I’m running the track workout tonight but I had a second and after reading through some of your training logs I got a bit reflective. I went back through my mileage log, just to see where I came from and was surprised by my own numbers. I have been on my marathon “training program” since March 15th. At the point I started, my longest weekly run was 4 miles and I was averaging 15 miles per week. Here’s what I found out when I did the math:
Total distance (March 15 to September 15): 744 miles
Average mile time for a 5 mile run (in March): 10:45
Average mile time for a 5 mile run (September 4): 7:38
Total hours spent on the road/trail: 164
Highest weekly total: 41 miles
Runs over 20 miles: 4
Runs over 13 miles: 18 (starting with first one in late May)
Highest monthly total: August 1 to August 31- 142 miles
Pounds lost since March 15: 33
Pairs of shoes: 3
Hammer Gel packets: 62
Injuries: 2- one running, one home improvement related
Time off due to injuries: 3 days (twisted ankle on run), 1 1/2 weeks (dropped box of granite tiles on my big toe)
Sunrises/sunsets seen: 40 sunrises/52 sunsets. Every one was worth it.
Races run: 5
Races left to run: 2 (Columbia Half Marathon Challenge and KC Marathon)
I know this may not be much for a seasoned marathoner. Some run 100 miles a week. But, for me, it’s great to look back down the hill and see how far I’ve climbed. I still have a bit of a hill to go, but I can see the top and it’s really beautiful up here…!
I think this is a great way to help you get through your “doldrums” period in your training. A lot of runners I train with are in that period now, where you question your sanity and it just seems like all you are doing is running, eating and sleeping but you are just far enough away from the “goal” of the race that sometimes you forget why you are here. Looking back at where you were and how far you’ve come is a great way to boost your spirits. Did you ever think you could run this far?