So, the final count for 2005 is officially 1,832 miles. It's a far piece from the big 2,000 I had aspirations of reaching, but before I could start beating myself up about it too much, I thought to compare it to my 2004 mileage of 1,122 and even more starkly, my 2003 mileage of 472! And I was wondering where all these PR's were coming from?? I'm really wishing now that I had an accurate count for the years preceding those. I barely even kept track of my mileage during the months (or more often weeks) of my marathon training. In hindsight, it's quite shocking that I've run as well as I have over the years. I think I must have run that 3:09 at Boston 2002 on less than 500 miles for the year! It's tempting to shake my head and lament the waste of talent, but since I've finally started to catch on to the value of training, there's really nothing to be done but keep it up and see where it can take me in the here and now. It really is exciting. I just need to stay focused through the winter and not let fatigue get the best of me.
I've got another brief winter getaway coming up this week, which is nice in terms of escaping from the cold winds and freezing rain, but experience has shown that it can be challenging to fit in the miles while on vacation. I'm really hoping to finally get back over 30 miles for the week, which should be eminantly doable. Now, I just have to actually do it.