Quicken account on the computer, which is really just earmarking it not to use it until we want/have to. Sarit has saved us almost a $1,000 this year. She loves watching Extreme Couponing and gets some great tips from the show.

        I think I can, I think I can, I think I can (just not Shel Silverstein’s version!)

      • Josh says:

        Sorry, I should clarify that that is only from Harris Tester. That doesn’t include Tue hundreds she’s saved at Giant, Safeway, Target, etc. πŸ™‚

      • WOW! Great work! Saving is saving and it looks like you two are doing a GREAT job! I’ve never heard of this show but it sounds like a good one!

        I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….I KNOW I CAN!! πŸ™‚

  5. I really loved the “Everything Happens For A Reason” mindset. Sometimes we have to go with the flow and look for the positive possibilities in every challenge we come across. YES!!

    Your writing is getting better and more exciting :D. The running and saving challenge are a magnificent idea.

    Keep up the right work and count with me for anything you need help with!!!

    You are a Champion :-).


    • Taso

      Thank you for checking in and for your kind words! I definitely believe that everything does happen for a reason! The idea has yet to prove me wrong. πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad that you are enjoying my writing! Keep checking in for more inspiration! Still trying to decide on a specific day to post on, I know that I’ll hold myself more accountable if i pick a day of the week.

      As always thanks for your optimistic energy and support!


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