Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2008 mileage goal: CHECK!

In 2007, I resolved to run 2,008 miles in 2008. Yesterday, I met and surpassed that goal during my 11-mile medium long run on the treadmill. Whoo! In fact, with the super-duper miles I'll (hopefully) be putting in during the next few weeks on my new plan, I'm projecting closer to 2,200 for the year (yowza). Yes, I'm a mileage junkie.

Still, I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy running A LOT. Maybe not always when it's dark and yucky outside and I would rather curl up on the couch with some hot chocolate. But almost always, once I get out there, I'm so incredibly glad I did. And I know the extra miles will help me get faster.

For 2008 I talked about shooting for 2,350, but that's only 150-200 more than what I'll end up with this year if all goes well. So I've pretty much decided I'll be going for 2,500 instead. A much rounder, cooler number. That's a tad over 48 per week. Yikes! It seems like a lot, but my last 50-mile week felt pretty comfortable. I think it's doable as long as I can stay motivated and healthy. If I can really run that much, I'm excited to see how much my marathon time could drop. Moving from a 33 mpw average to a 45-mpw average (over an 18-week period) gave me 23 minutes. For this next one, my plan will give me something in the high 50s! Another drop like that is probably a little too much to expect, but I'll settle for a mere 10 minutes for now! :D

On the weight loss front, I've dropped a whopping three pounds. Which is about what the damage was after Thanksgiving (just in time for Christmas), so I'm feeling pretty good about that. Now I can start working on the taper/post-marathon weight.


DawnB said...

congratulations! great year

Nitmos said...

Wow, that is a lot of miles. I'm at roughly half of that. How do your legs not fall off!?

Cat said...

Congrats on reaching your 2008 mileage goal!!

Also, good luck on your weight goal!