No, don’t worry, I’m not going to write about how far I ran every single month, but I thought I’d get the year off to a positive start.
Last year, I started writing down all my runs for the first time ever (and I’ve been running since just before my 21st birthday – I’m 43 now!). Until then, I really had no idea how far I ran in a year or even a month.
I started the year with 15 runs and 55 miles in January. That seemed like a pretty good benchmark and proved to be a fairly average month – with me running between 48 and 62 miles on a ‘normal’ month (ie one where I wasn’t training for the Cheltenham half marathon).
As the year progressed, I got into a habit of looking back and comparing the months – so on 13th June I would look back and see how far I’d run on 13th May, 13th April etc.
Now it’s a new year and I’m still looking back and checking on last year’s totals.
But I also feel motivated to run further this year. When I shared my 2016 post, a friend on Facebook said I’d run just a few miles more than her – so she would have to do one extra run in 2017. In that case, I’d have to do two extra runs!
I had an idea that I’d like to run every day in January, running just a mile on the days when I wouldn’t normally run, but various things conspired against me at the start of the month and that didn’t happen. In fact, I didn’t manage to run at all until 4th January. After that, I started to pick up the pace a bit and averaged four runs a week. I managed to do Parkrun every Saturday in January, even on the Saturday when my regular Parkrun was cancelled. I also conquered my nervousness of running in ice. There were too many icy days for me to miss running every time it was frosty. The end of the month was scuppered when my daughter was off school ill, meaning I missed a run.
I had an idea I’d like to start running six miles once a week, but that’s another thing that didn’t happen this month. I run between dropping the kids off at school and starting work. I consider running to be essential for my health and wellbeing, but it does eat into my work time. I’m pleased to say that work started picking up in January and that had to take priority over running a couple of extra miles. The difference in health benefits between running four miles and running six miles is negligible (in fact running six miles could have a negative effect by aggravating my long-term injury), so I had to be sensible and put work time and earning money ahead of running.
So how far did I run in January?
I ran 16 times and covered 60 miles. So I’m already way ahead of last January. Will I stay ahead of last year for the whole of 2017?