At the start of the year, I often see people pledging to run 400, 500 or even 1000 miles in the year ahead. They might be seasoned runners, or they might be newbies on a fitness drive, but they have an aim. And me? I just aim to run as much as I can. But I really had no idea how far I ran in a year.
So I decided to keep a record in 2016. I didn’t use anything fancy online or any apps (OK, I used to run with the Runkeeper app, then I switched to my TomTom watch this year, but I didn’t use them for recording cumulative distance). I didn’t even use a spreadsheet. I just wrote every run down in the back of my diary and kept a running total (see what I did there?) for the month and year. I don’t record fractions of a mile, so most of my runs are a little bit further than I actually write down.
As a rule, my aim is to run three mornings during the week, plus a Parkrun on Saturday. My usual runs are 4 miles and Parkrun is 3 miles. I occasionally run 6 miles in the mornings and I run further when I’m training for a half marathon.
There’s not a lot stops me from running. All that has stopped me this year is injury, being on Metronidazole (a particularly strong and nasty antibiotic), going to Rome and ice!
So how far did I run in 2016?
- In January, I ran 15 times and covered 55 miles
- In February, I ran 16 times and covered 56 miles
- In March, I ran 16 times and covered 58 miles
- In April, I ran 14 times and covered 54 miles
- In May, I ran 14 times and covered 48 miles
- In June, I ran 12 times and covered 49 miles
- In July, I ran 14 times and covered 68 miles
- In August, I ran 12 times and covered 82 miles
- In September, I ran eight times and covered 73 miles
- In October, I ran 13 times and covered 49 miles
- In November, I ran 15 times and covered 62 miles
- In December, I ran 14 times and covered 51 miles
So that’s a total of 705 miles in a year. I really had no idea I ran that far. I don’t have any real aims for 2017, other than to keep on running. I hope to do another half marathon and there will be a lot more Parkruns!