Monthly Archives: December 2016

2016 in Review 2017 Looking ahead

For me 2016 was a BIG Year. Four years ago I made my New Years resolution to walk 6 days per week. Who knew how far walking would take me? Took my first ever international trip. Flew down to Melbourne, Australia in April. While I was there I joined the Australian Centurion Club. C68. Only the second American member. The trip to Australia was so much fun in August I flew to Edinburgh, Scotland. Rode the train down to Redcar, England. While I was there I joined the British Centurion Club. C1169. Only the second American member in the 105 year club history. If you can walk two one hundred mile races in a year why not attempt a third. In October I flew down to Cape Town, South Africa. While I was there I joined the inaugural African Centurion Club. C11.

What did I learn from 2016. Just because you can do something does not mean you should. Three international One hundred mile races in the same year was tough on my body. My goal has been to join all six world Centurion Clubs. In a Centurion race you must pace yourself. I also need to pace myself on the number of Centurions I race each year. What would be wrong with one a year? I did that in 2015 with the United States Centurion.

So now I have two Centurion clubs left to join. The Continental Centurion Qualifier in Weert, Netherlands and the New Zealand Centurion Qualifier in Auckland. The races are four months apart.

My Goal for 2017.  Finish my quest. Attempt Both Centurion Qualifiers.  I think I would go crazy in October watching the New Zealand race on the internet. Knowing I could be there racing. After all, two International Centurion Races in a year can’t be that hard. Right? Going to be fun!


December 2016 Mileage


November 25 Days 196.8 MILES
October 19 Days 229.6 MIles
September 25 Days 229.6 Miles
August 23 Days 241.6 Miles
July 26 Days 248.8 Miles
June 25 Days 260.0 Miles
May 26 Days 261.7 Miles
April 23 Days 231.1 Miles
March 26 Days 235.4 Miles
February 24 Days 220.2 Miles
January 26 Days 283.9 Miles

TOTAL 2016 285 DAYS 2810.5 MILES

Training December 24th – 31st

This week 51.0 Miles

Saturday December 24th – 4.8 Miles

Sunday December 25th –  Day Off

Monday December 26th – 8 Miles LSD in 1:42:53.

Tuesday December 27th  –  4 Miles

Wednesday December 28th –  4 Miles

Thursday December 29th  – 4 Miles

Friday December 30th – Date night with my Wife!

Saturday December 31st – New Years Double Marathon 26.2 miles in 5:24:53.

Kicked off my June Centurion training this week. Felt good to get back on the program. The break was nice. I was starting to miss the routine however.


Training December 17th – 23rd

This week 24.8 Miles

Saturday December 17th – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 74 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Sunday December 18th –  20 Miles LSD in 4:20:48. 3 sets of 30 squats

Good thing I am tapering for a race. Lots of Christmas activities with My Kids and Gandkids this week. Everyone have a Merry Christmas!

Training December 10th – 16th

This week 50.4 Miles

Saturday December 10th – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 74 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Sunday December 11th –  24 Miles in 4:57:25. 3 sets of 30 squats

Monday December 12th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 8 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday December 13th  –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 74 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Wednesday December 14th –  Unscheduled day off.

Thursday December 15th  – 12 miles LSD in 2:40:25. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Friday December 16th – Date night with my Wife.

I had to work hard to get in the workouts I did this week. I start my race taper the middle of next week. I have to admit I am pleased with myself.  To be this busy and still walking. Starting to look forward to my Back2Back Marathons in two weeks.

Training December 3rd – 9th

This week 40.8 Miles

Saturday December 3rd –  Unscheduled day off.

Sunday December 4th –  24 Miles in LSD in 5:10:22.  3 sets of 30 squats

Monday December 5th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 7 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday December 6th  –  Unscheduled day off.

Wednesday December 7th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:42:38.

Thursday December 8th  – Grandson’s Christmas program.

Friday December 9th – Date night with my Wife.

Wow life and work has bumped training this week. The next two weeks are not looking much different. No Panic. No guilt. Hard to say for sure but the extra rest seems to be doing me some good. I am just maintaining my fitness till after New year. Start that serious training in 2017.

Training November 26th – December 2nd

This week 55.2 Miles

Saturday November 26th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 73 push-ups,  21 minutes of Planks.

Sunday November 27th –  24 Miles in LSD in 5:08:21.  3 sets of 30 squats

Monday November 28th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 7 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday November 29th  –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 74 push-ups.

Wednesday November 30th – 12 Miles in 2:39:22.  3 sets of 30 squats

Thursday December 1st  – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of  7 chin-ups.

Friday December 2nd – Date Night with my Wife!

My legs are back. Felt like my old self this week. My recovery is working. More of the same next week.