When Mariah Erickson’s then 10-year-old daughter started summer break a couple of years ago, the Double Diamond first-grade teacher knew she wanted to promote healthy habits for her. They decided they would run together every day for 1,000 days.
The rules? The runs had to be outside and they had to be at least a mile. That’s every day. For 1,000 days. Rain, sleet, snow or shine. No matter where they happened to be, how they felt, or if their running clothes were clean.
“My daughter got through the first 30 days, but then she hurt herself in a bike accident and decided to take a break,” Erickson shares. “But I realized how much I was liking it, so I decided to keep going.”
She says her secret is to do it first thing every day after putting her son, 14, and daughter, now 12, on the bus. “I walk them to the bus stop at 6:45 and then I head out,” she says.
While Erickson’s daughter has turned her athletic interests toward swimming, Erickson celebrates 1,000 days of running on Friday, March 8.
Once she completes her goal, she has no intention of stopping. “Now it’s just what I do every day,” she says. Her new goal is to run in all 50 states and she’s at 11 so far. She’s also hopeful her daughter will join her again in the future.
Erickson’s friends are so excited that she accomplished this ambitious goal, they want to throw her a parade. She’s recommending they just join her on her run instead, inviting everyone along for a special after work edition. Technically the group run will be No. 1,001 since she will have already completed her regular morning ritual.
We’ll be ready for the parade when she completes her new 50-state goal!
Editor's note: Watch the video of Mariah completing her 1,000th run here!