2013 Mileage Goals

2012 was my highest running mileage year ever with a total of 720.7 miles.

To compare:

  • 2006 – 204.4 (my first year running)
  • 2007 – 568.9
  • 2008 – 280.8 (clearly something went wrong this year)
  • 2009 – 528.2
  • 2010 – 490.3 (the year I battled serious health problems, then ran 3 halfs)
  • 2011 – 526.3

The goal I had set for 2012 was 600 miles, a number I had never hit before.  Marathon training clearly helped me out here, as I had some incredibly high mileage months (for me, anyway) at the end of the year.

But now to set my 2013 goal.  I’m not planning to run the WDW Marathon in 2014, though that may change.  It all kind of depends on how this year goes and how my finances go.  Stupid money.  But that means that 2013 probably won’t require as many miles as 2012.

Additionally, I’m adding triathlons to my list of crazy things I do in my free time, which means more cycling and swimming workouts and likely less time for running workouts.

I considered aiming for 700 miles.  But that’s not a practical goal.  Then I thought about 600.  50 miles a month seems reasonable.  Especially since I hope to keep my long runs up around 10 miles or so, keeping me on track for half marathons when they do spring up throughout the year.  It feels like I’m shortchanging myself, but I have to remember that 2013 is going to be about balance.  I’m going to focus more on a broader range of workouts, not just running.  I’m going to be swimming, biking, and I want to be sure to continue my strength work as well.

So 600 miles it is.  If achieved, it will still be my second highest mileage year ever.  That’s not nothing.

As for biking/swimming distance goals, I don’t have any.  Having never really trained steadily in either of these sports, I have no idea what the future holds.  But we will see!

One thought on “2013 Mileage Goals

  1. I’ve been thinking about triathlons (“sprint triathlons” — the Iron Man kind of thing is way too much for me) for a couple of years now. Maybe this will be the year I do it. I’ve never really been into distance swimming or lap swimming but I realize that it is really good cardiovascular exercise, and that combining running and swimming and biking might be a really good way of keeping in shape. Besides which, I think it would be cool to actually do a triathlon. I’ll be very interested in following your progress.

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