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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Running 1000 Miles: Week 1

I'm generally not one for making New Year's Resolutions. I prefer to make goals at any time of the year rather than just at the beginning, especially since NYRs have such a deadly reputation for petering out by February. The one thing that I like about a year is that it is a convenient amount of time to track any kind of numerical accomplishment. This year, I've decided to run 500 miles plus 500 miles in honor of the Proclaimers song. Yes, that's technically 1000 miles. That comes out to just under 20 miles per week, which is a perfectly reasonable rate given my normal run rate.

For the purposes of this exercise, I won't be counting any walking that I do, running only. That means treadmill, outdoor runs, and races. After the first week, I am at 30.5/1000 miles. That's a good number, as I will need to rack up extra mileage in slow weeks to make up for those times when I am heavily on the road.

Overall, I feel good. After the Marathon last year, it took me a long time to recover, and the heavy end-of-year travel/holiday schedule didn't help. Now I am finally "back on my feet." I've registered for a Portland Half Marathon in May, and am considering either a Half or Full in Missoula, Montana in July.

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