I don't want to see this place go away, and I know that requires contributing more regularly. Thus, New Year's Resolution #1 - (setting an achievable goal) - post something (anything - even if it is to check in with a "no runs" update) at least twice a month. I'm hoping #1 helps with accountability for #2 - Run consistently.
Now for the title of this post- I can never run well in December. It is a fact that I know exists, and I don't try to do anything about. In a typical year, I train through the fall and then Thanksgiving hits like a wall and I stop pretty much any running/training and mentally focus/spend my free time on Christmas and Christmas fun. However, most years I at least complete a marathon in January, so I do a little "crash training" at the end of December to "revive" my previous training. This year is different of course. I have no "previous training" to speak of and no marathon to complete in January. My "previous training" pretty much ended after my last post. My motivation went away, so I just walked. No running at all. Since I wasn't far into getting back in shape after having DS, I lost all running ability over the more than a month of "Christmassing." <--- I'm going with, "that's a word and it means the act of forgetting everything else and enjoying all that the Christmas season has to offer - baking - YUM! plus snuggling with DD and DS all of the time!" I wouldn't change that for anything, but now I'm staring at January in pretty poor running shape, which is normal, but worse this year compared to any other year since I started running. Bleh.
On to resolution #2 - consistent running. Small, achievable goals is always my mentality. (I like high fiving myself! 😆) I'm aiming for at least 6 miles a week, and hoping for an average of 2 miles a day. So far, so good. I ran 2.5 miles, 2.2 miles and 2.3 miles this month and today, I'm hoping for another approx. 2 miles. 2 miles (at any speed) is easy for my out-of-shape body, so I can always talk myself into "it's just a quick 20 minutes." Mostly that is just to stop psyching myself out of doing any run because I think it will be hard, which was happening with 3 and 4 mile runs (oh how I miss when 6 miles was an "easy" distance). The 6 mile/week goal let's me be flexible to some extent and to give my bones/joints some rest if needed, so I think it is doable - I will reassess at the beginning of February - hoping for an increase.
I look forward to updating the Loop with my 2 mile/day progress soon!
As for this week, I also have the motivation and excitement of a first date with a new pair of shoes! 😍