2016 is upon us. I did not make it to midnight to ring in the new year. One of the reasons is that I planned to start off the year right and after getting a good night’s sleep, I got up at dawn and went out for a run.
Before I get to how the first run of the year went – it was odd as I stepped out of the van. Apparently, I was one of the few people up in Staunton at 7 AM on New Year’s Day. I stepped out of the van and it was perfectly quiet. The only thing I heard was the rushing in my ears from the quiet. There were no birds, no traffic, no wind. Just beautiful silence. I think that inspired the good run.
It was a speed work session, so it involved running and walking, but it was a good session with some good 800 meter runs. I’m trying to get to the point where I can run 400 meters in 1:45. That would get me to a 7 min/mile pace. While I can’t sustain that over the long run, I would love to be able to sustain that for 800 meters.
I thought it was a great way to start off the new year. 2015 was a tough year for running. I completed less than 900 miles. I don’t want to repeat that again. As I already wrote in my summary of 2015’s running, I hope to put in over 100 miles a month. I need 25 miles a week to do that. Getting 5 miles in on the first day of the week/month/year is a good start. I plan on getting out tomorrow afternoon – before the weather starts turning colder next week. Getting in that initial 100 miles during the coldest month of the year is going to be a challenge. So that is my challenge to myself and it will take some perseverance – but I am up for the challenge.
The good news is that I am .5% to my goal, because I got up and ran yesterday. Here’s to a year of Pressing On!