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Friday, February 29, 2008

The miles keep adding up

My goal this year is to run 1,600 miles. That’s 133 miles a month, 30.6 a week, or 4.4 a day. When you look at it per day, it seems like it’s an easier task. Looking at the average I’d need to keep the entire month makes it a little more daunting. I’ve scribbled down every mile I’ve ever run since I started running in 2004 and the only times I’ve topped 130 miles in a month was when I was training for a marathon. In August 2005, I ran 133 miles. Last October, I ran 173 miles, and last December I ran 148 miles.
Before this month, the most I’d ever run in a month when I was not training for a marathon was 114 miles in January. Today, I did a 6-miler and wound up with 127 miles for the month.
Now, I’m still behind the 1,600-miles-per year pace. But, I figure when I train for the White Rock Lake Marathon starting in January, I’ll more than make up the deficit.
The February mileage has taken a little toll on my health. I’ve got a slight pain in my left arch and a nagging pain in my lower leg. Both pains go away when I’m running, though the leg pain _ I hurt it trying Feb. 5 jumping awkwardly out of the street to avoid an oncoming car _ is becoming bothersome. It feels like a deep, deep bruise. Funny thing is the faster I run, the better it feels. But when I’m slow _ which means at the beginning of runs, it’s like torture.
I get to see my son this weekend, so I think I’m going to _ gulp _ take a few days off from running and enjoy being drooled on.
February running totals: 127.74 miles, 19 hours, 24 minutes, 52 seconds. Pace: 9:07 minutes/mile.

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Blogger Cynthia said...

Hey Lyons, I admire your enthusiasm ... but I think that 1,600 miles would be more fun on a bike! Cheers!

February 29, 2008 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Greg On the Run said...

Found you on the Complete Running Network. You'll find others stopping by soon.

That's a very ambitious mileage goal you've set out but looks like you're on your way with it.

March 2, 2008 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Kevin Lyons said...

Yeah, 1,600 miles is a lot. I just hope I am still walking when the year is done.

March 3, 2008 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Brian Baresch said...

Hey Kevin. Thanks for the pointer to the blog. Looks good so far.

My biggest year for running miles was somewhere around 2,200 in 2004, the year I ran two marathons and a bunch of shorter races (I think I saw you at the Irving pumpkin run that year). It's simpler when you're single and childless.

Good luck!

March 3, 2008 at 7:25 PM  

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