After I finished my 10k in October I was listless. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my running, so I didn’t do anything at all. That’s not to say I stopped running, but I cut back significantly since I had no drive. To me it seems like most people who get into running continue doing longer, more difficult races. I was not – and am still not – interested in the next race distance after a 10k, which would be a half marathon. It’s not to say I never want to run one, but right now I’m not interested in running for two and a half hours in one go. That’s a lot of running that I’m just not ready to do.
Since my running was very sporadic I knew I needed some kind of challenge to keep my fitness up. I usually run three miles three times a week, and my annual average for 2015 was about 30 miles/month, although I didn’t start running again until mid-March. 30 miles/month running three miles each time averaged out to 10 runs, which was more than doable for me! I had my goal! 30 miles/month would challenge me to run continuously throughout the month, but it wasn’t an unreasonable or overwhelming amount.
January proved a little difficult, so I did have to kick up my running in the second half of the month. February is going really well, and I feel really great – and exciting – about running again.