2012 Mileage

And the grand total for my 2012 running mileage is:

1104.8 MILES IN 2012!!!

Now I’m ready to start on my 2013 goal.  Thanks for some great runs, 2012!!

New Year, New Goal

GOAL: 1300 miles in 2013!
GOAL: 1300 miles in 2013!

Well…about this time last year I set what I thought was a lofty goal for 2012…to run 500 miles.  And I had that in the books by the middle of the year.  I had a silent goal to, perhaps, make 1200 miles in 2012, but with the injury that took me out of running for 2 weeks, it doesn’t look like I’ll make it.  I’ll be off by…just under 100  miles.  It kind of makes me sad, but it sure did make setting a goal for 2013 easier than anticipated.

And here it is:

In 2013, I intend to run 1300 miles.

There…I said it…and all of you are witnesses.

I think this is a little lofty…but I am hopefully going to be training for my first marathon…so mileage will be increasing at the start of the year when I put my training program into my phone and begin really looking ahead to the goal of going 26.2 miles this year.  I am nervous…and excited all at once.  And I love it.

I am also setting another goal…and that is to run 2013 injury free.  This one may or may not come into fruition.  I mean, accidents happen.  Injuries happen.  But I’m going to really focus on being a healthier, better runner.  I’m going to make better choices when it comes to my runs and really listen to my body.  I want to make this racing season a great one, with no DNS’ (Did Not Start) statuses and I hope to maintain my record of never having a DNF (Did Not Finish).

When all is said and done…goals are good to set…but the key to my running successes…the reason I can do this in brutal heat and bone-chilling cold…is that I truly love it.  So, above all else, I hope that 2013 teaches me how to love this sport even more than I do.  I have a good feeling that this is going to be a good year.

Going Mile 2 Mile – a different sort of long training run

Mile2Mile Fun Run
Mile 2 Mile Fun Run

I love my local BlueMile running stores.  I shop there as often as possible and they are the ones who host my Monday fun runs.  LOVE them.

Well, you see, a loyal customer, Jeremy completed a run from the BlueMile store at the Summit to the BlueMile store in the Highlands.  So, from that grew the inspiration for the Mile 2 Mile fun run/walk.  And even better…it’s for a good cause.

The event is called Mile 2 Mile.  And it is a 12 mile run or 6 mile walk/run…depending on what you think you are capable of doing.

So, this morning, at 8 a.m. at the BlueMile store at the Summit, runners will arrive with a donation of a toiletry item or a blanket.  BlueMile is working with Wrap Up Louisville and the Salvation Army who are collecting the donations.  So, running from store-to-store for a good cause?  Yeah…I can do that.

The weekend is the time for my long runs anyway…so this just sort of worked.  Granted, today’s training says 9 miles and I’m running 12…but the rest of the week is light, easy running leading into my half marathon in 2 weeks.  I’m excited about this and can’t wait to join a small pack of runners on a 12 mile journey this morning.

So, here I sit at 5:45 a.m. anticipating hitting the road to the BlueMile store at the Summit to get my run on for a good cause today.  My roomie is going to drop me off and meet me at the Highland store when I’m done.  Afterwards, I’m meeting up with my running friend, Keith (who is injured and unable to participate) at Uncle Maddios in the Highlands for some delicious gluten-free pizza to celebrate a good run.

I am so looking forward to this!

Running Mile 2 Mile…I think it should become a yearly tradition!