I also kept up a regular eight mile run every week, even when I wasn’t training for a half marathon. In previous years, I’ve just done three four mile runs and a parkrun every week. Now I’m doing two four mile runs, a parkrun and an eight mile run. This is largely down to my husband, who has run with me on a Sunday throughout 2018 and encouraged me to stick with the longer run. As a result, I feel fitter and stronger, and half marathon training feels easier.
There’s really nothing that stops me running – definitely not bad weather! The only thing that would stop me is illness or injury, and I was lucky enough not to suffer with either of those in 2018.
So how far did I run in 2018?
- In January I ran 18 times and covered 64 miles
- In February I ran 14 times and covered 53 miles
- In March I ran 15 times and covered 66 miles
- In April I ran 15 times and covered 89 miles
- In May I ran 13 times and covered 88 miles
- In June I ran 18 times and covered 75 miles
- In July I ran 18 times and covered 85 miles
- In August I ran 15 times and covered 71 miles
- In September I ran 13 times and covered 98 miles
- In October I ran 13 times and covered 78 miles
- In November I ran 18 times and covered 85 miles
- In December I ran 15 times and covered 72 miles
So that’s a total of 185 runs and 924 miles – an average of a run every two days, or just over 2.5 miles a day. So I smashed my 2017 total of 169 runs and 736 miles.
(Note that I only record full miles, so most of these distances are actually slightly further.)
In 2019, all being well, I will run my first marathon. So 2019 will almost certainly see me run over 1000 miles in the year and over 100 miles in a month. I also plan to run a few more half marathons and as many parkruns as I possibly can.