I posted the other day about the thoughts I had about 2016 and some of the things I found faults in. Now, I know I am picking myself apart but I operate better with the brutal truth. I had a great year as a whole. I was injured most of 2015 so coming back from that and having a PR year was amazing and I am very grateful. While my year could have been worse, it also, could have been better. I always said and up until…well…last night that I was going to stick to the shorter runs this year to work on my speed. That still holds true….kind of. First, I want to get faster. I want to work on runner shorter distances. I want to get used to making my legs move. I want to be uncomfortable and watch the numbers drop on the clock. Not necessarily during races but overall.
So for the first half of the year, I would like to work on speed. I have been asked by a couple people about running a half the first weekend in June so I may make that a goal race. I might run a couple other before then but not race them. Just do them as ‘runs with friends’ or ‘long run replacements’. I have a ton of 5k’s and a couple of 10k’s I would like to run in these few months. Where I can watch and see how my progress is coming. 🙂
Then the big change happens in July. I now would like to focus on the long run. I feel that I had an amazing marathon training plan that worked very well for me. I also think I was being very ambitious coming from not running at all, at the start of the year (18 miles in January) to marathons in the fall. I had a little bad luck and had a minor injury during my first marathon which led me to take it nice and easy for my second. I didn’t push myself and had abnormally hot weather. So, instead of a hot, hilly marathon I am wanting to look at running a flatter cooler one to see if I can actually race 26.2!
I also updated my Running Goals page that shows other goals I want to hit, just not in as much detail. These are just my random thoughts right now. What I want and why. I know it will be hard, I know it will be testing and I KNOW I am going to have a personal struggle with not backing off when I get tired. That is why I am giving myself the break between when my Goal half might be to when a full plan would need to start.
I also should be having surgery on my abdomen in 2017. I am not sure at the moment if it will be this year or next but it will happen. As soon as I find out more, most likely in February or March, I will adjust plans if needed. I am wanting it to be sooner than later so I can start the recovery process. I still have to send the doctors some more information so they can say for sure what procedure they will do. 🙂
So, I am already working on getting stronger overall and taking better care of my body. I am working out EVERY day. Now, that sounds worse than it is. Right now I am lifting 2-3 times per week and doing core exercises every day. I am also running. If I have this surgery during a training cycle I will have to chill and supplement with other forms of exercise once I am released. Obviously I don’t yet know exactly how long I would not be able to run for but would find something I was allowed to do. Even if it is just walking. 🙂