But when December 31, 2013, came around I had hit 1,261 miles. And, frankly, I was really proud of that. Especially combined with a first marathon in the spring and a first ultra three weeks after my wedding in the fall. It was a busy year.
On New Year's Eve I discussed goals with friends for 2015. I think I said something like "buy a new car, run a few races, get a new job." I guess I wasn't sure what I really wanted to happen for 2015. I signed up for LA and started training with a goal of 3:45 (the time to get me a guaranteed entry into the Chicago Marathon).
But I like having an annual mileage goal. It gives me something to focus on month after month and keeps me from making excuses. I set an arbitrary goal of 1,300 miles for 2015.
Then I dug deep down and admitted to myself it was a b.s. "safety" goal. I knew that would be easy and I would hit it. And I rewrote my goal mileage.
Two thousand fifteen miles in 2015. Yep, that's 2,015 miles in 2015!
I can't take it back, I already added it to my Garmin.
Monthly breakdown (a.k.a. what it looks like to run 2,000 miles a year)
- January - Already done, can't change it - 118 miles
- February - Lots of marathon-specific training - 180 miles
- March - LA marathon and lots of rest - 100 miles
- April - Back to trails - 160 miles
- May - More trails - 160 miles
- June - 170 miles
- July - Starting to build mileage - 180 miles
- August - 190 miles
- September - 200 miles
- October - 217 miles
- November - 220 miles
- December - 50 mile ultra and then holiday rest - 120 miles
Nine five plus four pennies. Add that shit up. Sorry.
There you have it -- 2,015 miles. While I am pretty much the worst at sticking to training plans, I am pretty good about getting in the mileage. Guess you will have to check in on my progress!
P.S. Yes I know plenty of runners do this without blinking but I'm still kinda new, 'kay?