And just like that we’re already done with the first month of the year. I have a friend whose husband will always answer the question “can you believe how fast the year/month/day/etc has gone?” with “Yeah, actually I can.” It always makes me laugh, because I definitely fall in the camp of never believing just how fast time can go. This month was no exception.
This was far and away the highest mileage month I’ve run when not training for a marathon. I love numbers and progress, so it makes me happy to see my mileage going up and my pace coming down. This is a trend I’d like to continue through 2016!
Weekly Training: January 25-31
Monday: Gym – Still diligently working on my arm PT exercises (rows, external and internal rotations, and stretching) and for the first time in nearly 2 months I’ve had no pain in fully extending my left arm. I’ve been able to completely use my arm without babying it and it is such a welcome relief to not have pain anymore. Hurray! In an effort to keep any IT Band issues at bay, I’ve also been doing clamshells, side lying leg lifts, and bridges following my PT exercises.
Tuesday: Plan: 2 x 1600m (60 sec RI), 2 x 800m (60 sec RI) – Actual: 10 min w/u @9:24, 2×1600 @7:47 w/400m RI @10, 2×800 @7:41 w/400m RI @10, .6M c/d @10 = 5.5 miles @8:40- I backed way off RLRF’s prescribed pace (7:30) for the 800s, because I think 7:30 is too fast for where my current fitness is. Being able to complete the whole workout was a good sign that this was the right move.
Thursday: Plan: 1M Easy, 5M @ Mid Tempo, 1M Easy – Actual: 1M @9:32, 5M @8:36, 1M @9:26 = 7M @8:50 – Eh. I got through it, but it was mentally hard. I’ve been listening to podcasts at the gym, but it’s just not the same as watching a great show on Netflix.
Friday: Plan: 6M Easy – Actual: 6.5M @9:23 – Finally! A run that felt really good! After 2 weeks of really mediocre runs, this one felt super easy and like I could run forever. Running at home while watching Scandal and Making of a Murderer helped it fly by.
Saturday: Plan: 13M @HMP+30 – Actual: 13.1M @ 8:51 – My husband’s been a pretty successful recreational marathoner. Whatever his goal has been – run a marathon, BQ, sub-3 – he’s always met it. I think part of what makes him so successful is that he doesn’t shy away from being uncomfortable. He knows that it’s going to be hard and hurt and he’s just okay with that. This is something I’m trying to get better at. Before even starting this run I started talking myself out of trying to hit a certain pace or running the whole 13 miles. The first few miles felt a bit sluggish, but at mile 3 I saw my husband and kids who were out doing errands. After stopping to say hi and giving my girls a hug I felt better. I try to only occasionally look at my pace when I run, so by the time I looked next I was already at mile 7 and feeling great. It was then that I decided to go for the whole 13 miles without worrying that it was too fast/too far/too hard. What was the worst that would happen? I’d have to stop and walk? At the end of my run I was REALLY happy that I’d finished it. It was a big confidence boost that breaking my half-marathon PR this spring was a real possibility. Splits: 1) 9:00 2) 9:15 3) 9:19 4) 8:40 5) 8:34 6) 9:05 7) 8:55 8) 8:36 9) 8:50 10) 8:39 11) 8:56 12) 8:34 13) 8:40
Weekly Total: 32.1 miles