December and 2016 Miles

Ok but seriously, how is it already the last day of December/2016?!? This month and year totally flew by! And not necessarily in a good way, I think. This year wasn’t all that bad for me personally, but I am among one of the many people who are very much ready to bid 2016 adieu. 

Anyway, I made it out of December with 51.51 miles. Not bad considering I’m taking a little break. That’s crazy close to what I ran in November (50.53 miles, if I remember correctly) and I ran a half marathon that month, then took 12 days off. So I’m kinda stoked that I’ve at least been consistent with my monthly mileage these past few months. I’d like to get back up to the 80 miles I ran in October, but that’s going to take some doing. I’m feeling pretty patient about that kinda thing right now though, so I’m willing to wait, work on it, and slowly build back up. πŸ™‚


That brings me to 564.87 miles run in 2016. My goal was to run 500 this year, so I totally crushed it!! I’m trying to decide if I want to aim for 700 or 800 miles in 2017. I know I said I was feeling patient, and I totally am, but I’m going into the new year in better shape and without injury, unlike last year when I was still dealing with hip/shin stuff. And I mean, why not aim a little high? Meh, I guess I  can still wait a few days before I make my decision, but I’m seriously thinking 800 sounds like a good number. I’d have to run close to 70 miles every month (more like a little over 66) and that would be very doable. I could seriously just add two 10 mile long runs to what I’ve already been doing for the past 2 months, and right now I think that’s actually pretty realistic for me. Obviously there are other ways I could go about that, but I do want to start consistently doing 10 milers. 


Anyway, I’m done rambling about numbers. Wishing you a very happy New Year’s Eve and a fantastic 2017! 

Have fun and stay safe out there tonight!!πŸŽ‰πŸΎ 

~Ashley 

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