Friday, January 8, 2016

How a Runner brings in the New Year

Before the first week of January 2016 officially comes to an end, I'd like to share with you some thoughts about what I do every New Year's eve, or day.  Since it's Friday, we'll do this Friday 5 style!

1. After I started running, it took me a while before I realized I should start logging my miles. So after a year (or two) I  finally did!  I started off just jotting my runs down on a calendar. About a year later I received a Garmin Forerunner GPS watch but I still used the trusty calendar. A year later I moved to a running log from Runner's World, and then the year after that I started using a running journal.  Regardless of whether I used a calendar or a running journal, at the end of each year I enjoyed sitting down and adding up all the miles I've run. Now that I use a journal and log more details about each run, it's kind of like a walk (or run) down memory lane as I look back over my year of running. No pictures, just stats!

2. This year was no different, I sat down on New Year's Eve and calculated all those miles.  This year was a tough one since I was injured from January to June and didn't officially start training till August. I ended 2015 with only 362 miles. I just started really using the Garmin Connect this year and discovered a few rogue miles that didn't make it to my log book, but for now we will just stick with the 362.  I will say this, I trained smarter, not harder this year. I did a lot less runs than I did last year during training but even though I did fewer runs, they were still QUALITY runs! I hope it paid off. We will see this weekend!

3. So how did that compare to 2014 ? I hate to sound like a broken record but that year was also a really tough year for me during the winter/spring. That's when the whole knee/IT band issue started the first time around.  I ended up logging 450.72 miles. Again, I found a few extra miles once I delve into my records on Garmin connect.

4. Statistically speaking, I know my best year of running was probably 2013. These were my best times (PR-ing in 5K, 10K, and the half distances). I did A LOT of running in 2013 but unfortunately I did not have any official records of them. I was able to go back only as far as the end of June on my GPS and I found 316 miles. I know if I would have kept track all year I would have been over 500 for that year.

5. At this point I don't really have any goals for mileage for 2016. I know I'm going to take it easy after the marathon and if by some miracle I don't get injured, I'll start running consistently again in the spring!  After seeing my mileage throughout the years, I have a hard time believing that I'm going to be much of a help to my sister as we team up for Run The Year. I anticipate she will be doing the majority of the running!

What is your tradition for looking back over your miles? Do you do it?  Is there a way to have Garmin Connect calculate your miles at the end of the year? -M

We are linking up with the Friday 5.




18 comments:

  1. I started using excel to log my miles in 2013, so I have weekly, monthly, and yearly stats for the past 3 years. Its nice to be able to look back and compare!

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  2. I'm bad about logging miles. I did sign up to run 1000 miles in 2016, and there's an online log, so that will. Best of luck this weekend!!! I hope you both have a fabulous time!

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  3. After a few injuries myself this year, I also trained smarter and it paid off for me too. I feel stronger starting off this year hope you do too. Have fun this weekend

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  4. I use my planner that I keep for everything, but unless I remember to write down the miles I did, I don't really track them. I need to get back at that. I don't have a set number either, since I'm focused on quality runs as well.

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  5. I;m trying to be better about logging my miles in Garmin Connect this year too. There is a way to have it give you your miles for the year, through the reports function.

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  6. I love Daily Mile just for that reason - the year end report they send? Worth all the logging in

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  7. I use Garmin Connect and my RW Training Journal to log my miles - I just like seeing and being able to compare month-to-month, and year-to-year...but I'm not ever going to set any mileage records for the year, that's for sure. And that's perfectly fine with me - like you, I don't want to get another injury, so I'll take it easybreezy on the running.

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  8. If you sign into Garmin Connect online, you can see your mileage for the year. Go in to reports and then click total distance and you can see mileage for a number of different time frames.

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  9. I use the site called Daily Mile. It's fun to look back and see how I did over the year, but I've never really concerned myself with a certain mileage because if I want to keep running far, I can't do it as often as many others. :-)

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  10. I am with Jaime...I am so bad with logging my own miles! I think bc I keep track off all my clients' miles:) This is a goal of mine to keep a better log of my miles this year...will check out Garmin connect online!

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  11. I confess, while I track my runs in various forms I never calculate at the end of year or even set goals for mileage. I couldn't tell you how many miles I ran training or otherwise last year (or the years before that). I always feel like a bad runner whenever starts announcing their miles for the year! lol

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  12. I was really diligent about logging my miles this year. Garmin Connect did a great job tallying everything up for me. This year I didn't really set a mileage goal. I try to do 100 miles/month. But since I'm not running right now, that goal isn't off to a great start. I'm ok with that, tho!

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  13. I am going to be doing that this year. My aim is 500km this year and I am really hoping that I can do it. My husband is aiming for 1000km.

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  14. I'm with you and enjoy keeping track of my runs! I also use a running journal! :)

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  15. I have been logging my miles for the last 3 years in a paper journal. I'm totally old school!

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  16. I am fastidious about logging my miles!!! It makes me feel really good to see the visible progress and watch the numbers add up. I started with the Runners World online log, and when they discontinued it I began using running-log.com

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  17. Just wanted to say- happy new year! And it was so great to see you both this weekend. <3 Can't wait to read the race recaps!

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  18. Garmin connect has all kind of drop down options so you can tally your calendar for the year or by month. That is the only way I know all my miles. I journal for my half marathon training, but not all the time.
    I always look back...mostly to reminisce about not being injured.
    I do have a 1,000 mile goal for mileage, but since I am sitting out right now it probably won't happen lol

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