I always feel like December gets lost in the mix. Like the long lost month of training posts. But December was a great month, running-wise. I’m running more than I ever have in my life, and I’m healthy.
Miles Run: 385
Range of Paces: 5:46-18:48 (track miles to trail miles)
People ask me: why are you running so much? Quite simply because I can. I don’t have an in-person job right now, so I have the flexibility to do so. This time is something I haven’t had in years, but I also know it’s limited. So with the opportunity, I have taken it. Plus, without racing, I’m able to be more consistent with training. I’m not building up and tapering for races. I miss racing, but I’m taking advantage of being able to run consistently.
I never thought I would run above 300 miles in a month again, especially the same year as I broke my foot. The timing has worked out well.
I’ve been trying to get to the track once a week and doing standard and simple workouts like 400s or 800s. I find that just getting to the track is a big step for me, and I don’t need to complicate things more. I like simple workouts, so I’ve found things like 12X400s work well for me to build speed (and they have). I feel myself getting faster, and even my easy runs are much faster than they once were.
I ran several harder efforts, including a 19:31 5k on the track and a 19:43 5k on the roads. I also ran a 1:08 10 mile tempo. All of these are faster than I did in most of 2019 and all of 2020. Like racing, I don’t ever go into them with a specific time goal but see what I can do for the day. I push myself as hard as I can for the day.
One thing that I believe has kept me healthy while allowing me to do volume are the trails. Trail runners say this all of the time, but there are many days I run on the trails and log anywhere between 10-20 minute miles. They are hike runs, but miles never the less. They are a lot less stressful on my body than even 9-minute miles on the roads.
What is in store for January?
I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. I am building fitness (for what or when who knows), and I’m looking forward to running fast when the time comes.
My New Years Resolution is to do strength training 3X a week. It’s something I’ve consistently said I’ll do but haven’t or even half-assed it.
Posts from the Month:
Runners Love Yoga Gear Review
Four Sigmatic Protein Powder Review
Oofos Boots Review
Liquid I.V. Review
Vital Performance Sleep Review
Bose Sport Earbuds Review
Vertiball Back Massager Review
Questions for you:
How was your month of December?
Do you have any goals for January?