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Well I did it! I’ve ran 2000 miles in a calendar year for the first time!
Not that I set out with an annual mileage target at the start of January mind. In fact, I’m not too bothered how many miles I do actually run in any given year. I wouldn’t have been too disappointed if I’d ended up 100 miles short of 2000. But as the start of November loomed it dawned on me that surpassing 2000 miles was achievable, so I used that target as motivation for my last few weeks of 2016 running. And I’ve done it with a couple of weeks to spare. And now my motivation has dipped a tad. But that’s okay. You should go with your emotions sometimes, we’re not machines after all. This running malarkey, well it’s supposed to be enjoyable.
So, how’s this mileage increase come about? The answer’s pretty simple… two marathons. One in the spring and the other in the autumn. In the early part of 2016 I was training for the London Marathon (here’s how it went) and later on in the year I was training for the Chester Marathon (and here’s how that went). Since switching training programmes, I’ve ran a little bit less each week too. So I’ve done a bit less, but more of a bit less.
I’ve followed the Pete Pfitzinger ‘Advanced Marathon Training’ programme for my first three marathons but for 2016 I’ve followed the 2Q programme from Jack Daniels (no, not that one, the acclaimed running coach). By choice, I did less miles with the 2Q programme, though for a future race I might the 2Q but up the mileage a bit. I’ll see how keen I am next year.
I’ve been reasonably lucky with injuries again. I’ve had a niggly right hamstring on and off throughout the year that’s bothered me but not stopped from running (maybe it should’ve). And my right foot has been sore during October and November, though it feels like it’s on the mend now. The hamstring issue is the one to watch as it’s bothered me before. Some core strength exercises are required I think. My typical approach to injury niggles is to keep running, ignore it and it’ll go away. That’s most likely a bit of a silly approach to take really.
Will I try for a higher mileage next season? Nope. I’ll simply train for events instead and the miles will take care of themselves.
Annual Mileage Totals
Below are my annual mileage totals for the last few years. I didn’t run any marathons or do too much training in 2013/14 due to me doing work on a house:
2015: 1540.50 (not 100% accurate due to switch from runkeeper to strava)
2016: 2015.50 (as at 19th December)
I suppose I should create a stats page within the site and publish those stats there… must get around to doing that.