I know I’m somewhat late for an end-of-year review but having recently signed up to #run1000miles in 2019, I felt an urge to check last year’s numbers to see how feasible that was… Turns out, with a bit of consistency, it’s totally achievable!
In 2018, I ran a total of 704.1 miles (compared to 344.2 the previous year). It represents 157 runs and almost 147 hours of running! I hit the trails for 217.2 of those miles and climbed 49,833 feet… That’s higher than the Everest!
My highest mileage month was June with 108.3 miles and my lowest mileage month was December with a measly 19.5 miles. I took two weeks off during the holidays; I was extremely tired and the motivation was lacking.
I completed two challenges: I ran 75 miles in February and ran every single day during the month of June.
I also ran two races. In August, I took part in the Nottingham 10K with Edward and our friend Mike; in October, I ran the Tough 10 Peak District. It was my first ever trail race and I finished in 1 hour 25 minutes, which I was quite proud of since I was only a few minutes behind Edward who is usually a much faster runner than I am!
I never seem to have enough running shoes, but I managed to limit myself to three pairs in 2018. I started the year with my trusted Ravenna 8 and bought my first pair of Salomon Speedcross 4 in March. After sustaining an ankle injury in the early summer, I went for a gait analysis and left with my now very-much-loved Ghost 10.
Aside from my trainers, my favourite pieces of gear were my Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0 hydration pack, my Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR watch (the navigation function is simply the best thing ever) and my tiny and very practical Petzl Bindi head torch.
That’s it for 2018!
2019 has been a little brutal to begin with, but after two years of insisting to my GP that there was something wrong with me, them replying that shortness of breath and fatigue are only due to my asthma, me arguing some more and a battery of blood tests and ultrasounds, I was finally diagnosed with iron deficiency. I just started taking a supplement that should be fully effective within a couple of weeks and will hopefully make running a tad easier.
My goals for this year – other than running 1000 miles (I convinced Edward to sign up with me so I have an accountability buddy) – are to run another trail race and my first official half marathon. A sub-60 York 10K with Mike has also been mentioned. Wish me luck for that one!
2018 was an excellent year of running. Here’s to hoping 2019 is just as good!