Closing out 2016

Whew! The end of 2016 is finally here. There were a few points there where I didn’t think we were going to make it. It truly felt like the end of the world on a number of occasions. But here we are. Just over a day and a half away from 2017.

When I last checked in, I was just getting started on a new Nike Run Club coaching program. I’m trying to get a solid base reestablished post-injury in order to really get serious about training for Chicago. Because the program I’m using is a beginner program, my mileage has been pretty low. During week 1 I had just 13.65 miles and during week 2 I had 18.73 miles. With one more workout scheduled for this week (that will likely wind up being 2 because I love doing a run to start the year), I’m at 10.55 miles.

Unfortunately, almost all of those miles have been on a treadmill with the exception of the two benchmark runs I’ve done on the indoor “track” and a maybe 3 or 4 runs I’ve managed to do outside between blizzards and ice storms. I love running outside in the winter and the feeling of the cold air in my lungs, but the citizens of this fine town aren’t exactly great about getting their sidewalks shoveled making outdoor runs less than safe right now.

2016 has been rough training wise. Between training inconsistencies early in the year and a stress fracture that put me out of running commission for 3 months, I am ready for 2017 to treat me much better. Having Chicago as a goal for the year will definitely help with motivation to remain consistent, and the new Nike Run Club coaching plans seem to be right up my alley. I’ve also signed up to attempt to Run the Year, which should prove to be quite the challenge.

For posterity’s sake, my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017:

  1. Be consistent with my training
  2. Save more, spend less
  3. Write more
  4. Less screen time
  5. Take the GRE and apply to grad school

Happy New Year, everybody!

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