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Miles and Goals

I'm not organized enough to write a real year-end recap, but I couldn't resist posting my DailyMile summary graph and looking back at the miles I ran in 2011.

Last year in January, I was recovering from a six month battle with a bulging disc in my lower back. I slowly began building my mileage back. Mindful of the long period I'd been unable to run, I took it easy and enjoyed simply being out there.

This chart shows total miles including walking, cycling, hiking ...
This shows the miles I ran: 1158

My longest run in 2011 was Highlands Sky 40 Miler. I was ecstatic to run a PR there.

I also ran three 50K trail races, a road marathon, a trail half marathon, a 10 mile trail race, two 5 milers and three 5K races (one of which was supposed to be a 10k).

Races I ran this year:
40 M - 1 (PR)
50 K - 3
26.2 M - 1 (PR)
13.1 M - 1
10 M - 1
5 M - 2
5 K - 3 (PR)

This year, I'm excited about running more miles. I enjoyed the structured training I did in preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon, even if I didn't love running all those miles on the roads

I'm especially looking forward to running my favorite trail race of all, the Laurel Highlands 70 Miler. It's a challenging, beautiful, ever-changing, close-to-magical trail in southwest Pennsylvania. Every section has different flora. Come race day in June, the wildflowers are everywhere.

A stream bed on the Laurel Highlands trail

Running Laurel Highlands 70 Miler in 2006
Posing for a moment among a fields of ferns as far as the eye can see
I ran this race in 2006, and had a fantastic day out there. It took me just over 19 hours, and I'm hoping to better my time this year.

My check has been mailed. Now all I have to do is put in the training miles this Spring.

I'm definitely looking forward to the challenge. But mostly, I'm excited to run the miles.


  1. I feel like it was just yesterday we were riding bikes and complaining about our butts! so glad you had a happy and healthy year as a runner, my friend. and 70 miles, badass.

  2. Wow! That's a lot of miles. When is the Laurel Highlands? Looks challenging, but fun.

  3. I'm always impressed by the number of miles that you log, both in races and training!

  4. Love reading your blog and look forward to seeing what you do in 2012!

  5. wow, Kir, those are some serious miles! I think I had one 200+ month this year and the rest hovered in the 180s. Great work and so good to have a goal like Laurel Highlands to keep you focused for the spring. See you at G2G?

  6. What's your goal this year? PR'ing my 70-miler. No big deal :) Have so much fun training on the trails this year. I hope to join you after June!

  7. Whoops, I should have made the caption bigger. No, I didn't run any 200 mile months! I added my "month by month" chart that reflects just my running miles. It's not as pretty.

  8. I love Laurel Highlands! I barely missed 3000 miles, which shocked me, but then again, I don't have much of a life. I hope that some of our miles are shared in 2012.

  9. I love this kind of stats! Good job! And have a great 2012. Keep on training!

  10. Great job! I miss NoVA and the DC area......hope to get back there soon.

    - Bull

  11. Love the stats! I love the pic of you on the trail amongst the ferns. If there were places like that in Toronto, I'd be taking to the trails on a regular basis!! Best of luck with your 2012 season!

  12. Happy Birthday

    Bob in Colorado

  13. What a great year you had. You deserved it after that stupid injury. Thanks for sharing your end of the year report. I love it.

  14. I love the focus on the actual act of running—not the sexy finish-line moments, but the miles that come before it. You're all set up to have a strong, happy 2012, running-wise and otherwise!


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