Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2014? Speaking of that … no, I was not confused when I wrote today’s title. For Workout Wednesday today, I want to share a glimpse into my year of running in 2013 … which involved hitting an all-time high of 2000 miles!
You’d be hard-pressed to look at my Instagram feed and not know that I was a runner. I’m guessing that 40% of my pictures are made up of food, 20% of random other stuff … and 40% of my post-run “glow” (OK, sweat), my legs and running shoes, or my post-run Garmin totals. All things that I never thought I’d share in a public forum! But, what can I say, blogging (and social media) does crazy things, so I’m about to share another glimpse of something I usually consider personal … some of my running statistics!
Setting the Goal
First, here’s a secret … I’m a numbers-oriented, goal-driven person, and when I set my mind to something, you’d better believe I accomplish it. But I also really (really!!) believe in listening to your body. So, I actually DON’T focus on a total yearly goal for most of the year. Each January 1st, I’ll come up with an arbitrary total that I’d like to hit the following year (last year it was just “more than I did in 2012,” which was 1771). And while I may have that in mind from time to time, I also have no idea what the year will bring in terms of races, injuries (knock on wood!), illness, work, time off of running, additional cross-training activities, and other things that may impact my total mileage. But when December 1st rolls around, I get antsy, start looking at my totals, what my training has in store for the next few weeks, and I come up with a fun number that I want to hit for the year. This involves a little finagling of the training plan, and some extra attention to the Garmin, but I love it! Side note: If you do want to set a yearly goal, I would recommend choosing 75-80% of your “comfortable” weekly mileage now, and multiplying by 52. This will leave some wiggle room for all of those things above, and you may even end up exceeding your goal!
Here’s a funny Facebook flashback with my 2011 total of 1733 miles (a huge jump from my very busy 2010, when I got in 1190 miles!). One of my good friends reminded me that it is quite strange to actually keep track of all of this in the comments. Hey, I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a dork when it comes to things like this. But really, I think most runners are!
Making it Fun
Once I tally up my mileage for the year, I like to play a little game with myself. (At this point, you already think I’m strange, so I’m laying it all out there!). I use my total mileage to see where I “could have run” that year. For 2013, I started going north, because I thought it would be fun to visit some of my Canadian friends and blog friends! But Toronto was too close (1,372 miles), and once you get too far north in Canada … well, there just aren’t a whole lot of landmarks! Then I got thinking that the beach sounded pretty nice, so I decided to go south. I wound up on the beach … in Playas Negras, El Salvador! (And yes, I did check out Google Images to make sure that’s where I wanted to visit :)). (picture source)
Trust me, I analyze the wazoo out of this stuff, and I’ll spare you the details, but here are some highlights:
- Lowest mileage month: June, 143.5 miles
- Lowest mileage week (no injuries, knock on wood!): July 29th-August 4th, 20.4 miles
- Highest mileage month: December, 214.6 miles
- Highest mileage week: December 23rd-29th, 54.2 miles (hey, vacation is nice!)
- Average weekly mileage: 38.5
- Average daily mileage: 5.5 (misleading, since I very, very rarely run 7 days per week!)
- Number of races: 4 5Ks (with a 22:04 PR!), 2 10Ks, 1 15K, 1 20K, 7 half marathons (with a 1:39:37 PR!)
- Lots of cross-training, especially yoga and body-weight workouts during higher running times, and biking during the summer!
Well … good question! You may notice a little spike in my December mileage … I’m taking a cautious approach to marathon training, because although I’d really like to run another one, I don’t ever want running to become less-than-fun, and weekly super-long-runs tend to do that. So, I told myself that I’d start training, and play it by ear throughout the training. But, for now, I’m still loving the run, and still thinking about running my 5th marathon on March 1st!
I certainly plan on running several more half marathons, but the only one I have on my schedule is the ZOOMA Texas Half Marathon in Austin on April 12th, 2014. It is sure to be a BLAST! I’ve mentioned it once before, but I’m an Ambassador for this race, and I’ve been loving everything I’m learning about it. ZOOMA really aims to put on a fun, well-organized, inclusive event, and I’ve heard such great things about their races. Remember … if you want to register, please use my 10% off discount code, which is TXAMB8. (And if you register, please let me know! I know my code has been used, but I don’t know who you are, and I’d love to meet you!)
Here’s to a wonderful 2014, full of fitness, health, and happiness!!!
So tell me in the comments … Do you have any dorky fitness secrets to share? If you’re a runner, do you total your mileage? How was your New Year’s Eve?