I had signed up to run the Vienna City Marathon today. Unfortunately, a nasty cold kept me from travelling to Vienna; and there’s no way I could even think about participating.

While I’m not running myself today, I thought at least I could write about running. At the beginning of the year, a friend challenged me to run 1,000 kilometres this year. Without thinking much about it, I agreed to the challenge.

I have done the thinking and the maths since. Running 1,000 kilometres in 52 weeks means running 19.2 kilometres every week. Essentially a half marathon every week. It doesn’t sound that difficult. Just do two 10k runs every week, or the occasional half marathon, and you are on your way.

My problem is that I don’t manage to go for a run every single week. For example right now, with my nasty cold, there’s no way I could go for a run.

That on the other hand means I have to compensate in the good weeks and run considerably more than 20k in those.

My best week so far was the one of the Bath half marathon (the photo is from that run). With the half marathon and three 10k runs, I managed to do a total of 52.1k in that week. That gives me the buffer that I’m still benefiting from with my cold right now so that I don’t fall behind my overall goal.

Generally, having the goal of running 1,000 kilometres in 2016 helps; it keeps me motivated. Also, my friend set up a Facebook group of people who accepted his challenge. The camaraderie in that group is an additional motivator.

And for me, it has been really useful to track my runs with Strava. When I run the same route multiple times, Strava matches those runs and shows me my performance improvement over time. And there’s nothing more motivating than your own progress.

Unfortunately, once I have recovered from my cold and will be able to run again, I guess Strava will also visualise the loss of fitness I have suffered from due to the forced break. Oh well, I’m sure with a bit of running I’ll soon be back at my previous fitness level.