December and 2017 is nearly over, and this year I’ll admit, I’m glad to see the back of it. It’s been a tough year, but I’ve still managed to keep active and train, and help others train.
I’m looking forward to 2018… getting back to more focussed training with the London marathon to train for, and I’m going to hopefully include my strength training (twice a week) alongside my running (three times a week or more).
The 100 mile a month challenge I did in 2017 got me motivated and probably made me run more than I would have if I didn’t have it to do. But it was a bit dirty… it was only around 3 miles a day, but if I left out running at all it meant I needed to cram the miles in somehow.
I saw myself cram in miles at the end of January, and get a cold at the start of February. Dodgy maths meant I’d done 99 miles by 29 June, which meant I was left with just 1 pesky mile to do on the 30th.
Then in July with lots of coaching other people, I went over my target, and scuppered the chance of having a fully straight garmin graph of annual / monthly mileage.
Then I made up my own rules to reduce my mileage in September (my holiday month) by the amount I’d done extra in July. 123 vs 77. It would still average as 100 a month hopefully, and would be 1,200 for the year – not far off my annual mileage when I train for marathons.
At the start of 2017 I came off the back of doing 3 marathons in 18 months – Loch Ness Oct 2015, London April 2016 and Loch Ness Oct 2016. Then my feet were really sore and I decided I’d take three months of very reduced running.
And in 2017 I decided there would be no marathons – give my body a rest. But when the 100 mile challenge reared it’s head, I figured it’d be a good way to still be motivated to run without the big events to train for.
I did do a few events, the Loch Katrine 10k in March, the Women’s 10k in June, the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon In September and Moira’s 5k in November. But the 100 mile target and me coaching others seemed to keep my mileage up where it needed to be.
I had some good long runs with my work Twinnie when she was training for a marathon, and I did a number of coaching sessions too.
Now it’s 4 days until the end of the year and I have 19.5 miles to run to meet my target of 100 miles a month on average for 2017. I’ll get out a run on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. I’ll try to get a long run in on Thursday and do the rest first thing at the weekend.
And I’m aiming to do a strength session on Saturday or Sunday hopefully, before 2018 and it will start all over again.
The set distance to run each month really was a good target. And it doesn’t need to be 100 miles, it could be 50 miles or 100km… then you just need to keep on top of your target, weekly and monthly. And maybe aim to run every 2nd day to keep on top of it.
Why don’t you try it for 2018? Choose your distance, then aim to run it every month.
Next year my training will be more varied, but I might try to round my mileage up to the nearest 10 miles, say 80, 100, 120, to motivate me to get our running when I might otherwise come up with excuses. It was a good way to be motivated but I’ll need some flexibility.
This is my plan for my weekly training in 2018:
Tue: Run (effective run)
Wed: Spin / Bodyweight Strength (or rest if req)
Thu: Run (tempo / hill run)
Sat: Long Run
I have created my run training plan for the London Marathon, which I’ll share soon and I’ll work towards including strength and gym work in alongside it. That along with my new job in January, I’m looking forward to a fresh start in 2018 for me.