After my first run of 2013, I am so excited for this year! As I stated in my last post, this is the year that I’m getting back to my old running self! Back to putting in the mileage that I used to do and back to going to many races a year.
I still believe that you should be listening to your body and having fun with your running – but one of your running goals for 2013 should be to push yourself a little bit with your running. Push yourself that extra mile for your long run or if you’re running 2 or 3 days a week – push yourself to get in another day. Or push yourself to start running hills or maybe a day where you do a little speedwork.
Now, you still want to make sure that you are doing it smartly so that you won’t get injured. You don’t want to add more than 10% to your weekly mileage from one week to the next. For example, if you are currently running 20 miles a week – only add 2 miles to your total mileage for the next week.
Back to my story – New Year’s Day I was at my Mom’s house in the town where I grew up. There’s this road that goes down hill for several miles – I don’t know the percentage of the incline – but I know that it has to be pretty good. I hadn’t run up this hill for several years. Today, I decided to get it done!
So, early – well, it was later than I usually run – but early for not going to bed until late – I started out for my run. I decided that this was the day that I’d attacked the hill. Down the hill I went for a few miles, turned around and then back up! It went great! I felt super – and know that it was a super way to get the year started. I pushed myself to do something – and I did it!
I suggest that you push yourself a little this year. Now, don’t go crazy with pushing – but put out a little more effort a day a week and see what happens with your running this year. I’m sure that you’ll find that you’ll be happy that you did!
P.S. The help with your running goals – a great thing to do is to keep a running journal. You can look back and see what training you did – or didn’t do – and your results from your efforts. A super one to use is at http://budurl.com/runningjournal