As we approach the middle of the 2016, I wanted to look back at the first 6 months of the year. My run goals this year were fairly simple.
- Stay injury free
- Hit 70 miles each month
These are fairly modest goals, but given the last few years of running I thought it was time to take a step back and see if I can stay overall healthy. I’ve had a long bout of injuries each of the previous years that has sidelined me from running entirely or severely limited by activity level.
So far this year I’ve been running injury free *knocks on wood*. I have had a few aches and pains here, but nothing really to stop me from running and cause lasting pain. In years past I’ve done at least a handful (3-5) races and this year I said to myself that I’d concentrate on just running healthy. I am signed up for a half marathon later this year and then a full marathon in February of next year. One thing that I like about not having any imminent races is that I can take a rest day if I feel like my body needs it. I’ve had a few occasions where I’ll think about running but my body tells me that I should rest, so I take a day and then I’m back at it the next day.
I’ve hit my goal of 70 miles each month. In previous years I have had goals such as hitting 50 miles a month and felt that was tough. Somehow this year 70 actually isn’t too terrible. I’ve done it even when I lose multiple days where I’d normally run during that month. I’m already at 440+ miles so far. If I can continue with this streak of injury-free running, then I’ll have hit a new PR for miles per year.
So far I’m proud of what I’ve done thus far. Just need to keep it on up. I’ll leave you with a funny pic of the cat. 🙂