Have you set any New Year resolutions this year? I have always been a bit dubious about New Year resolutions since many seem to be broken by the end of January. After weeks of over-indulgence, you seem to see the gyms and weight loss meetings suddenly get really busy, only for numbers to fall away over the weeks and months. This is because it’s quite unrealistic to change habits overnight and then keep that up through the days, weeks and months. However, I think that if you set longer term goals at the beginning of a year, then you have a better chance of achieving them because it gives you time to work toward these goals. This is why I like to set year-long goals.
Last year was a bit of a torrid time for my running. January 2022 started with me getting Covid (which took a surprisingly long time to get over) and mid-year, I had to recover from an Achilles tendon injury which took many months. This means that at the beginning of this year, my running performance is way off what it should be, and my running volume is right down. I haven’t run 100 miles in a month since March.
I have always noticed that my running performance seems to be proportional to my running volume. One of my best running years in the last decade was 2020, where I managed to run 2020 miles and was producing race results that I could be proud of.
This contrasts with my current situation in that I’m not running very far each week nor am I running very fast in races. Therefore, this year, I have set a goal to get back to my usual routine of doing over 100 miles each month. This means that I would like to see my 2023 annual total get above 1000 miles again.
Last week I managed a 9-mile run, which is the farthest I have managed since October. This was tough, but I can’t expect to get back into high mileage just like that. Hopefully, I will be able to work up to longer runs soon.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. – Proverbs 19:21