I have mentioned once twice before that I am aiming to run 1,000 miles in 2015. Now is a good time to review the position to see if I'm on track.
Once or twice I have actually wondered whether I am doing the right thing but, on the whole, I do believe it's good for me. So now we have reached the end of August and I have run sufficient miles, pro rata, for this two-thirds point in the year. These are the detailed stats from Strava:
Total miles for 2015: 708 (this is 42 miles ahead)
Separate runs: 126
Time: 103 hrs, 25 mins
Elevation gain: 22,280 feet
My longest run was the MK Marathon in May at the usual 26.2 miles. The training for that was not ideal, moreover a bit disjointed and therefore injury prone (unusual for me!). My shortest weekly mileage was about 10 miles against a target average of 19 miles. In fact I remember having a few of those low mileage weeks earlier this year but thankfully I have caught up and over taken myself a little.
A number of the runs have been post work gentle runs of 3 or 4 miles. Although this doesn't sound much, each one is valid and counts. Each one of these short runs helps balance the longer runs at weekends. I am enjoying the discipline of being accountable to myself, for making sure I keep it up.
I mentioned injuries. In brief, I managed to pull a calf muscle while [over] training for the marathon. To compensate I altered my running form a bit which helped solve that injury and now I seem to have transferred the problem to my left hip. It's not too bad, providing I don't over run too much and have adequate rest after a long run, or a high mileage week.
I will blog again about the benefits of having a distance target like this as this is the first time I have done this. I like it, it's working well.