Running is my first love. My day-one hobby. Foot pain, a demanding work schedule with irregular hours and wedding planning gave me plenty of excuses to slack the past few years. This year, I have my health, a new job and newlywed bliss. I’m ready to focus on fitness again – and for me, a fitness plan always incorporates plenty of mileage.
Runners love to keep track of stats. And runners love to tell people about them, clearly.
In 2017, I logged 268 miles (including the Cleveland half marathon).
In 2018 I ran 168 miles.
In 2019, my goal is 200 miles.
One month in, I’m at 21 miles logged for January 2019. Not too shabby. It’s less than I ran in January 2017 (32), but more than last year (14.5) – so I’m off to a great start considering it’s been a polar vortex in the midwest.
I’m fully aware that some runners knock out 21+ plus miles in a WEEK. And that’s awesome for THEM. But I’m just happy to throw in a mile or two when I can after work. It’s about finding what works for YOU, and not comparing.
I’ve been a huge Hoka One One fan ever since I was diagnosed with a sesmoiditis injury a few years back. The shoes are super cushioned and supportive. They look and feel like you’re running on clouds. I used to wear the Conquest III’s, but they stopped making them, so I purchased the Clifton IV’s last month. I’m 21 miles in on them, so far, so good.
If I’m going to commit to running 200 miles this year, I’d like to indulge in a new half marathon experience. I’ve ran Pittsburgh, Akron, Cleveland and Disney! And since I can’t just be normal and run any of the local half marathons again — I’d love to find an out-of-state race so I can check it off my bucket-list of running a race in each state. It’s a thing. I swear.
Let me know what races you’re signed up for this year.
See you at the starting line!