Last September marked nine years since I started running, and this month marks nine years of me blathering on about my running goals. Last year was extra-special, because I had a blog and actually recorded my goals:
For 2005 I am once again setting 800 miles as my distance goal. I want to use the spring and summer to work on speed for shorter races, than switch gears and work up endurance for the LBI 18. That means sticking with the Considerate Training Program™, which should make the missus happy. It also means that watching what I eat will play a big part in my training this year.
[I decided for 2004 to try to train with fewer miles, hoping to have the fresh legs needed to finish the race running. This plan had the added benefit of giving me more time at home with the family. Thus, I dubbed it the Considerate Training Program™]
Thanks to my super-cool (and totally free) computerized running log, I can proudly tell you that I met my distance goal for the year. I followed my Considerate Training Program™, but I gave up on getting faster and concentrated more on distance. This was mainly due to me never losing the weight I wanted to lose. You can't get fast carrying around extra weight. I did succeed in extending my distance endurance, though. I finished the LBI 18-miler without falling apart at the end (for once) and even managed to shave a couple minutes off my finishing time. Without a doubt LBI was my finest moment of my year in running.
This year I want to get my weight down for real. I've already started keeping a food journal, which is the weight loss method that seems to work best for me. Two weeks into my program and I'm still going strong. I'm estimating that it will take about 16 weeks to drop the amount of blubber I want to drop . One of the reasons for the diet is that the extra weight is affecting my self esteem, which was pretty low while I pigged out during the holidays. The other reason is, once again, to get faster. This one seems to be the bigger motivator. I can help myself get faster even when I'm not pounding the pavement? Sign me up for that! Races should go a little faster if I'm not carrying the equivalent of three or four bags of sugar on my body.
On the mileage side, I was pretty happy with 2005's goal of 800 miles, but I've also started out this year a little better than I usually do, so I'm going with 825 as this year's goal.
So, before getting to far into 2006, a look back at 2005 (with 2004’s numbers in parentheses):
Total miles run: 806.2 (719.5)
Number of runs: 145 (137)
Number of races: 13 (12)
Median of runs: 5.46 miles (5.25)
Mode of runs: 5.46 (5.46)
Mean of runs: 5.56 (5.25)
Standard Deviation of runs: 2.11 (2.0)
Average miles per day: 2.21 (1.97)
Average miles per week: 14.78 (13.76)
Average miles per month: 67.19 (59.96)
Total time spent running: 4 days, 17 hours, 16 minutes, 14 seconds (4d, 4h, 28m, 21s)