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Distance tracking 2012

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I always forget about the reports you can run on SparkPeople! They're super helpful when you want to take a close look at what you're doing (or not doing). I thought I'd take a look at how many miles I covered in 2012, so I ran a report to see my distance over the year.

Here are the miles I covered last year:

Jan: 11.64
Feb: 32.43
March: 28.71
April: 14.18
May: 23.59
June: 27.98
July: 9.32
Aug: 7.05
Sept: 31.69
Oct: 16.26
Nov: 56.10
Dec: 39.98



Lots of ups and downs, which I expected given how inconsistent I was with running this year. Looking at the low months like April and July/August, I can recall some stressful things going on in my life at those times. And November, when my numbers peaked, that was a good months for me in general. I was walking a mile each morning as a daily challenge and I was getting back to consistent training with Couch to 10K. And things in my personal life were OK, too. It's all connected, whether I want to admit that or not.

My goal last year was 9 miles/week for a total of 468 miles. I was planning to run a 10K, so I thought I'd hit or surpass that weekly goal without a problem. Not so much! It shows me that I really need to be consistent to reach my goals, no matter how small they may seem on paper.

But I'm not going to dwell on what I didn't do. Because I did cover 298.93 miles in 2012, and that gives me a goal to beat in 2013. Always improve, right?

Tomorrow morning, I'm running a 5K with a few other Sparkpeeps. It's called the Resolution Run, and I did it last year, too. But while last year I almost didn't even go because I was disappointed in myself for not being "ready", this year I'm taking a different approach. I'm going to go out in the early-morning cold and dark and I'm going to have the best run I can with the endurance and speed I've built up to this point. Good or bad, anything can happen out there, but I won't know unless I show up and do it. That's the tone I want to set for myself this year. My body can do great things and my mind just has to catch up with that fact.
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RAINYFRIDAY 1/6/2013 9:14AM

    298 miles for the year is a great number! No doubt you'll blow past it this year, with your great attitude!

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ABB698 1/6/2013 3:32AM

    I didn't even know they had that report. Cool! And 298 miles is WAY better than sitting on the couch! You will totally surpass that this year and you're well on your way! Good luck tomorrow. Btw, love your new profile pic!,, ;)
Go get 'em!, emoticon

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JILLYBEAN25 1/6/2013 2:00AM

    Love that attitude! So refreshing. Hey, you did pretty decent with the miles. I can't wait to see you pass last year's number.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 1/5/2013 9:58PM

    Yay Heather! You did amazing last year. I know 2013 will even better. Good luck on your resolution run.

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FLORNH 1/5/2013 6:55PM

    I forgot about the distance report. Thanks for the reminder!

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