I try to measure most of my goals. I have, for the last two years, wanted to run 1000 miles over the course of the year. This year I came as close as I have ever come. I ran 800.13 miles over the course of this year.
As I look at my running, I see where life events effected my running. My father died in March. That was a month where I did not get a lot of miles in. My son graduated in June. Again, the two weeks around graduation and the party were low mileage times. I got a new gig at the end of August, beginning of September. Until I manage to figure it out better than the first three or four weeks, low mileage times were there.
I am again going to strive for 1000 miles over the course of the year. To make it better, I want to add some races into the mileage since I ran my first one this year. I have several lists down for different races and will try to put them into my schedule.
Unfortunately, life will always get in the way but if I plan, I will hit 1000 miles this year.