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#1000miles

#1000milesI started running in 2010; the next year, I started tracking my miles pretty seriously. And it was a lot of miles. In 2011, I ran 1,295 miles; in 2012, I ran 1,206.

In 2013, though, I only ran 958.4 miles. (Only! Hahaha omg I have completely lost my mind.)

A lot of things contributed to the drop in mileage this past year; I was sick in January and again in November, for one thing. The weather was bad more days than it has been in the past three years. And by December, when I was thinking that maybe, just maybe, I could really jam in 60 miles in four weeks and finish the year at 1,000, I got overwhelmed by everything and just kind of gave up.

So that’s not good.

While I’m not one for resolutions, I am all about goals, especially goals that can be broken down into manageable pieces. My goal for 2014 is to run 1,000 miles (at least); while that sounds like a huge number, it averages out to just over 83 miles per month, or about 19.25 miles per week, depending on how you want to think about it.

Either way, that seems totally manageable.

I’m also planning to run at least two half marathons this year (the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in April, and the Williams Route 66 in Tulsa in November). Those two races will account for several hundred miles of training runs, which is always helpful. And no, I will not be running a full marathon. This year or ever. I’m not that crazy.

Since this year has started with a cold snap of epic proportions, I’ve been making friends with the treadmill at my gym (and by “making friends with” I mean “trying to overcome my irrational hatred” because GAH I hate the treadmill). Kristen sent me a list of treadmill workouts, and while she stopped short of saying they would be fun (because TREADMILL OMG) she did promise that they would be more interesting than just running in place while staring a FOX News. (Why do I always choose the treadmill that faces the tv with FOX on it? Every. Single. Time. I swear.)

She was right, as always. I’ve been running intervals, which makes me feel like a total badass, honestly, and while I don’t know that I’m enjoying it, per se, I can see how it will be helpful. Still, I was super happy to get back outside today (because 38 degrees is like a HEAT WAVE, you all, for reals).

So here’s to 1,000 miles (at least) this year! And don’t worry, I’ll be tracking my miles here and on Instagram, so you can see how I’m doing. You’re welcome.

this week: 19.35 miles
2014 total: 19.35 miles

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11 comments on “#1000miles

  1. Shannon
    January 7, 2014

    38 degrees IS a heat wave! I would kill for 38 degrees right now (as I sit huddled inside avoiding the 25-below-zero windchill). I would be running outside in capris and one long-sleeved top in 38 degrees. (Sob! Miss that.) How do you track your miles? Do you wear a Garmin?

    • Susan
      January 7, 2014

      I use RunKeeper; I’m really happy with it. I can either use the GPS in my phone to track my runs (I have an armband thingy to hold it) or I can just select a route I’ve preprogrammed into the system, which is what I do when I run in my neighborhood (because I run the same routes over and over). RunKeeper tracks all the data for me — distance and pace and elevation — and if I use the GPS I can see my splits, which is nice.

      I don’t think I could run with a Garmin — they’re so big! My cheapie Casio watch is all I can stand on my arm. Haha.

      • Shannon
        January 7, 2014

        I feel the same way about Garmins vs. my itty bitty very old Nike running watch. :)

  2. Katie
    January 7, 2014

    Never say never – I’m not sure my yearly mileage is up there with yours (and it most definitely was not in 2013 – back injury, ugh), but I ran a full marathon in 2012 the day before my 28th birthday. Wanted to do another one before turning 30, but it’s not in the cards. So, I signed up for my 8th half & that will have to do. Best of luck in your goal! I may just adopt it myself :)

    • Susan
      January 7, 2014

      There’s a wee little part of me that is tempted by the full marathon, but there’s a bigger part of me that likes to be able to walk painlessly. Haha.

      Seriously, I love the half because the training fits so easily into my family’s schedule. Anything longer would just be too hard and too stressful, which really defeats the purpose of running for me. (But I do think anyone who runs a full is a total badass.)

  3. heidi carrens
    January 7, 2014

    I just checked my 2013 miles on Endomondo and i only ran 650 miles last year. Im so disappointed. I did manage several 10ks and a few half marathons. I really need to step it up! Thank you for motivating me and putting a new goal in my head! Im signed up for a half marathon on 2/23 out here in So Cal.

    • Susan
      January 7, 2014

      Go Heidi! Have a great half! A race in So Cal sounds super nice right now…

  4. Kris O
    January 7, 2014

    “I’ve been making fiends with the treadmill.”

    fiends is perfect though I think you meant friends :-) I don’t run but do have a few fiend/friend like relationships with other gym equipment. I’m looking at you thigh squeezy thing.

    • Susan
      January 7, 2014

      Haahaha that’s hilarious. Good catch, Kris! (I had to fix it because I am type A like that).

      And GAH still hate the treadmill.

  5. kgseymour
    January 7, 2014

    Yay! I’m glad the intervals are, if nothing else, helpful!

  6. Carrie
    January 21, 2014

    Intervals are the ONLY way to make TM running bearable – if nothing else, they get it done faster. :) (Also, I don’t care which TV I end up watching – all 10 channels have such dreck and poison on them that I end up irritated as all get out.)

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