I ran 77.2 Miles in January (My System for Easily Tracking ALL My Miles)

This year I am trying to really keep track of how many miles I run. Last year my Garmin did a really good job of creating a record for my outdoor miles, but I was really bad about logging my treadmill miles.

One thing I started last year and have carried into this year is highlighting each day on my calendar that I work out:


This provides me with a quick visual on how many workouts I’m skipping. My running coach gives me one full rest day each week (usually Thurs or Fri), so if there is more than one white square in a week I know I’m slacking.

This year instead of just coloring in the square I also write down how many miles I ran on each running day. Then at the end of the month I can just quickly tally it up! This month my total running miles is 77.2.

In January I clearly slacked a lot. I only got all of my workouts in 1 of the 5 weeks. To be fair the week with three rest days in a row was due to my knee/sciatica. But I have no real excuses for all of the other white days.

I should have run many more miles this month, but I can’t go back in time now. The one good thing is that I never skipped a long run.

Working out most days helps me to feel better and healthier, but I don’t necessarily feel guilty if I skip a workout. I think this shows personal improvement for me because my disordered past includes an obsessiveness with working out. In the past if I missed a day I would have to compensate in some horrible way and that is no longer the case.

I know staying committed to my weekly training plan is important because it will help me achieve my running goals, and that is important to me. That’s why I should try harder to skip less workouts … not because of some crazy voice in my head.

Last night I skipped my workout because Adam took me out on a dinner date! We were celebrating because I got my yearly review and a really nice raise!


Now I can afford to buy Cecil a running stroller for cats and take him out for some fresh air! : )

I’m just kidding … sort of. I may or may not have looked into it.

Happy Super Bowl Weekend! Hawks or Broncos?Β 

– Go Hawks! (Their defense gave me so many points in fantasy football this year)

How do you motivate yourself to workout on days when you just want to be lazy?Β 



  1. February 1, 2014 / 11:04 am

    If you find a cat stroller, let me know! That is awesome about you progress about skipping workouts and not feeling guilty or overcompensating. Honestly, I think it is MUCH better to skip a few workouts than run “junk” miles or punish yourself with exercise for missing a workout. I actually think *most* runners end up over training for their events. (You probably aren’t because you have a coach!) Anyway, that’s a quick and easy way to keep track of your miles. πŸ™‚ I should do that! I used to track online but forgot my password to the program about 3 years ago and have never tracked since!

    • February 2, 2014 / 11:22 pm

      I will! I’ve actually looked at a couple different models πŸ™‚ The problem seems to be that no one really makes a running stroller for pets. From the reviews I’ve read the strollers are good for walking but not really running. I’m still on the hunt for a good one that will last. I will let you know!

  2. February 1, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    77 miles is a great month! I usually set a goal of 70 miles each month – some months I skin by some months I crush it. lol I am fan of not overtraining. If you feel like you need a day take it πŸ™‚
    I love the kitty stroller idea lol I have a friend that has one for her small dog and it cracks me up but the dog enjoys it! Congrats to hubby on a raise! More running shoes for Kristina ;0)

    • February 2, 2014 / 11:23 pm

      Haha yes, every time I see someone with a stroller for their pet I think they are crazy, but I also secretly want one. I guess who cares what other people think, right?!

  3. February 1, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    I like the calendar idea. It looks like a good visual representation and it’s easy to find the days off. I use Dailymile to track all of my workouts and that does the trick for me but I think I might color a calendar as well. Nice tip!

    • February 2, 2014 / 11:25 pm

      I track my miles in so many different ways (runkeeper, garmin connect, everymove, etc.). I think that’s why it’s so hard for me to get an accurate yearly total because the miles are tracked in so many places… that’s where the calendar really helps me. I also like being able to see days off quickly. It’s a great visual reminder that says “oops you’ve already taken too many rest days, better get your butt out there!” πŸ™‚

  4. February 2, 2014 / 4:04 pm

    That’s a GREAT total mileage for January!!! Seriously, you’re amazing!

    I never know what to believe about treadmill miles. To trust the ‘mill or the Nike+?! Neither ever seems accurate.

    • February 2, 2014 / 11:27 pm

      Yes, I have that problem too. I track my outdoor miles mostly though my Garmin but when I upload the data to Garmin Connect AND RunKeeper the totals are always different. It’s usually not by too much but still… I usually go with whatever my Garmin says since I trust the satellites more than whatever runKeeper uses to calculate the mileage.