My wife is a runner. Scratch that. My wife is an exceptional and competitive runner. I’ve never really gotten into running beyond the slightly more-than-occasional 5k run outdoors or the twice weekly indoor treadmill run.
Last year, I decided I wanted to run more, and I would hold myself accountable for the running I do. I set a goal of running 42 miles each month with an overall goal of 500 miles for the year. I began tracking each run distance in Excel to ensure I stayed on track for each month and the entire year.
I hit my 42 mile goal every month las year, and I ran more than 530 miles for the year. In addition, I ran my first 10k race and set personal records for 5k runs. My fastest 5k was 22:52. I think the most fair way to see my progress is my Wellesley Turkey Trot 5k times. In 2022, with a couple months of regular running, I ran the Turkey Trot in 25:20. I had previously done it in 26:33. This past November, my time was 23:08. It’s pretty neat seeing my improvement since I’ve never been much of an athlete.
This year, I have a similar personal goal for 2024. I am going to increase my monthly running target modestly – to 45 mile/month and 525 mile/year goal, but I am adding a twist. I want to do at least twelve 5k runs with friends. I have always hated running with people. My friends who run are very good athletes, and I don’t want to slow them down or embarrass myself. I also have not been in good enough shape to be able to hold a conversation during a run. I am going to do 20 runs with friends – not including races.
When I attend the ICA meeting in Las Vegas later this month, I hope I can do at least one 5k run with industry friends.
I think running is healthy, and I hope you are doing some exercise to stay fit.