We’re a little more than 2 weeks into the New Year and I’m still committed to my 1000-mile goal. Today was the first day I was able to run outside for a week and a half. Between a tough sinus infection and some icy weather I’ve been limited to walking for most of that time. I’ve completed 25.5 miles so far this month which is lower than I projected.
A part of me is tempted to double up on my runs so I can make up for the lost mileage and finish the month with the 80 mile goal that I set. But luckily I’m a lot more sensible than I used to be and I can modify my goal without feeling like I’ve failed.
My goal of running 19 miles a week immediately, when the most I had run in the previous month was 11 miles in a week, was a bit lofty. I know I will have 19 mile and 35 mile weeks but I’m also going to have some 10 mile weeks. I’m not going to risk an injury or neglect everything else that I do just to say I did it.
As my race calendar starts to fill up, I know if I keep running consistently between races that I will hit my goal easily. I will not throw in the towel 18 days into the new year because things aren’t going the way I planned. As long as I get to 1000, it doesn’t matter how I get there.