I could say that January 2017 has been similar to January 2016 as far as my running is concerned.
Goals set, motivated, getting it done.
But a quick check on my training log from last year surprisingly shows that I’ve already put more miles in this month than Jan 2016.
I’ve been focussing a lot on pre planning my training. Typically on the Sunday of each week I’ve spent time planning the next weeks running. Not only thinking about what I’d do each day, but also making sure it fit with all the other activities, the work, the appointments, the life and the unknowns…
It’s so easy to have good intentions only for those to be lampooned by something from “Leftfield”… And even in my best year so far (2015), even when I was being privately coached, I never managed to master the art of proper pre planning, execution and “curve ball management”.
I’ve set my stall out seeking 5-6hrs of run training per week plus 1hr of strength and conditioning. That’s a fair increase in workload.
I’ve managed to string together 4 good weeks so far this month totalling over 180 miles. I’ve put in a few decent efforts at parkrun and started to introduce some threshold work. All in all I’m feeling fit and strong and only some slightly battered legs at times to be reported (and expected).
An example of how I’m managing to keep things going better than ever before was last week. A full week away with work in Marseilles and I was able.to get out 6am each day for a run around the marina. Usually I’d struggle to keep things ticking over.
On returning home on Friday I was able to recover quickly and put in a good XC session on the Town Moor. A tough session but got 10x just over half a mile with 1 minute rest done.
That should put me in good shape for a couple of XC races in February before I turn my attention to the more important goal of a 5k PB in March and 10k in April/May.
Meanwhile I await news on my debut entry to the GNR and entry to the Blaydon Race in June.
Things coming together knowing that fitness advances usually take a good 6-8 weeks to firm up and all on track so far.
I’ve been reading (and greatly enjoying) Chrissie Wellington’s book A life without limits.
It’s been a great read and a lesson in what can be achieved with the correct positive mindset, hard work and determination. Enjoy what you are doing and savour every minute of the journey you are on.
Thanks for reading.