When 2013 began, I was in the middle of training for the Boston Marathon with Tedy’s Team, a group created by Former Patriot Tedy Bruschi to raise awareness for the fight against Stroke.
During each blustery training run in January, I toyed with the idea of setting a mileage goal for 2013. Why? Because I needed the motivation once the Boston Marathon ended.
How would I decide on the number? Since I have logged all of my runs in the Runkeeper app or website since I rekindled my love of running in June 2011, I had running totals to look back at for guidance.
I logged 273 miles in six months of eligible running time in 2011 compared to roughly 812 miles in 2012.
So what number would be perfect for 2013?
But I would
walk run five hundred miles
And I would
walk run five hundred more
Just to be the (wo)man who
walked ran a thousand miles
To fall down at your door
Did I really just pull out a Proclaimers reference? You know I did. 😉
But seriously, I picked the number 1,000 at random. It seemed like a feasible number after hitting over 800 in 2012 despite missing about 6 weeks of running time due to an IT band injury.
Once the goal was set I needed the accountability. And it was at that moment the #1000MilesIn2013 hashtag was born. I used that hashtag on all of my Twitter and Social Media posts. It was a great motivator for me and a way for my friends to track my progress.
And while I didn’t use Runkeeper during the actual runs I would come home and plug my info into the app to see me inch my way to my goal mile by mile.
With a four-mile run on July 21, I hit the 600 mile mark. It was an amazing feeling to see the goal tracker on Runkeeper hit 60% complete.
I had a jam-packed fall racing schedule, including four half marathons, two 10ks and a 5-mile trail run in September and October alone. I thought I was golden to cruise to the 1,000 mile mark by the end of October.
And then during a 15-mile training run on September 22, a sharp pain took over the ball of my right foot. Eeek! I freaked out. I stopped the run at 11 miles and proceeded to freak out about my future training.
I scaled the training back to minimum weekday runs and saving the foot for the weekend races. I successfully made it through the high point of race season completing all of the races and hitting the 900 mile mark on October 5th.
Just a week after celebrating the 900-mile mark, I was hit with a five-week sickness. Ugh! It was the flu/cold/bronchitis that wouldn’t quit. Once again, I did the best I could to balance my goal of hitting #1000MilesIn2013 with resting my body.
Finally in the middle of November, I finally started feeling human again and the countdown to #1000MilesIn2013 became my main focus! 🙂
And on one fateful Sunday, November 24th, the stars aligned and as I fought against high winds … it happened!
Hell yeah! It was an amazing feeling hitting such a huge milestone and over two months before the year would end.
A few blog readers asked me if I would stop running. Of course not. I had signed up for the Dopey Challenge in Disney World (January 9-12, 2014), which is four races in four days for a total of 48.6 miles (5k, 10k, Half, Full), so the training would go on!! The only thing I had left would be to set a new goal.
What would be Mileage Goal #2? 1,111 miles. Again a random number that plays into my love of palindromes. 😉
To help make the second mileage goal a little easier, I joined in on the Runner’s World Running Streak (#RWRunStreak). It asked runners to run at least 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving to Near Year’s.
I normally don’t take part in streaks since my body loves a good Rest Day each week, but I needed the motivation after suffering the setbacks due to injury/illness in September/October.
So I joined in.
It was life-changing.
During the 35 day streak, I posted 153.1 miles and not only hit the 1,111 mileage mark (on December 27), but set and matched a third-mileage goal of 1,150 (hit December 31).
Runkeeper made it wicked easy to set and add goals to my account. The Runkeeper “My Goals” portion has four different types of goals you can set. So I chose Total Distance, decided on a final number, picked the timeframe I wanted to accomplish it in and shared it to my social media channels for extra support. The accountability and motivation followed.
But the big question now is: what is the mileage goal for 2014? And what’s yours? Tell me in the comments!