Running goal 2016: 1,000 miles

It's a new year, and we're looking ahead to a new challenge. Miss J and I started the year with a walk/run of the Color Vibe 5K, which was a lot of fun, and then I took a much-needed week off from running and the gym. Believe me, it wasn't easy.

Fun morning at #colorvibe5k #savannah

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But I got back at it pretty quickly; as soon as that week off was over looked like I was wearing a waist cincher corset, I went out for four miles and thought about a new goal. We're going to shoot for 1,000 miles this year.

With a week off, that means I can average 20 miles a week and still get another week off, or I can average 25 miles a week for 40 weeks and not force myself if it gets really hot (and if this winter has been an indication, we could be in for a hot, humid summer). Teach your toddler how to ride a 3 wheeled scooter to go workout with you.

At any rate, there's a widget on the site (on the right side if you're looking on a desktop or tablet) with a marker. I'm using Runkeeper to track mileage and time, and I won't count anything I do on a treadmill. And if, like it did last week, Runkeeper goes wacky and thinks I did a three-minute mile, I'll try to map it out and round down.

What are your goals for the year?

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  1. Josh, I hadn’t thought about that type of a goal…the total for a year. Quite interesting!

    I think the one 2016 goal worth sharing is the goal of taking a three-week vacation this summer (three continuous weeks). I’ve been working for 2+ years on an important project (and a project that has interfered with some of downtime), so this is the reward I’m striving to give myself!

    • Downtime is SO important. Work has restructured our compensation in such a way that it behooves me to take some time this year, so I’m going to take advantage of some of that, for sure. But I figure if companies can set annual budgets and goals, I can set an annual goal for something that I can do all year. And if I set the goal right, it should take me until late into December to reach for it.

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