The 3,000 mile thing started last year when I basically just wanted to find out if I could do it. By the end of the year I was exhausted and didn't think I was gonna make it, but I held on and ended with 3,005 miles ran in 2011. However my ankles, hips, and hamstrings were really beginning to show some signs of tendinitis ... which is why I decided to change my foot strike from a heel strike to a midfoot strike (more on that later).
At the beginning of 2012 I really began focusing on the new strike in earnest, basically training my feet to land in a totally different way than they had all their life. When you make this change, you really have to decrease your mileage to give your legs time to adjust. So there were a few months early in the year where my mileage was a little lower than normal. But in the summer after I got the hang of it, I really picked up the mileage pace with several 90-100 mile weeks, averaging about 85 miles per week from July to September. But during the last two months, I've really tapered off quite a bit again.
Actually, if you figure about 36 inches per foot step while running, 3,000 miles is about 5,280,000 footsteps. Almost 5.3 million ... that's crazy when you think about it! And it comes out to about 8.5 miles per day, or about 58 miles per week. Following are the month-by-month totals:
January February March April May June July August September October November December
204 207 244 198 248 302 395 363 352 246 146 96
... be great today!