Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wintertime resolutions...

I can't believe that the summer is over (it never really started did it??) and it's nearly the middle of October already!  Wow where has this year gone.  It only seems like yesterday that we were planning a family holiday in Boston - and that was last Thanksgiving!  Now, I'm beginning to think of Christmas and some goals (running wise) for 2013.
 
The last 6 months have been a write off from a running point of view.  At Easter I had a different perspective and I was hopeful that 2012 was going to be a good year; after all 2010 and 2011 were total disasters too!  The sorry truth about how bad the recent months have been was really brought home to me when I looked at my Dailymile training log earlier tonight....
 

In other words the 6 months can be summed up as:
  • April - some long runs
  • May -  groin strain
  • June - marathon & recovery runs
  • July - back injury
  • August - some recovery runs & progress
  • September - calf injury. 
Finally, this week & for the first time in a very long time, my runs have been pain free - all I need to do now is find some time in the real world for running!

So what do I hope to do for the remainder of the year and early 2013.  Well, given my low base I think I'll have to spend some time building my mileage (and loose some weight!).  Hopefully by mid November I'll be back in the 30-40+ mpw range.  December and January will see some interval / tempo running and increased mileage.   For the third year in a row I'll try to complete the Spring 10 mile series.  There may be a half marathon in early December but I'll not have any expectations from that if it happens and assuming things work out I'll revisit the marathon in about 6 months.

So new plan hatched - now it's time to put it into action....

8 comments:

Keith S said...

Best of luck Brendan and hope to see you over the 10 mile series on the road properly racing.

Best Wishes Keith

bricey said...

Thanks Keith

Anonymous said...

Time for another 40 day streak, i'd say.

bricey said...

good advice... just what i was thinking! I'll try for a 2 day streak first and take it from there....

marty said...

good to see you are pain free. hope the winter treats you kindly. all the best.

bricey said...

Me too!!! ;)

cathal said...

Best of luck with the running plans Brendan. Unlike old plodders like me you have bags of speed waiting to be unlocked.

Best of luck!!!!

bricey said...

Cathal... Thanks but you're hardly an old plodder!!!