January 9 to 15 – 27.75 miles, 2x Body Sculpt classes, 1x speedwork
January 16 to 22 – 22.2 miles, including one treadmill studio class hill workout (more on that later!) and one Body Sculpt class
January 23 to 29 – 24 miles, 2x Body Sculpt classes
January 30 to Feb 5 – 22 miles, 1x Body Sculpt, 1x speedwork
January in pictures:
What a month, huh. It’s been difficult to concentrate on or talk about training amid such a tumultuous political and global environment, so this has been a month of allowing running to be my pressure valve. I do a long run each weekend and try to make it to the track for some social speedwork. I haven’t hit my 30 mpw target at all, but I’m pretty proud of getting to 1-2 strength classes each week. Process goals…
My January has held somewhat steady at a low level of casual running/ untraining. My long runs are temporarily
stuck at 8ish miles apiece. All easy runs are in the 9:50 to 10:50 range. All speedwork hovers around 7:50 for 5k pace, 8:20-8:40 for 10k.
(Also: I took a look at my old training logs. 22 miles is 35 km. 27.75 is 45 km. That’s more, and more consistently, than I was running during previous casual-running stints. And that was back when I would still grab my water, subway card, and keys, and meander off across the island for two hours on a Sunday morning; before baby, before my weekend time had to be planned and laid out in a calendar and every precious minute bartered for.)
Now it’s 13 weeks to my goal half, the Providence Half Marathon. Personally, professionally, and in my running life, it’s time to up the resistance. I smell blood. Bring it on, February. Bring it on.