I have settled back into my usual routine after my recovery layoff that kept me away from running for all of November and most of December. That of course being building back up to a regular running routine with some easy and unstructured runs before I start my structured training for a spring marathon.
I am not normally concerned about running streaks and trying to run every day but since I was coming off a long layoff once I started running again I felt like seeing how long i could keep one going. Starting on Christmas day O managed a 15 day streak that only ended because I forgot to bring a running jacket with me last Friday.
With that out of the way I have settled back into my usual early January routine that I have found to work for me. I am planning to start. For the first two weeks of the month I just ran the mileage I could fit in at the time I went, although i am pleased I managed two straight weeks of over 50 km, and was not overly concerned about pace.
Now that I am planning to start my training plan for the Ottawa Marathon this week that is about to change. Now I will be aiming for mileage targets and I will start keeping a close eye on my pace, especially now that I will be going back to the indoor track for weekly interval sessions. The indoor track has become an integral part of my training over the winter since I discovered it a few years ago. Without it I would have to wait a while before being able to do intervals because of the snow on the ground.
While I feel like I still have a lot of work to do to get back to where I was at last year it feels good to be back to my usual running routine and training for a marathon.