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.