A lot has changed over the years. Training miles, training speeds and training goals. In January 2014 I was doing 'ok' - I had recovered from a fibula stress fracture from May of the year prior and built up to a marathon (sub 2:50?) in September of 2013. I certainly wasn't at big mileage and wasn't just cruising along (my training log seems to indicate visits both to my physio and sports med Dr) but I was training reasonably well. I was hoping to gear up to Comrades (down run) in early June - some five months away. I'd placed 2nd at Comrades in 2012 and I'll admit that in 2014 I really wanted to try position myself to win. In January of 2021 I am closing in on five year of gimpy leg syndrome, it's COVID times so there are no races, but I doubt I would be training for much of a race anyway. Though I'll miss St Paddy's 5k and BMO 8k. I get out to run/ hike as much as I can, but long runs are much shorter, well - all runs are much shorter ;)
Maybe this is a trip down memory lane, maybe there's some interesting insight that will come to me, maybe I'll give this up next week if work gets busy! But in the coming months I plan to compare my weekly training some seven years apart. Tho to be fair, I never used to record gym sessions (tho they were less structured than now) and my weekly totals are approx ... because I'm too cheap to have the paid version of Strava.
2014 (Mon Jan 6th - Sun 12th) 2021 (Mon Jan 4th to Sun 10th)
Monday 13k 'easy' - 4:33/ km 9.5k steady - 4:32/ km
Tuesday 16k - 4:42/ km 8k jog to gym
1hr group strength
2k jog to bus
Wednesday zero (!) 9k - 4:42/ km
Thursday 12k steady - 4:24/ km 8k jog to gym
VFAC club interval 1hr group strength
8 x 500m hill reps 2k jog to bus
Friday 11k cycle commute to physio BCMC up/ down hike
(5k total with 800m)
Saturday 13k steady 15k tech trail run/ hike to
VFAC club intervals Kennedy Falls w/ 850m gain.
3k, 2k, 2k trail reps - 3:55/ k approx 2k walk home to c/d.
Sunday 25k (2hr) road/ trail run w/ 600m vert BCMC up down/ hike 4.5k snowshoe Approx 1050m vert for the day
Totals Approx 100k Approx 68k
5 days running, no hikes 5 days running, 2 hikes.
Longest run - 25k Longest run - 15k
More to come next week .... if I don't drown in current North Van weather. Pic below of a 'slightly' damp day a few weeks ago. Today it's not rained (so far) - this is noteworthy.