First of all the stats:
Mileage for the year - 2338
Average weekly mileage - 44.96
Number of races run 17
Anyone who has read my posts for a while will probably already know that overall I am going to rate my performance for the year as POOR. I started the year full of enthusiasm with a goal of returning to London to run a Marathon for the first time in 6 years. I did not think I was being over ambitious with a target time of 2.55 to 2.58 (the last marathon I ran was in 2.49). The training seemed to be going fairly well and with regard to quantity and quality of sessions I felt reasonably prepared despite race results leading up to the marathon.
In fact of the 17 races this year, all but two have been in personal worst times, and not just by the odd second or so. I appreciate that I am getting older and slower but the decline this year has been rather drastic.
Again I accept that I will probably never reach the mileage I used to cover in a year (a number of years over the 3000 mark) and that I am not going to recover as quickly between races and therefore race less frequently (again I used to average over 40 races a year) but I need to race more often than I did this year.
However, not everything is negative. Despite what I have just said and health and injury problems aside I am still enjoying my running as much as ever and am looking forward to next year.
The idea of reviewing performance over the last year is to use it as a basis for progressing into the next year. At the moment I have only some broad objectives which I will formulate into some sort of plan over the next couple of days.
Broadly speaking though the aim must be to halt my current decline and if possible reverse it slightly to where I was a couple of years ago. Also to have some specific objectives rather than have a scatter gun approach and try to do everything at once.
Once I have refined my plan I will post it so that there is some sort of accountability. In the meantime hope I would like to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
By the way, Luke joined me again for a run this morning, we did 10 miles off road. There has been a further thaw and apart from Milkwell Woods the trails where fairly snow and ice free, but very muddy.