My nifty running log, an elaborate Excel spreadsheet I found by googling "running log," has a data field for "Yearly Goal Progress," which calculates how many miles I am ahead or behind my goal of reaching 1,000 miles this year based on my monthly average.
During the height of marathon training, I banked a ton of miles and have been well ahead of my goal for most of the year. Since the marathon, however, my running has been spotty. I've watched the miles I saved up dwindle away like a leaky 401(k). To make matters worse, I got sick on Friday and haven't run since last Tuesday.
From a high of 140 miles in reserve, I've squandered my mileage funds, and now I am a mere three miles ahead of the game. That is, if I keep up my current pace. I've got 20 miles logged as of the halfway mark of December, and I need another 18 to limp across the goal line. I should probably get running, unless I can get a bailout ...
Let this be a warning to you, don't tempt fate.