I'm not a big person for New Year's resolutions. If I'm going to make changes in my life and habits, I'll do it immediately and not wait for some arbitrary day. This year, however, I was intrigued by something I saw on facebook. I saw a post by anothermotherrunner highlighting a woman who had set a goal to run 1,000 miles in 2012. She completed it right before Christmas.
I run a lot, and I usually keep track of my miles as I am training for different races. I've never kept track of how many miles I've run in a full year, though. I have NO IDEA how many it would be. So I started doing the math. 1000 miles divided by 52 weeks = 19.2 miles a week. 1000 miles divided by 12 months is 83.3 miles a month. 1000 miles divided by 365 days = 2.7 miles a day. Currently, I am running somewhere between 12-18 miles a week, depending on the week. I never run every day, but I run at least three times a week, and usually 4. We tend to do a long run of 6-10 miles on the weekend and then shorter runs of 3-4 miles sprinkled throughout the week, depending on our schedules.
So, I've come up with my goal for the new year. It's not a resolution, because I already run regularly, but it is instead a (lofty!) goal. I think it is doable, for we'll be training for at least two half marathons this year, if not three. We are running the Daytona Beach half in February and the Lighthouse Loop half in October. If we're lucky, we'll get into the lottery and be able to run Grandma's half in Duluth in June.
I am officially reviving this blog which has sat empty for the past half year. I hope to keep track of my miles and probably some mishaps along the way. Join me if you wish - make up your own goal or follow me as I pursue mine. Happy running!