I am not a numbers person. I don’t really track monthly or yearly mileage, although I have done a few yearly mileage challenges in the past. It just doesn’t motivate me.
What do I care about? My weekly mileage. Making sure it’s where it should be for wherever I am in training. Making sure that I’m not slacking or jumping up too much too quickly.
Since most people do seem to be very motivated by the numbers (and because I don’t really have 2018 goals yet), I decided to take a look back at mine and tally it up. Which required looking at Garminconnect, Finalsurge, and my running journal — and there are holes in pretty much all of those so it’s all an estimate anyway!
Total miles run for 2017: 1016.58
I know that’s actually a bit low, as I didn’t add in quite a few treadmill miles from December. If I had been a numbers geek, darn, I shoulda run a few more to round it up to 2017 for the year, except, of course, I know that I’m missing miles so there ya go.
Total miles run on the treadmill in 2017: 95
Again, an estimate. See, I’m always marking myself harshly because I never track things as closely as I should. While it may seem I spend a lot of time on it, the truth is most of my runs are outside. Although this harsher winter could change that! And not a single long run was done on the mill — which has not always been the case. Oops, I did my long run on the mill on New Year’s Eve day.
Monthly Miles in 2017
Good thing I don’t tally stuff up and get hung up on those numbers, eh? Thanks to Rachel @ Runningonhappy for pushing me to one of my highest running mileage years ever — and more importantly, definitely my most successful running year ever!
Time spent running: 189 hours
Again, this doesn’t include treadmill running. I am not gonna work that hard tallying it up, sorry! According to Alexa, that’s just 7.8 days. That can’t be right, can it?
Elevation gain for the year: 17,491 ft
I asked Alexa for a mountain that was that height but she couldn’t come up with an answer. Google didn’t seem to know, either. It is higher than Everest base camp, though.
Races in 2017:
4 half marathons (1 was my first trail half marathon)
1 4 miler
1 3.5 mile Turkey Trot
3 5ks (1 was my first trail 5k)
Total races: 11
Total PRs: 8 (counting those first trail races as PRs!)
States added: 4
LA, WA, UT & NY
The most states I have added in one year
Which brings me up to 16 states (and 18 halfs)
2018 looks to be a quieter year, but of course you never know. I am signed up for two halfs and the annual July 4th race. And that’s it. I’d love to have 2018 all mapped out, because I’m a planner and it makes me happy to have things to look forward to, but I also believe that things work out the way they are supposed to be.
As usual, I am still thinking about 2018 goals. When I searched for it on my blog, I couldn’t actually find any 2017 goals. No doubt Darlene will point them out to me, she always seems to be able to find everything. There were many monthly goals, and most of the time I did well with them.
I would like to add two states next year (one of the halfs I’m already signed up for is a repeat state — just the way things worked out). I’ll be honest: I’d love to add three states, but the main goal is to keep running, tackle new challenges, and have fun with it all.
Have you got your goals all set for 2018?
What about your races?
Do you always tally up your monthly & yearly mileage?