Somehow it is mid-December, and as I was texting with a friend last night I realized what a long year I have had, even though it went by in what felt like the blink of an eye. I am not quite ready to write a year in review post yet though, so let's save that one for another day.
Yesterday I had a 6 mile easy paced run on the schedule. I am starting to base build already for the next training cycle, and my biggest goal of December was to not just fall completely off the wagon like I did last year. I ended up last year being about 3 miles short of my annual mileage goal mostly because something happened to my motivation. Even now, I am not sure what happened, although I have a hunch that it had to do with putting pressure on myself to run a marathon again right away. I was already registered for the Glass City full marathon at this point, right after a big PR that I had to fight hard for in Columbus.
So even though I have already gotten through my mileage goal for the year, I wanted to be able to keep at it. And so far, so good. I ended November in the high 80s for the month, and I should crack 100 this month. So, I am likely going to set some bigger goals mileage wise for 2016, although I am not sure exactly what that means yet.
So back to yesterday's easy 6.
I had an easy 6 on the schedule, it was the day after another run, and I felt like I needed it. My easy pace has gotten a little bit quicker over the last 6 months, so when I used to ease into 9s, I know that now I kind of stay more around 8:50s and feel comfortable. Yesterday when I left work at lunch to run my favorite 6 mile route, I felt like I was dragging.