I have always enjoyed keeping a track of how many miles I run each year. Before the days of computers I kept a record in a diary or on a sheet of paper. When I got into the wonderful world of ultra running at the end of 2006 and started this blog I have recored every run.
In 2014 one of my goals was to run at least 2014 miles and joined the Facebook page set up by Karen Robertson. I set up a spreadsheet to record my miles compared to the daily goal of 5.52 miles. Each week I posted an update on the Facebook page and it was good to see my blue line of my runs staying ahead of the red target line.
By the end of 2014 I had run 2171.25 miles so I completed my challenge. In fact I completed it with just over a month to go. My main race for 2014 was the Hardmoors 110 in May so my training started from the beginning of January so I was always ahead of the target and stayed there.
I’m more and more convinced that consistency in training is key to running well so as I look at this graph it encourages me that I’ve been able to run 4 or 5 times most weeks right throughout the year.
I’m also very grateful and thankful that I’ve not had any injuries over the past couple of years. I’ve had the odd slight niggle in my hamstring and calf but by resting for a few days and running easy I was able to sort it out before it go too serious.
Over the year I have cycled 529 miles mainly to and from work once or twice a week. I think that has also helped keep me injury free. In the past I have maybe run on those days and picked up injuries.
I’ve not worked it out but I reckon over half of my miles are off road on softer ground. I’m sure that helps keep injuries at bay as well.
I like to have a variety of sessions per week including Fartlek, Tempo, Hills, easy runs and long runs. I find it helpful to keep a record of what I have done. So here is a summary of all my runs month by month by various categories ….
I purposely didn’t do as many Fartlek sessions in 2014 as I wanted to concentrate on my Ben Lomond Runs as my ‘quality’ session during the week. I think that worked well as it prepared my quads for the demands of the ultra races.
I remember in the past Andy Cole commenting that he was surprised I don’t do more longer (0ver 20miles) training runs and looking past this list I only did 8 training runs over 20miles in the year. Maybe that is an area I could look at.
I think part of it is time at the weekend. I tend to do my longer runs before my swimming lessons on Saturday and before church on Sunday so I’m limited on how far I can go. Maybe I need to get up even earlier!!
It is interesting (to me at least!) to look at my monthly mileage over the last 8 years …..
2009 was my biggest year with 2325.65 miles. That was also my best year results wise when I ran the Fling under 10hrs, West Highland Way under 20hrs and Devils under 7hrs. It was the year I was 50 and set myself the target of running 5 ultras in a year for the first time.
The races were from April to December which meant I didn’t really have a break before starting up again in 2010. I struggled a bit in 2010 and I’ve learnt that I do need a break from the ultras to recharge and enjoy some different types of running.
I have ran 16,309.63 miles in the last 8 years which works out at just over 2000 miles a year. Again I’m sure that consistency helps massively with my running.
So my 2171.25 miles for the year works out at an average of 40.97 miles per week and 180.94 miles per month.
For anyone who is interested here are some spread sheets I’ve used to record my mileage:-
- 2014 miles challenge
- Diary of all my runs and cycles in a weekly format
- List of all my runs (taken from RunningAhead)
Finally thanks to all who have followed my training and races over the past year. I’m always encouraged when someone emails or speaks to me about my blog. It’s primarily a great resource for me but if it helps others then that’s an added bonus!