Last New Years, I made a resolution that I would stand up to people more consistently, and try to voice my opinion. I think I’ve been doing a good job with that, but really it’s hard to say for sure. I certainly tried to meet my resolution, and I guess that counts in this case.
This year’s resolution is going to be more quantitative. I’m resolving to run 1000 miles in 2008.
This is challenging, and will rely partly on staying injury and illness free (does that mean I’m relying on luck?), but I think it’s achievable given recent statistics from 2007, which was a phenomenal running year for me, at least in terms of consistency. First, let’s consider my yearly mileage for the last seven years:
I’ve definitely upped my mileage over the years, to a total of 740 miles in 2007. Seeing how I ran almost twice as much in 2007 as in 2006, it’s possible that I may have hit a plateau, and that I won’t be able to run that much more. So I took a look at the seasonal pattern over the last seven years:
In this chart, “WS” is the Winter-Spring season (January-April), “S” is the Summer season (May-August), and “F” is the Fall season (September-December). It’s immediately clear that I haven’t been running much in the WS seasons relative to the others. So there is definitely a good potential to increase my mileage by a few hundred in 2008. Step 1 is just to keep running through the winter.
And so far that’s going well too. In 2006 my final serious run was at the end of November, and I didn’t pick up running consistently again until April of 2007. I ended 2007 averaging 25 miles per week, with a recent maximum of 30 miles. I feel good about my training, and I sort of look forward to the runs even when it’s cold. I’m not going to do anything crazy this season. Just consistent, frequent, running to build a base for the Spring, and hopefully a foundation from which I can meet my resolution.
OK, maybe I’ll run a couple indoor track meets, too ;-).