Convention has it that resolutions and commitments to life improvements take place at the start of the year, but whether through my love of procrastination or a general ennui over goal setting, I have ambled through 2017 free of embarking on any big challenges or certainly where running is concerned.
At some point I thought about doing a marathon this year, then I talked myself out of it – deciding that it was always too hot in Edinburgh in May and attempting marathon number 1 at Loch Ness in September might be too much worry for me to deal with for a whole 9 months.
Marathoning can be my 2017 challenge – well maybe…
It seems that without some kind of contest to aim for,I just drift along running wise. While that is just fine and a big part of me wants running to be just a regular thing I do, given how much I have a love/hate relationship with competition, there is no escaping the focus a deadline gives me.
Twas ever thus and maybe this is why when recently browsing through my Nike+ running app and checking on the leaderboard, I noticed that my mileage for the year was close to 750 miles in late Sept.
With 3 months of the year left, the possibility of reaching 1000 miles seemed doable and the kind of challenge I relish. Setting a target mileage would help with the inevitable shortfall of winter motivation. As the days shorten and clocks change soon, much as I prefer running in cooler temperatures – running in darkness does require some incentive.
So I have done the calculations and it looks like I only need to do 20 miles a week – less than 3 a day from now till Dec 31st.
And to make it a bit easier and less of a round number I am aiming to reach 999 miles by Dec 31st .
As of today – mileage stands at 784.7 – so If I can get to 800 by the end of October, I think I am definitely in with a chance of getting that medal.
I wondered at the number of runs I’ve seen you post in IG lately — that’s a great goal, although I must remind you that you’ve already met a considerable challenge earlier this year with your month of daily running (that was this year, wasn’t it?). I’ve not run for almost two weeks now, and then only twice since I’ve been in Europe — thinking of trying again today and seeing how much the right knee and the left Achilles squawk. . .
It was partially because of my May running that I have ended up with this tantalising number of miles this year, hence the challenge ! I hope you manage a run on your European travels without knee squawk , although as you are doing lots of walking is not so necessary. I have got into the habit of running when travelling mostly because I am short of time.I am enjoying your travels and IG snaps