It’s been quite a while since I’ve last raced and I couldn’t be more excited to see where I am in my training compared to this time last year.
In 2015, I raced a mile at Monmouth University – on their indoor track – and ran 4:42. I was admittedly in poor shape as I was the head coach of the Cross Country and Track teams and focused more of my attention on my athletes rather than on myself.
Well, it’s a new year and I’ve turned over a few leaves. No longer coaching a HS team, I focus my attention now on becoming the best version of myself as I can be. I rededicated myself to being the best 31 year old runner I can be.
So far, it’s gone according to plan!
Comparing 2015 to 2016:
117 miles, 24 runs, 7 days off.
Average distance: 4.9 miles
Longest run: 9 miles
151 miles, 26 runs, 5 days off.
Average distance: 5.8 miles
Longest run: 10 miles
2016 will open with this mile race and then possibly another before I move to the roads where I’ll look to target fast races and/or races in which I can place high and win prize money.
I’ve set lofty goals for myself and the only way for me to achieve them is by staying healthy. Of course, that’s my main priority.
Have you ever raced on an indoor track? What’s your favorite distance?
Looking back on past races of mine, going through the proper routine to warm up and cool down for a race and how to have fun while racing: