Well, well, well… It’s been a looooong year, but here we are, at the very end of it. I thought I would reflect on some of my running goals, the peaks and troughs, and what running resolutions I might set for 2017.
So how did it go? All in all, I don’t think it was a bad year. There wasn’t a lot of progress in pacing, per se, but I was a lot steadier and more consistent in getting out for runs, and I had some really good months (unsurprisingly during the summer).
|January||32.4 km over 4:51 across 6 runs||It’s hard to remember this far back…||The usual New Year weather blues!|
|February||94km over 8:31 across 16 runs||Picking up training volume again, including a 54:23 10k||The number of runs that are just shy of 5k|
|March||90.4km over 8:13 across 14 runs||First 10k+ run (13.7km in 1:13)||That my average pace starts a slow decline here|
|April||94.2km over 9:06 across 15 runs||Steady as she goes…||Noticeable pace decrease, including two 10ks (57 and 59)|
|May||131.8km over 12:05 across 13 runs||Two half-marathons (first ever at 1:57, second at 1:58)||That I was too cheap to pay for the Runner’s World app training…|
|June||91km over 8:16 across 12 runs||I at least managed an 8-miler||I couldn’t face a long long-run this month, having done halves in May|
|July||112.82km over 10:06 across 17 runs||A good increase in the number of runs||Quantity =/= distance|
|August||136.4km over 12:25 across 22 runs||Still on the up, including some 10-milers and some 8-milers||Average pace is down, though…|
|September||113.1km over 10:47 across 19 runs||Holding fairly steady and enjoying the sunshine||Only one 8-miler|
|October||60km over 5:32 across 12 runs||Despite travel and moving house, I’m still managing a few runs a week||Most runs now pretty short|
|November||70.75km over 6:29 across 15 runs||Got in a 10k and a 5-miler||Pace is still trending down|
|December||76.18km over 7:05 across 14 runs||Starting to pull back up again, distance-wise||Still a bit slower|
I have found myself slightly frustrated with Strava after discovering that it didn’t have the delightful Excel download feature of RunKeeper, so pulling together my stats was a bit of a hassle. I’m going to have to think about whether I try Nike+ Run Club (which I think lets you download stats), or the paid-for version of Strava.
- The two half-marathons I did, just by myself.
I’m happy that my first one ever was supposed to be a 10-miler that I just pushed on with, and it came in sub-2:00. But the fact that I only managed two and then my half-marathon-a-month plan fell apart is indicative of a fairly basic fact: I’m not that interested in longer distances.
- Running is more part of my everyday routine than in 2015.
There was almost no week when I didn’t run at all. I had some niggles, like shoulder cramps (yep, a weird one) or tight ankles, but still trundled on when and how I could.
- That the half-marathon-a-month plan fell by the wayside so easily.
I’m partly baffled by quite why this happened, and partly glad that it helped clarify quite what I’m running for.
- That I still haven’t figured out how best to get speed workouts into my routine.
I do these workouts intermittently, when I’m feeling guilty or in a clear rut. If I want to “progress”, which I guess means getting faster, then I need to take these more seriously, as well as strength training, etc.
- That my pacing seems to have decreased.
If this is a function of running longer, then it’s disappointing that I haven’t picked up a great deal across the year, which may reinforce the point above about speed workouts.