Training from January and February Thoughts

I’m a little late since it’s already February 5th but better late then never.  Last month’s training was pretty decent.  After running my first and only marathon (NYC) in November, I finally feel as though I have had a training month that I’m proud of.  January was a good month for me.  I posted that I was going to do a series of 5 dollar 5ks last month and sadly that did not happen.  I did a total of one of those 5ks.  Due to snow, getting the flu, snow and then just choosing a different race, I ended up doing one.  In short, January wasn’t the month I planned for but it wasn’t a bad month either.  I did log quality base building miles.

Despite all of that and getting sick for a few days in mid January I had a great month of training.

Total miles: 288

Total rest days: 7 (a few more then I would have liked)

Total races: 2 (New Year’s Hangover and the Freehold 5k)

Longest run: 15.81

Shortest run: 5k race

Range of pace for runs: 6:18-9:34 (with a bunch of untimed runs too)

Most proud run: Last week’s fast finish 12 miler.  The last 4 miles were at a 6:51 or below pace (overall pace 7:43)

It feels good to finally get in some solid training.  I’ve missed running high mileage and I’ve missed feeling good when I run.   I know I’m not 100% there yet but it feels good to be getting closer.  My goals for February are to do more speed work and prepare for the Shamrock half marathon in March (I’ll be using it at an early base line for a later Spring half, the NJ half…Napa Valley?)

Goals for February:

I hope to run a 300 mile month but since the month is shorter so this will be a bit harder of a task.  I’ll probably take less rest days though (I hope to take 1 a week).  I would like to get in more quality miles and some solid speed work in (in the form of races).  I’ll actually be traveling a bit for two races this month too.   I decided not to even look for a race on Februrary 8th since I didn’t want to race every weekend.

February 2nd (I’m late): I did the Super Hero 4 Miler

Februrary 15th: VA is for Lovers 14k 

February 23rd: Lake Effect Half Marathon 

As you know the Lake Effect half marathon is a huge deal for me!  On Monday we did it.  We raised 2,000 dollars for Ophelia’s Place and Eating Disorder Awareness.  I am overwhelmed and excited.  A single sentence cannot express how I’m feeling.

I enjoy doing monthly recaps because I can see how my training was and where it is going.  I know it’s headed in the right direction, I just wish it was a little bit quicker. 

Please vote for me to go to Napa Valley!  Thank you again for keeping with me and still voting.  We are nearly half way done and holding strong.  One of my good friends said (about life in general) “it’s not over until it’s over”.  Either way I’m enjoying sharing daily memes on my facebook page.  I think that is a positive mentality to have.

Question for you:  How was your training in January?  What are your goals for February?