The New Year is here and many of you probably made New Year’s resolutions. For me, well, I really don’t make any, but, I will put some numbers/times down on paper and make realistic goals. I know what I have to do to get in shape and I don’t need a resolution to get me going when it comes to running. If you make a resolution, great, but I always recommend you look at the past year on paper first.
Did you log all of your miles in 2015? I typically like to look at my miles run by each month of the year. It can be pretty interesting. Too many folks just look at the details of their running from one year to the next. Several runners really don’t pay that much attention to how much they actually run. It is important to view the little details. There within the results lies the truth of why or why not you ran or did not run as well as you would have liked to when you look back on the years past. Don’t kid yourself. Keep up with the miles, every year, it’s important.
Just like when you hear me talk about pacing and how important it is in training and racing, so is logging your miles. It’s pretty simple really. Log your miles daily. At the end of each month, total your miles for the month. Then, see how many miles per day you averaged and how many miles per week you averaged. 31 days in a month means just that. If you ran 20 of those days, the rest are 0’s. I don’t like 0’s, they bring your average way down. It is going to vary depending on what kind of race you are getting ready for. Logging your miles month in and out, year in and year out, develop history that you can learn from.
If I ask you how many miles you ran in 2015, could you answer? You should be able to. You should know. How many miles per month you ran and how many miles per day you averaged. Too many folks just don’t know. I practice what I preach. I have logged every mile since May 26, 1979. I can tell you exactly how many miles I have run in each calendar year with the click of a word document. I use this information with my coaching and with my own personal training. If running is important to you, log your miles. If you want to qualify for the Boston Marathon and it is one of your goals, log your miles, workouts and any other information that can possibly help you reach your goal.
I see several runners who have goals, want to get faster, but are not willing to keep up with their progress. Running faster times requires a lot of dedication, not only months and months of preparation, but paying attention to the details. One must analyze his or her workouts on a regular basis, day in, day out, month in, month out, year to year. There is only one way to do this, a daily running log.
I have set my goals for 2016. I have already planned every major race that I will run in 2016 and registered for most of them. If you need a New Year’s resolution for 2016, let me give you a suggestion. Make your resolution to do this: To keep a running log up daily. Go ahead and plan your major races/goals now for 2016. Analyze each month when it comes to an end. When you look at your miles per month, daily averages, weekly averages, it can open your eyes. You may look at your daily mile average and say “wow, if I had only run just one more mile a day….” Running is important, it makes our lives better and brings quality to our lives, treat it like it’s important to you, because it is.