January 2020 Training Log

Hair of the Dog 10k Bethany Beach

January went well for me. I’m finally starting to feel better with running. I’ve started to increase my mileage and I finally like it’s paying off. Most of my races are in March and April so I have most of February to continue building fitness.

Total mileage: 280ish

Range of Paces: 6:06-11:30-untimed

Workouts: 6

Races: 2

Hair of the Dog 10k (41:49)

Distance Series 10 Miler (1:10.07)

Shortest Run: 2 miles (warmup for Distance Series)

Longest Run: 14.4 miles

Swimming: 3X (total 9000 meters)



I am happy with how this month progressed. I’ve been working hard and I feel like my fitness is finally starting to come around. It wasn’t if I didn’t run in the latter half of 2018-2019, I ran two marathons but there were plenty of times I chose something else before running.

The other component is I just wasn’t into it as much. I liked to run, I liked to race, but I was complacent running 20-21 minute 5ks. After training for back to back marathons (for me two years in a row is back to back!), I realized (again), I didn’t enjoy the grind of 20 mile long runs. I didn’t enjoy running 26.2 miles. Now I’m enjoying my long runs are 2 hours long. My mind stays engaged the entire time and I don’t feel like it drains me for days afterward.

How my training (right now) is going, makes me excited to race in March, April, and May. As I said early in the month, I don’t have a goal race, but I do plan to run a bunch of races in the spring and see where it takes me. The goal for 2020 is to run at least a 1:25 half. Whether that is in the Spring or Fall, I’m looking forward to running that fast again.

It’s hard to remember a time where I ran 1:25-1:26 half marathons like nbd.


This weekend, I’m taking a mini trip to Hilton Head, SC and I’m going to run the Hilton Head Half Marathon. I think it will give me a good idea of where my fitness is. Usually, my husband and I take a trip to escape the winter, but there hasn’t been a lot of “escaping” this month. Like most of the East, we’ve had a mild winter. I’ve never been to Hilton Head, so it seemed like it would be fun.

Posts from the Month:

Product Reviews:

Fun Run Box Review

Naked Nutrition Collagen

Getting Blood Tested with InsideTracker

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8L Hydration Vest Review

Shoe Reviews:

Diadora Mythos Blushield Hip 5 Shoe Review

Asics Cumulus 21 Shoe Review

Brooks Ricochet 2 Shoe Review

Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe Review

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Questions for you:

How was your training month of January?

Are you getting ready for a race? 

If you have any recommendations for Hilton Head, I appreciate it! 


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