After a few weeks of low to zero mileage, and no real restraints on my diet, I got fat and lazy! It was Winter, and there was certainly no extra motivation to get out in the freezing cold and go for a run. As a result, I practically quit on my "virtual run across Kansas" idea.
Toward the end of the winter, however, I got a bit of motivation back and started pushing myself. Now that it is early Spring, I have bumped up my training again and have entered into a 20-week program I have drawn up (I'll be discussing my plan at a later time). Mileage is consistantly over 20 miles per week and increasing.
So, today I added up my mileage since I originally set out to "run across Kansas," and I have indeed finally made it (a few days ago actually). Instead of the original 6-7 mile-per-day average, I only averaged about 2.25 miles per day (including several zero-mile weeks), but I still made it "across Kansas."
I thought it was the coolest idea! Perhaps I will do something similar again sometime. At least once per week I would look at Google Maps and determine my location based on the total miles I had accumulated. I even did a bit of research on the little towns I would have passed by had I actually been running on that route. I would figure out what restaurants were around...and even decide what I would want to eat that day, where my family would pick me up, what local sites we could visit... Really, I recommend everyone try something like this sometime!