Welcome to the 2,018 miles in 2018 challenge! To help get you started I created a January2018RunTrainingPlan. You can use this guide to track both your planned and actual miles. In the month of January we are focusing on building our base, while staying on track for the total number of miles we will need per week to meet our goal.
In order for us to reach 2,018 miles by the end of 2018 we need to run an average of 38.8 miles a week. If we run six days a week (I highly recommend taking at least one rest day a week), we need to average running 6.5 miles a day.
The way I built the plan for January was to alternate longer runs with shorter runs and have a long run every Saturday. This plan has Sunday as a rest day, but feel free to take whatever day works best for you. Personally, I like to have one day on the weekend that I can sleep in.
I am cheering on all of you that are running the Walt Disney World Marathon on January 7! I ran the Dopey Challenge in 2014, Goofy Challenge in 2013 and the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2011. I’m so sad that I’m missing out on the Walt Disney World Marathon this year, but I am attending my first residency for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at Queens University of Charlotte this January, so I couldn’t justify doing both in the same month.
Running 2,018 miles will definitely be a challenge, so I am going to build race recommendations into the plan to keep up our motivation. Of course, don’t forget that the Disney Princess Half Marathon is on February 25 (I’ll be there!) and the Star Wars Half Marathon is on April 22. If you want to really take your running to new levels this year, sign up for the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon on September 23. I ran this race in 2016 and it was AMAZING!
I’d love to hear from you. Let me know if this plan works for you or if you’d like to see any tweaks! I am looking forward to taking this journey with you!