As dedicated as we might be to running, there are times when the last thing you want to do is put on your kit and head out the door. Races and personal bests are one way to stay motivated but bouncing from race to race with no time in between to just run for the fun of it doesn’t work for me. I like to have some periods when (to paraphrase a quote from Pretty Woman) ‘I say where, I say when, I say how much’.

Having my total mileage goal for the year as 800 miles has definitely kept me going through this cold snap when all I want to do is curl up under a duvet with a hot chocolate and watch Christmas films. But it still gives me the flexibility to say when, where and how far on any given day. To hit the magic number before 2010 is out, I need to do 48 miles. Most of the past few weeks I’ve been doing mental arithmetic in my head trying to figure out what the most manageable way to cut my latest target mileage is. That’s eight runs of six miles, or six runs of eight miles or… I could go on but you get the picture.

Thinking about how I’m going to fit in eight runs of six miles in over the next 23 days I had to spare a thought for fellow blogger Diane who is running 10k every day of the 24 days in the run-up to Christmas. Making that commitment to run every day is a tough one but – as running legend Ron Hill who has famously run every day for the past 44 years says – you’ve taken the question of whether you’ll run today or not away and have to just get on and do it. No um-ing and ah-ing.

So, I have no choice but to run 42 miles. I made the decision back in January and now I have to stick to it. Another commitment I’ve made is to Janathon. During January 2011 I’ll be running and blogging every day, so look forward to hearing about some short runs in some even shorter posts. I’ll be channelling my inner Ron Hill – not even illness or injury gets in his way.

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  1. Sofa Spud December 8, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    i too have joined Janathon ….. but i will definitely not be winning any prizes. last june i did manage to exercise every day till about the 26th or so, then commitments took over.

    i was thinking of setting a target next year – maybe 2011 k. i am still debating though – because i have to consider the effort required during the very hot hot summer!

    i hope you manage to find the strength and stamina for your last 42 miles.

  2. maggiee December 8, 2010 at 11:01 PM


    I’ve been following your blogs for a couple of weeks now and finding them really helpful in getting me out the door at times.

    I agree whole-heartedly with you though about Diane… she has been more than inspirational to me over the last couple of weeks and whenever I think of what she’s doing, I daren’t make up excuses to not go for a run.

    I’m running the VLM for the first time in April, and until I started reading everyone’s blogs was a bit worried about the training ahead of me. In my desperation I started a blog myself and am really starting to enjoy writing it… Feeling inspired by everyone else, I think I’m gonna join Janathon – I might not manage it, but I should at least give it a try. And really like the idea of setting a mileage target for the year… just like you, it could just be what gets me through this time next year!

    Good luck in reaching your target

  3. dogvera December 9, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Hi Maggie and SofaSpud,
    Good luck with your marathon training and Janathon. I look forward to reading all about it!

    (lazy girl)

  4. Di's 240km festive madness December 9, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Thank you Maggie and Laura for your kind words. Yes it is a challenge running every day without compromise, compounded by the weather we have experienced in the last week!! It certainly made my challenge harder but I guess I had to expect that with deciding to set my challenge in December!! It’s great to know that what I am doing is helping others and that’s what keeps me going. On a personal level, running helps me clear my head of worries and stresses and I am addicted to the feel good factor therefore, that makes the challenge a teeny bit easier!! Good luck on reaching your goal of 800 miles, you certainly set yourself a challenge there and make my 150 seems nothing compared to what you are doing, enjoy your last few runs of 2010!!

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