Mentally it was tough and we seemed to have harsh weather at the start of the year and a really hot summer.
You just need to take it easy on your runs to build up your strength and stamina.
I would say I was pretty much injury free for the whole year, unlike this year!
I benefited from faster race times when the XC season started and my parkrun times were good.
Did 2 parkruns on New Years Day at the start of this year (so 366th day of running) with a 19:13 and a 19:15, and I am oldish haha
I wanted to set myself a decent min distance and like i said i just took it easy for most of my runs and really benefited from it.
I learnt that it was ok to have slow runs in my training rather than thinking I had to beast every session so i have taken that into this year and do loads more slow runs than i ever had done in the past.
Just stick with it and take it easy.
I’m on about 9 months or something of every day running (and about 20 months of every day something which was generally at least 5 runs a week) don’t particularly have a minimum in mind, but it’s very rare I go less than 5km. Don’t find it particularly difficult, but equally doesn’t do huge things for my fitness - If I don’t run fast, I don’t run fast - but certainly having the volume means it is much easier to take on the training of running fast.
Without any exercise, my mental health suffers, obviously that doesn’t mean I need to run every day, and on days when I’ve already done some exercise going for a run is possibly pointless - but at the same time it’s maybe 25-30 minutes, it gets me out of the house, it gives me some time to think etc.
So the exercise every day is stopping a download mental health spiral (as one day off, becomes, 2, becomes 3 etc.) and the running, just 'cos why not, it’s not hard, I’m not injured, easily adapted to the load - a physical job would have a higher load for sure.
I did it for focus as the year before i just wasn’t on it at all.
I was proud of the acheivment because at times it was so hard to get out of the door and do the run but i did it no matter what.
I am really glad i did it as it helped me get back into it and if it hadn’t been for an impact injury early this year i reckon I would have had a good marathon result and improved on my other distance times.
Just my personal experience of a challenge I set myself and the consistent running improved my XC race times a lot and parkrun times and gave me a good base to start my marathon training until injury struck!
It is horses for courses as some people like a challenge and others don’t and i don’t think it needs analysing, it is just one of those things and the overiding outcome should always be enjoyment
I run most days and if not something, though if I am flying or driving all day I dont stress if i cant.
I did run December one year, minimum 30 minutes or 4 miles (which ever came last), this set me up for a great VLM marathon training period from January. I remember being sick as a dog on NYE but as as it was the last day I still went out and struggled around in 35 minutes or something in the dark and cold.
When marathon training now I can go 2 or 3 months running everyday without evening thinking about it.
I run ‘most’ days (say 5 days a week) but prescribing a run every day seems a little pointless. Some days it would just cause strife at home or work to try and fit it in. Other times you need to listen to your body. It’s not just injury… today I’m completely knackered and that’s down to 3 weeks of solid running and consecutive weekly 18mile+ runs. I’m tired and I clearly need to step back for a bit.
It’s an admirable goal to run every day but it’s like trying to stick to a training ‘plan’. Life is too complicated for anything so generic. IMO much better to duck and weave and fit running around your life than your life around running.