250 – 253 -> The End

On April 18th at about 4pm, I was finishing up work for the day when I received a call from my Wife Melanie. She was at the Dr, and they were sending her to the Hospital. Our baby boy was ready for the world a month early. I picked her up and went to Wake Med. She was admitted to the hospital and the Dr advised the baby would likely be delivered the next day. I stayed at the hospital that night, April 18th. When Melanie drifted off to sleep a snuck out of the room and ran my 3 miles. It was my 253rd day in a row. It was my last day. The run was brilliant. I was glowing with anticipatin of our first child. My mind, my heart, and my feet raced around the Hospital grounds. It was the most enjoyable run of the challenge. It was the last day.

The next day Benjamin Scott Michalski II was born around 6pm. I missed running that day, and failed at the challenge. I knew that it was going to be difficult to continue the challenge when the boy was ready to meet us. I didn’t anticipate him coming a month early. My family needed me. I couldn’t justify selfishly leaving the hospital to run.

Since we have been home with the boy, I have run several times. Amanda was over visiting yesterday and I had my gear on. She looked at me like, “where are you going”…. I smiled and jokingly replied… “Day 1 begins today”….

I want to thank 1095miles.com. It was a great 253 days and I am sad that I was unable to complete the full year. I overcame so much to continue to run each day. With the rest my body has recovered nicely. My knee is feeling a lot better. I will continue to run, I will continue to follow everyone else as they push to complete all 1095 miles. Thanks for the motivation. To borrow Amandas tag line. “Long may you run”


Challenge Miles Completed: 759
Challenge Miles remaining: 336
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline – Blue/Grey


  1. Aoife says:

    Ben – massive congrats to you and your family from across the pond. Really happy for you…, you have done brilliant with this challenge and am sure will continue to be a great source of motivation for Amanda to continue on for both of you!! Enjoy these precious days with your new baby boy!

  2. Patti says:

    Ben, first of all congratulations on becoming a Dad. Benjamin is perfect! This post from you made me feel happy and sad. Happy that you have your priorities straight on, and sad because I know how much you wanted to complete this challenge. I was cheering you on from the beginning and felt so bad for you when you were having knee issues. I read yours and Amanda’s blogs weekly. You should be so proud of yourself for completing 253 days! That is fantastic. Keep running and always put your family first…. It was the right thing to do.
    Love you,

  3. Dave says:

    Hi Ben congrats on the birth of your son , you have put in a superb effort considering the pain you have been through i take my hat off to you.. Good luck for the future take care Dave

  4. Margie says:

    I had no idea that you were a runner, Ben. Congratulations, again, to you and Melanie on the birth of your beautiful son, Benjamin. You are already an amazing dad… that’s made clear right here in your post. God bless you, Melanie and Baby Ben. <3