December Training:

December was a rougher month for me to be honest. I saw a lot of changes in my training including cutting down racing, increased mileage and, of course, my antibiotic issues.   I feel like a broken record when I talk about it, but my reaction to them plays an important role in training because it impacted how my running felt.

Miles: 304
Range of paces: 6:02-10:20-untimed
Longest Run: 12 miles *several of my workout days added up to be 14 miles.
Shortest run: 2-mile cooldown
Memorial 5k (19:45)
Loop Run (54:00…6:26 pace)
Jingle Bell Jog 5k (19:30) 

Best Race:
That is easy as the Loop Run was the only race I felt good, and I ran as hard as possible. I ran the first 5k of the Loop Run at the same pace as my fastest 5k this month.

Best Run:

A few weeks ago I planned to do a base race.  Long story short, we figured out the race was on a different base.  Instead of “giving up” and not doing anything I did a workout.  I was proud of myself for accomplishing a workout, despite not being the original plan.

Finishing the workout in shorts....
Finishing the workout in shorts….

Thoughts from December:
After talking with my doctor and tracking daily changes, I can look back and see that I see improvements in recovering (is that the right word?) from antibiotics. Instead of feeling sick or nauseous a few days weekly, it’s down to 1 maybe two days a week. Hopefully, this continues in January.

Training this month saw an increase in mileage and as well as longer, harder workouts. The increased distance, caused my overall paces to slow a little bit, but you have to pick your poison. Either you want fast workouts or want to increase mileage but increasing speed and distance can result in injury. I’ve been there.

Honestly, I had two great months: October and November. I saw more progression in those two months than the last few, so I’m not surprised that I had a lull. I know I had several factors playing a role, though.

memorial 5k

I did, however, start January off with a PR.  The 5k PR on January 1st has nothing to do with training in January but everything to do with training in December.

Thoughts for January:
In January, I have two more races on the calendar. I’m doing a ten miler this weekend as well as a half marathon the following weekend. I might sign up for a few “no frills” 5ks at the end of the month depending how I feel.

I will be interested to see my progression in the half marathon since the Philadelphia half two months ago. I plan to continue building mileage as well as speed workouts.  I’ve improved nearly 40 seconds from my 5k in the last two months.  If you multiply that by 4, I should be over 3 minutes faster in the half.  Kidding of course,  if only it worked like that…

Questions for you:
How was your month of training?
Do you like the warm or cold weather?
To be honest, I’m probably in the minority enjoyed how warm December was.  I’m sure January and February will be hard to adjust too, though.