I set a goal at the beginning of the year to run 100 miles a month for the entire year. Most months that’s slightly less than 25 miles a week. This is not a super high number for me. I’ve managed 20+ mile weeks for probably 90% of the weeks in the last two years.
So, why is it that I’ve found myself packing in miles in the last week of each month? The last two months have required major mileage right up until the last days of the month. In September, I had to run 21 miles in the last three days. For October, I’m in a little better shape with only 16.5 miles left (I ran 9.5 miles in the last two days to get to that), but I have two days this week when I won’t be able to run at all and two days that will require short (4 miles if I’m lucky) runs. Good thing I’m meeting my friend to run for 8 today (in the wind, rain, and lightning apparently). Why is this happening? Because I’m not planning my running. Life is crazy busy right now. If I don’t make a plan at the beginning of the week, my mileage suffers.
My goals for November? First, to surpass 100 miles by at least a few miles and second, to at least tentatively plan my month so that half the miles are run in the first half of the month and the other half are run in the second half. Otherwise, Thanksgiving will totally blow my running out of the water.
Do you have plans to keep your running on track through the holidays?
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