Monday, January 31, 2011

Goal: 1000 Miles in 2011 (January)

Earlier this month, I set a goal to run 1000 miles this year.  It's a very challenging goal but I believe it's attainable if I can run 4 times a week consistently.   I had a fairly successful first month working towards this goal although I am below the average required number of miles.  I normally run more when it's warmer outside though and when I am getting close to an actual race date.   Admittedly, I haven't registered for the half marathon that I had planned on entering.  I haven't been avoiding it.  I just have so many things to do that it hasn't hit the top of the priority list yet!

The chart shows my progress for the month using my Nike + with my IPod.  It's a little off with the calibration and I need to re-set it.  It works well at the speed I calibrated it at but doesn't compensate correctly when I speed up which I have done over the past month!  I am going to fix it this week so hopefully it reflects the speed more accurately.  I am explaining this so you don't think I'm cheating when I say that I ran 75 miles this month. I decided to give myself an extra 0.1 miles per run or so to make up for the difference between the treadmill distance and the Nike + information.

I plan on doing this update every month and I'll add to the grand total and hopefully end up with 1000 miles by the end of the year.

Month 1 - 75 Miles

What I need to do in February:
  • Register for half marathon in April
  • Run 4 times a week for a total of at least 75 miles
  • Start a training program for the half marathon 
Challenges I anticipate:
  • A toddler
  • A baby
  • My Master's Class
  • A temperamental treadmill
In reality, running is a great stress relief for me.  I'm looking forward to spring so I can get outside again and do my longer runs outdoors on Sundays.   Next update will be a month from now! 


  1. Love your blog, so glad I found it! I admire your ability to run, I was never able to master the art myself lol..stop by to follow back :) Thanks!!

  2. Way to go Trudy! I, too, have taken on the 1000 mile challenge this year! You are doing great considering you have two kids and school to contend with. Look forward to reading about your progress this year. Sincerely, Sarah0408 (from WB)

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  4. Loree, thanks! Following you back.

    Thanks Sarah! How are you doing so far? Any race goals in mind? I think you mentioned a half marathon too. Our accountability thread sort of died..I just don't have time to keep it up anymore. Trudy

    Teresa, following you back. Thanks for the compliment! :-)

  5. Hey Trudy, I still pretend that there is a thread and am accountable to you LOL. I have my first post prego half on Feb 20th, and then I am going to conquer my first full on May 1st. I am so nervous for it! It is Feb 1, have you registered for your half yet ;)

  6. Great goal! You should check out the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training... they have an awesome marathon/half marathon training program for an amazing cause. Thanks for visiting our little bloggy world! We hope you enjoyed your visit and come by often, we love having you :) Don't forget to come by Feb. 2-6 to enter our Handmade with Love Giveaway and a Valentine's day giveaway we already have underway.

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    koco & viking

  7. Apparently I should check my comments more often! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am embarrassed to say that my running hasn't been nearly as consistent and I may need to readjust my goal to 1000 km...if even that. I plan on posting my update this summer with some new realistic goals based on what I've done so far.


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