- Complete a Marathon Race.
Remain Injury-FreeAvoid Serious Injury.
After recent feedback from my body, I feel like 1,500 miles for Goal 1 is more consistent with ensuring I meet Goal 3, which is necessary to meet Goal 2. Breaking it down, 1,800 miles averages about 35 miles per week. At the beginning of 2010, I'll be on an 18-week marathon training schedule that starts me at 24 miles per week, and doesn't pass 35 miles until week 7. It will peak at 44 miles and average about 33 miles over the 18 weeks, including the 26.2 miles for the actual marathon. That automatically puts me behind over the first 18 weeks, and also doesn't account for several recovery weeks after the marathon. So, I'm going with 1,500 miles, which averages about 29 per week.
It looks like I'll finish 2009 at around 1,200 miles. My goal was 1,000. In 2010, I'd rather exceed a more cautious goal than hurt myself trying to attain a more difficult goal.