Wow! Is 2015 really 25% done already? This year is flying by so I think a check on progress and goals is in order. Out of necessity my running mileage is behind schedule. Plain and simple I just ran too many races. I overestimated my ability to recover from longer races and heavy volume. In January I ran 110 miles, but 75 of those miles were during the Dopey Challenge and Celebration Marathon. I only did 8 training runs for the month for 35 miles, and all of them were short, easy runs. In February my Achilles was acting up enough where I canceled two half marathons and a bunch of training. I did manage a 5k and a half marathon at the end of the month, but only 43.75 miles total.
March saw improvement with my Achilles and two more races, both 10-milers, on the first and last Sundays of the month. I managed to get back over 100 miles for the month and got back into some much needed training. I’ve also done a small amount of training on the spin bike (36.5 miles), elliptical (23 miles), and walking (13 miles). Not very much cross-training for three months. I’ve also been slacking on my other fitness intentions: push-ups, squats, and planks. Here’s my actual vs. 2015 goals:
Activity Jan-March 2015 goal
Running 255.13 miles 1600 miles
Bike 36.54 miles 1000 miles
Elliptical 23.2 miles 500 miles
Push-ups 341 10,000
Squats 272 25,000
Planks 750 minutes 20 minutes
As I said, I’ve been slacking in all of these areas. Some of it is due to the Achilles injury and some of it is the mental state that the injury put me in. This seems really strange to say since I didn’t start running until I was 44, but not being able to run and train really left me feeling like something major was missing from my life.
I have two major running goals this year and it is going to take cross-training and increased fitness to reach them. In the next six months I have only one race scheduled (Echo Half) and I’ll be totally committed to training so that I can reach those goals. Sure, I’d love to run 28 races this year like I did last, but I’d rather have a realistic shot at a BQ time in November. In the past week I have seen two signs that are very encouraging: a PR at last weekend’s 10-mile race and a short sprint where I averaged a 4:42/mile pace at the end of a 4 mile run. Small steps, but progress is being made!
I’m more than willing to check in on anyone who is in need of some accountability to stay on track. I also welcome anyone to check on me.