I’ve done some mileage goals in the past, in a New Year’s resolution type of way. In 2014, it was 300 miles, and in 2015 it was 350. Last year and this year, I opted not to. While goals can be fun and encouraging, I’ve also run enough now to know my own patterns. I train hard in the winter, then after the Cleveland Marathon, fall off a bit in the summer. Finally, depending on a fall half or a mileage goal, I’ll pick it back up again at the end of the year.
Maybe it’s time for this cycle to end.
I’d like to increase my mileage, but it doesn’t seem like a binge-training mindset is particularly helpful. So rather than set a yearly goal, which I really only did because I wanted a resolution, I’m going to try a weekly goal, of 20 miles per week. Some might find this modest, others quite high. For me it seems like a number that is challenging, yet attainable.
Week 1 was last week, and I already fell short by about three miles. I went out of town for the weekend, and the rain and activities kept me from getting out there to close out the week. But just the same, the goal got me out and running earlier in the week, leading to a 5 miler and a 6 miler that I otherwise wouldn’t have done. Week 2 here we go!