December 2017 Training Recap

Happy New Year everyone! ​I hope that everyone had a great time celebrating the end of 2017 and welcoming 2018. I know a lot of people who finished of 2017 with huge running accomplishments: anywhere from running odd distances to end up with an even number of miles for the year, running 20.17 miles, racing, or even some that ran 26.2 – not racing! I finished up 2017 with a run that started at 2:17pm and ended up being 3.69 miles to give myself an even 835 miles for the year. Yes, that’s right – 835, 105 miles more than my goal for the year and almost 130 more miles than last year. Let’s talk about the rest of December, shall we?

  • Total Miles: 52.86

Here’s how I managed with my running + walking miles for 2017:

  • January 2016: 55.13 miles / January 2017: 73.83 miles
  • February 2016: 45.57 miles / February 2017: 33.39 miles
  • March 2016: 41.39 miles / March 2017: 51.51 miles
  • April 2016: 61.39 miles / April 2017: 68.68 miles
  • May 2016: 57.14 miles / May 2017: 61.50 miles
  • June 2016: 51.5 miles / June 2017: 51.62 miles
  • July 2016: 52.08 miles / July 2017: 70.38 miles
  • August 2016: 96.27 miles / August 2017: 104.54 miles
  • September 2016: 82.63 miles / September 2017: 136.86 miles
  • October 2016: 68.17 miles / October 2017: 72.28 miles
  • November 2016: 52.0 miles / November 2017: 52.86 miles
  • December 2016: 41.8 miles / December 2017: 57.54 miles
  • TOTAL 2016: 705.06 miles / TOTAL 2017: 835 miles

And just for kicks, here’s how the mileage breaks down by sport (above miles only include running and walking mileage):

  • January 2017: 49.68 running / 24.15 walking
  • February 2017: 32.14 running / 1.25 walking
  • March 2017: 51.31 running / 0.20 walking
  • April 2017: 67.90 running / 0.78 walking / 4.24 cycling
  • May 2017: 61.43 running / 0.07 walking / 11.01 cycling / 1.20 swimming
  • June 2017: 51.62 running / 18.73 cycling / 1.93 swimming
  • July 2017: 70.38 running / 48.81 cycling / 2.26 swimming
  • August 2017: 105 running
  • September 2017: 135 running / 1.50 walking
  • October 2017: 72.28 running
  • November 2017: 36.35 running / 16.51 walking
  • December 2017: 57.54 running
  • TOTALS: 790.63 running / 44.46 walking / 82.79 cycling / 5.39 swimming

What was I training for? I came up with a training plan to get ready for Winterlaufe 8k in February and Bayshore half marathon in May – yeah, early, I know! So I started working on that.

What races did I run? BARC Christmas 5k

Best performances: BARC Christmas 5k – the conditions were rough! Fresh falling snow is pretty but it made for a feeling of running in sand. And still I pulled off not only a course PR but 2nd in my age group!

Opportunities for improvement: Definitely my diet. I have put on quite a few pounds over the last couple of months due to poor eating habits. My training hasn’t been perfect, but it is definitely better than it was last month.

What’s ahead: Well, my crazy self has really been craving another marathon. Who knew that I would get hooked? It isn’t something that a thoroughly enjoy necessarily, but the training keeps me on point. So I am looking at potentially doing the Martian Marathon in April, which means I will start marathon training NOW. I haven’t made a final decision on whether or not I am running it yet, but definitely leaning towards yes. I also plan on (as usual) incorporating more cross training, especially strength training. I am feeling really good about 2018 and look forward to what is in store!

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