- Total run miles for January: 207.5
- Miles run, year to date: 207.5
- Number of races in January: 0
- Longest run in January: 14 miles
I actually said out loud when I totaled up my miles from January, “Really?”. I didn’t feel like I ran that much. I was thinking I was going to be in the 125-150 range. I hadn’t really thought about it, because the 207.5 makes sense if I thought about it. I think it was just that the first half of the month felt so crappy that I blocked those miles out.
January started off ROUGH for me. Though I was already in week 4 of Boston training when the month kicked off, my fitness just wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I expected to be out of racing shape, but being hit hard with illness took a lot out of me. It set me back to square one, and every single run caused me a little bit of anger, anxiety, and hatred. I seriously considered re-evaluating my goal marathon pace. I wasn’t sure at which point I should do that, but eventually my legs got the memo to show up. I still don’t know if I have a spring PR in me, but at least I feel like I’m in the ballpark again.
Thankfully, I had no races in the immediate future. If you look back at the past few years, I typically run early season marathons. Races in February and early March, and every year it stresses me out because of the toll the holidays takes on me. Every year, I say, “NEVER AGAIN”, but I cave and sign up for a race anyway. This was the first year I held back, and dear GOD I’m so glad that I did. I have no marathons until Boston, and a low key 10K this weekend that I do for fun each year. No pressure to be running huge miles yet, and a lot of the focus has been on speed.
I think that’s the biggest difference in this month and in this training cycle. This month was not about me having to log 20 milers because of an impending marathon, but about taking the time to build speed. I really believe it’s why I am loving the Hanson’s plan so much. In reviewing my past training plans, I’d do weeks of slow base building and then expect to be able to nail a random tempo run. Then, I wouldn’t do another one for several weeks and expect it to go better than the last, though I hadn’t been practicing them. Why would I expect to get faster if I wasn’t actually working at getting faster? Mind blown right here.
My month began with a pretty serious running rut. I started to feel better a few weeks into the month, and the last few weeks have felt a lot better. I’ve logged lots of solo miles, and miles with friends. I’ve really started to enjoy my group long runs again. They used to be a source of anxiety for me, but lately I really look forward to them because I feel more confident.
I did a serious overhaul on my diet and I feel good about where I am with it. I lost 6 lbs, and I’ve done a ton of cooking. I’ve been diligent about eating healthy and clean throughout the week, but allow myself to indulge in goodies on the weekends. I still mow down pizza on Friday, and make non-Paleo “comfort” food on Sundays for dinner. I made snow day treats and put back Girl Scout cookies like a champ, but I’ve been able to keep it under control. I love the way I feel in training when I’m eating well, so that’s been a huge motivator for me to stay on track.
In the pole fitness world, I signed up for my first competition. I’m in the process of choreographing a routine to a song, and I am in wayyyy over my head. It’s the hardest strength training I’ve ever done, and signing up for the competition means spending lots of time practicing. It’s so hard, but I absolutely love it. You will have to stalk my Instagram for video clips, since it’s all about stringing moves together now.
There have been lots of ups and downs. I had to say goodbye to my beloved Garmin…
But replaced it with the new love of my life…
We had the biggest blizzard maybe ever:
And my beloved Yotarolla (my nickname for my baby) died on me:
She’s been to almost all of the marathons I’ve done in driving distance, and has been to Boston all five years I’ve run it. I’m still looking for a replacement. Do you know that they stopped making manual transmissions for the Corolla S? How do you make a “sport” version of a car, but with no stick shift? I love the S but I also love driving stick. It seems as though everyone is moving towards these CVT transmissions, which seem super nice but…I really, really, love driving stick!! Even in a little Corolla, I feel like I can drive it like I stole it if it’s manual. I’m heartbroken and lost!
I digress. Moving into February, I hope to continue with the progress I’ve been making. I really want to focus on:
- Strength training, which is why we started the StrongBody Streak! It’s not too late to join the fun!
- Continue with a clean diet
- Finish choreographing my pole fitness routine for the competition.
How was the first month of the year for you? Any goals for February?