In adding up my yearly miles, I initially thought I had run 1,997 as of Dec 30th. Meaning, if I ran 3 miles on my rest day – I’d come out to an even 2,000 miles for the year. I posted on my Instastories that I would not be running the additional 3 miles, because I just can’t go down that OCD rabbit hole. A lot of people felt very passionately that I should lol. I was feeling pretty tired and sore and in need of a rest day, so there was no way I’d push it. I was very grateful for every one of the 1,997 miles that I had. I got a lot of messages suggesting that I take a 3 mile walk – but if we apply the same principles of OCD, none of the other 1,997 miles were “walking miles,” so those wouldn’t count. Just not worth it to me haha.
Ironically enough, I realized later that I miscounted AND found this screen on my Garmin Connect app show that I actually ran 2,001 miles. It just goes to show, that like anything – a number is just a number.
No judgement if you would’ve run the extra 3 miles before figuring it out. It IS fun to look back over the stats and appreciate how much work you’ve put into the year.
I am really grateful for a great year of racing, and that’s more important to me than running arbitrary miles for a yearly total.
This past week was 43 miles ~
12/25 Monday – 7 miles easy; first 3 with my dad, last 4 solo – 7 miles total at 8:59 average. This was Christmas morning, and I had initially planned to do the Christmas morning festivities with my family and then sneak the miles in somewhere in the day. But my family knows me all too well. My mom & John asked me if I would drink a mimosa with them before I ran, and I said no lol. So they said to get up, knock out the run, and then mimosas + presents would happen. Very grateful for their understanding, and very grateful to have my dad with me for the first part of the run. I moved what would have been today’s strength work to Tuesday because I didn’t want to push it. “It” being my family’s understanding and supportiveness of me training on a holiday.
12/26 Tuesday – 2 miles warm up, 20 minute tempo (7:30 pace), 3 min easy, then 8 x 200 HARD, 200 easy, 2 mile cool down. 9 miles total at 8:29 average.
Then I did the strength work from Monday:
100 core (toe touches 25, situps 25, supermans 25, bicycles 25)
- 15 jumping lunges
- 10 burpees
- 20 mountain climbers
- 10 pike push ups
- 20 pulse squats
- 15 walking lunges
- 10 push ups
- 10/10 seated pistols
- 15 curtsy lunges
- 15/15 banded lateral steps
- 15/15 front/back squat steps
30 seconds each: plank, side plank
20 each: clam shells, sliding mountain climbers (socks on tile), bird dogs, single leg hip thrust, fire hydrants
12/27 Wednesday – 6 miles easy at 9:15 average
- SS3X: 10 weighted squats & 20 banded lateral steps
- SS3X: 10 sumo deadlifts & 10 side lunges
- SS3X: 10/10 bench hops & 10 shoulder press
- SS3X: 15/15 Romanian split squats & 15 clam shells each side
- SS3X: 30 mountain climbers & 15 lat raises
- SS3X: 12 bent over rows & 15 standing upright rows with barbell
12/28 Thursday – 3000 yards swimming, 2:05/100 yards, 1:02:32
12/29 Friday – 6 miles at 9:14 average
- 3 rounds: 15 squat to OH press, 12 pike push ups, 15 hammer curls, 10 shoulder tap push ups
- SS3X: 20/20 Bulgarian split squats, 20 lying leg lifts, 15/15 side plank crunch
- SS3X: 15 shoulder press & 15 alt bicep curls
- SS3X: 15 chest press & 15 tricep dips
12/30 Saturday – 15 mile long run with 1 and 2 min surges (5k effort), at the start of each mile starting at mile 8
I really wanted these surges to be a little faster. That said, they also needed to feel smooth and controlled since they were at the end of a long run and there were 8 of them. I tried my best to strike a balance between pushing myself as hard as I could while maintaining that pace for all 8.
I decided to take Bennie on a brunch date after. Best decision ever.
Would you have run the extra 3 miles?
Go to post run brunch favorite?