My first year of running saw me covering 800km - and some of that was very tiring. I was dubious at the start of 2017 whether I should set myself a target of 1,000 km, a 25% increase and such a long way! Plus I don't like missing targets! Then the year started off badly with low mileage, lack of motivation and a cold. But in March I gave myself a shake and decided to up the stakes.
I had done 10k about 4x but it was still a struggle - well that had to stop. From now on my long run was going to be 10k+, I was going to run 4x a week and expected to cover at least 20k a week.
And that's pretty much what I've done ever since. Minimum 100k a month, mostly more, which means that at the end of October my total for 2017 has reached 1,006 km.
I hope I can keep it up, because it seems to suit me. No colds since February, no injuries. More energy (mostly), weight stable and feeling fitter than ever. But I know it is something I have to work for. I mustn't get complacent, I run now - but will I still be running in a year's time?