January 2017 Training

Training wise, January was a good month.  I didn’t PR, but I’ve been working diligently and training hard. I know I’m close to PRs…

Miles Run:  248
Workouts: 7
Longest Run: 12 miles
Shortest Run: 1-mile cooldown
Range of Pace: 5:54-10:30

Races:
Run for Jack 5k (18:30)*
MLK Birmingham 5k (18:40)
Polar Bear 5k (18:42)*
*Both of these races I did as workouts of 2X5k.

Favorite Race:
Out of the three, I enjoyed the Polar Plunge 5k the most. It was on the most difficult terrain, and it was a huge race. I never felt bad, but also not great.  I was happy with my results.  I enjoy racing in new states and environments.

Polar bear 5k atlanta me running

Best Workout:
4X60 seconds
1X10 minute
1X3 minute
4X60 seconds

I did this workout a few weeks ago and made my intervals and felt strong doing so.  Everything clicked, and I finished feeling great afterwards.

run for jack 5k bryn mawr

Thoughts:
In summary, I’m happy with how January went. Thinking out loud, I had a lot going on between life and relocating to Alabama for the month. To be fair, I got every run that I needed too, but running didn’t take priority.  Despite not Pring, I do believe I’m in PR shape.

With my coach, I’m running fewer miles (and fewer races), but the pace has quickened.  I don’t mind, and I’ve enjoyed the change.

February has a few bigger races including the Double Bridges Run and Mercedes half marathon.  I hope to find a 5k towards the end of the month as well.

On another note, I’ll also move back to NJ, towards the middle of the month!  I have enjoyed my time in Alabama, but I’m looking forward to going home.

Posts from the month:
How to Run with a Significant Other
Running Books I’m Reading
2017 Goals
adidas Super Nova Shoe Review
Tips for Training through the Winter
Runners you Might Encounter this Winter