Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2017

Well, it’s not quite a month late. I had been waiting for the motivation to finish my race report for the Huntersville Half, then I remembered that I did my November wrap-up before I finished my Trophy Trot 10K race report, so, screw it, I might as well get one post off of my plate.

December was kind of meh, and ended very poorly.

December 2017
Total Mileage:
89.44 miles
Average Pace: 11:04/mile
Number of Runs: 18
Last Month (November 2017): 83.72 miles
Last Year (December 2016): 125.59 miles
Races: 2017 Huntersville Half Marathon, 2:13:32.93

Total Mileage for 2017: 1,645.48 miles

I reduced my mileage a bit after the race as recommended by my coach. Then the holidays cut into my mileage a bit. And then there was my last run of the year, which, sigh.

I’ll go over my goals in more detail in my 2017 wrap up post (at this rate, you might see that in 2021), but I hit my mileage goal easily, my race goal barely, and missed my PR goal.

Best Run: December 9, Huntersville Half Marathon, 2:13:32.93 (10:12/mile average pace)

It wasn’t a great race, but it was still fairly solid, my 3rd fastest half ever, and on a much tougher course than the two that were faster (Charleston and Tobacco Road).

I have to give a shout out to my run on December 26. 6.01 miles at a 10:16/mile average pace. It helped that it was on the nice flat greenways near my sister’s house, but it was also the day after Christmas, when I ate a lot of food and drank a lot of beer, so I was pleased with the result.

Worst Run: December 30, 4.17 miles, 12:32/mile

When you’re supposed to go 12 miles and you get just over 4 and have to stop, yeah, that’s a pretty good candidate for Worst Run for the month. Hell, if it wasn’t for a really, really, really bad run in October, it would have a pretty good chance at worst run of the year. I was sick, I had this nasty cold, and for some reason, this cold in particular just completely sapped my energy, and that’s why I had to stop early. I barely kept up my tradition of ending the year with a part of a mile matching the year, so an extra 0.17 for 2017.

Kind of a fitting end for my running in 2017, though. Sadly.

Normally, I’d preview the next month, but January is over. Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t good. Stupid hernia.

On the bright side, I have plenty of room for improvement in February, right? Right?

Since I’d like to end this on a somewhat upbeat note, and since I mentioned it in my November Wrap Up, I did indeed go see The Last Jedi, twice, and loved it. So there’s that.