May 20th 2019
Today my total distance ran for the year has already surpassed my distance for the whole of last year. So far this year I’ve ran 402km, whereas in 2018 I only ran 398km. I’ve not continued the year with the same determination for distance that I started with in January, but I’ve steadily been averaging almost 100km a month, which will put me just over the target I just made up of 1000km for the year. Actually, if we’re making up targets then I’ll call it 1000 miles, because of that song. So really it’s 1600km.
Aside from a pretty good streak in August and September last year where I ran for 21 consecutive days just to prove to myself that I could do it, I didn’t have a very good running year last year. This year has been better, as I’m doing regular distance as well as beating my PBs in certain target disciplines (e.g. sub-20 5km and sub-1hr40 half marathon.)
Apparently I was supposed to be doing 10k tempo effort today but A) I thought it was set for Wednesday and I’d already decided to go for my first club run with the Swindon Harriers this evening and I didn’t want to do a hard run at lunch before an evening session. In the end, I left work too late to make the evening session, so I could’ve done the 10k attempt anyway. Never mind.
Noticing that I’ve already beaten last year’s distance made me look at that 21 day streak again, and it’s already making me think of doing something similar. Though, I go to Ibiza in 2 weeks time so I’m not totally convinced I’ll be running much when I’m out there.
I just remember that that 3-week streak made me feel so good. Mentally and physically. And then I did a 15 mile run on the last day and that apparently killed my motivation and I didn’t run again for the rest of the year.
If I want to make 1000 miles before the end of the year I’m going to have to up the distance.
Until tomorrow, do you think time would pass me by?