2011 was the first year that I ever run more than 1,000 miles. I had to work hard for it with a 100-mile December, and finished out the year at 1,001.
I’m happy that this December, it didn’t take until the last day of the year to cross that 1,000-mile mark. I suppose it helps that I didn’t have any injuries limiting my running this year, but I also didn’t run a 50K in 2012. My weekly (and monthly) mileage never got quite as high as it did in the fall of 2011.
Finishing the year strong, huh? That higher-mileage December was likely due to my first-ever running streak this winter. The Runners World #RWRunStreak required at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. It wasn’t even that hard! Sure, I had a few late nights on the treadmill (including a four-miler on the hotel treadmill at 8:30 on Christmas Night!), but most of the time it was easy enough to hop on the treadmill or run down the street for a quick one- or two-miler.
You can tell running is my first love if you look at my crosstraining. I’m only motivated during triathlon season
(January – March and probably part of April would have been on spin bikes during off-season tri training classes)
Oh, I really do love swimming … once I’m in the water. It’s so tough to motivate myself to go to the pool unless I’m taking a class! (April – May: cramming for early triathlons. June-August: masters swim class!)
Total distance traveled in 2012: 1,547.
In 2013, I won’t set any firm distance goals. I just hope to keep running (and swimming and biking) and racing all year long!