My first successful year of running was when I kept running and strength training and fueling my body consistently through the winter.
I didn’t stop and restart in the spring. I kept the momentum and progress from the prior year to continue making progress for the spring.
AND my biggest PRs have come in the spring from the prior fall after a winter of building endurance and strength and continuing to fuel my body and mind.
➡️ In 2016 I ran my first half in May in 2:29. After making big changes to my nutrition I ran a 1:43 in the fall.
➡️ I wanted to keep the momentum and progress I had made so I was consistent through the winter.
➡️ In May 2017 I ran a 1:38 and then chipped away at that time, running 3 other half marathons that year in the 1:30s.
➡️ I ran through the winter and ran my first marathon in May 2018 in 3:15. Less than a month later I ran a half in 1:27. I ran 3 other half marathons that year between 1:27 and 1:25.
➡️ AGAIN I was consistent through the winter, ran a marathon PR in May 2019 in 3:09 and ran 4 half marathons between 1:26 and 1:24, finally breaking sub 1:25.