August Running Goal: 100 miles

I’ve been putting this post off awhile. No particular reason, but it seems like summer is winding down rapidly and a lot of things have taken time and attention.

I set a goal at the beginning of the month and I love that constant use of Garmin Connect means I have a ton of data to look at to help guide my training. When I set a goal of 100 miles, it may have seemed small to some, crazy to others, but it’s actually highly logical to me. I’ve never run 100 miles in a month. It actually represents a 25% improvement over my previous best effort. Also, it’s not the only focus I have, there’s still swimming, cycling and conditioning to do.

Some fun things to look at below:

  • Total miles since October is 657.61 miles
  • Average miles per month is 59.78 miles
  • Previous record, March ’17 at 82.74 miles

Time Period

Count

Distance

Avg Distance

Time

Elevation Gain

Avg Speed

Avg HR

Avg Run Cadence

Steps

Aug 2017

13

69.17

5.32

9:10:55

4,106

7.5

138

85

92,134

Jul 2017

14

79.02

5.64

12:05:56

5,619

6.5

132

78

112,708

Jun 2017

11

51.55

4.69

7:20:10

4,672

7.0

143

82

70,682

May 2017

13

81.17

6.24

10:54:46

8,309

7.4

144

84

110,554

Apr 2017

10

67.33

6.73

8:44:45

2,227

7.7

147

84

88,390

Mar 2017

14

82.74

5.91

12:37:31

2,744

6.6

141

77

116,482

Feb 2017

6

37.53

6.26

4:58:17

1,030

7.6

154

82

49,320

Jan 2017

6

54.10

9.02

7:42:24

1,275

7.0

150

83

77,132

Dec 2016

12

71.40

5.95

9:34:13

789

7.5

147

85

97,908

Nov 2016

7

40.84

5.83

5:18:15

122

7.7

147

87

55,328

Oct 2016

3

22.75

7.58

3:09:45

71

7.2

152

85

32,284

Now, we’re 20 days into the month and sitting just below 70 miles. That gives me approximately 11 days to crank out 30 miles. Doable, for sure.

Do I feel like I pushed myself enough this month? Definitely.

When I started running, I learned the hard way about adding mileage or increasing speed too much too fast. This is why there aren’t any 7-day marathon training guides, your body simply wasn’t designed to do that (or do it injury-free).

As I get closer to the end of the month, I’m really starting to take all the data, combined with subjective “how am I feeling” input to decide what September should look like. More? Less? More hills, less mileage? Screw hills, do sprints? There’s no wrong answer, but I have found that having a goal has kept me honest about making running a priority!

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