I’ve kept track of every mile I have ran since February, 2007. Including yesterday’s 4 miler, that would be 3795.68 miles. At first glance it might sound like a lot, but closer examination revels that this is only a yearly average of 421 miles, which means that the monthly average is only 35 miles per month. Truth be told there are months with 0 miles, and ones that are pretty high, but if we are talking averages… it’s really not that great.
I log all of these miles in an old ledger book. I’ve grown so attached to it that when I ran out of pages I stated back through the book moving from end to start, writing on the back side of all each page. I know in the digital age it would be easier to log my miles on the computer, I could probably even use the data to generate cool graphs, which would be neat. But really it is the same info, and I do so love flipping though the pages.
Sometime I go over my log and think of how many miles I’ve covered. Sometimes I think about how few. I occasionally mine my log for data. What year did I run the most? Which have consistently been my best running months? But mostly I keep it up so I don’t miss my 5k party. When I hit 5,000 miles, I’m going to throw one hell of a 5k party.