At the start of 2019, I had one really big aim for my running – to run my first marathon! As a part of that, I also wanted to run more than 100 miles in a month for the first time ever and to run more than 1000 miles in a year for the first time ever.
I hit my 100 miles in February and the good news is, I ran my marathon. It went every bit as well as I hoped it would. I also blogged a lot about my training along the way. In total, I ran 440 miles in marathon training alone, over the course of 15 weeks.
But I didn’t stop running after that, although of course I cut down. I always run, whether I’m training for a race or not. On a normal week, I will two four mile runs, a parkrun (three miles/ 5k) and a long run, of anything between eight and 13 miles.
In 2019, I ran a total of five half marathons (beating my previous record of three half marathons in a year, which I achieved in 2018), including Tewkesbury half marathon, literally a week after my marathon. I also ran 50 parkruns (as well as volunteering as tail walker at four, which is also officially counted as running).
So how far did I run in 2019? (As I only record full miles, a lot of these distances are actually slightly further – my standard four mile run is actually 4.4 miles.)
- In January, I ran 18 times and covered 85 miles
- In February, I ran 18 times and covered 111 miles – smashing the 100 mile barrier for the first time
- In March, I ran 23 times and covered 168 miles (including Warwick half marathon) – doubling my usual distance for a month
- In April, I ran 19 times and covered 133 miles
- In May, I ran 13 times and covered 93 miles (including Newport marathon and Tewkesbury half marathon)
- In June, I ran 15 times and covered 89 miles (including Cheltenham Challenge half marathon)
- In July, I ran 17 times and covered 87 miles
- In August, I ran 17 times and covered 90 miles
- In September, I ran 14 times and covered 96 miles (including Cheltenham half marathon)
- In October, I ran 13 times and covered 89 miles (including Stroud half marathon and smashing 1000 miles in a year for the first time)
- In November, I ran 18 times and covered 83 miles
- In December, I ran 19 times and covered 89 miles
That’s a total of 1213 miles from 204 runs in 2019, smashing all of my targets.
And by the time you read this, I will have already started training for Brighton marathon 2020.