Jan Training Log: A Return to Running and a Swim Meet?

me running pct

January seemed like it went by both fast and slow. It feels like I was in Utah almost yesterday, but it also went by incredibly slow. Does that make sense? For me, January is usually a hard month. There isn’t a lot to “be excited for,” and 31 days just seems long.

Miles Run: 300

Range of Paces: 6:35-15 mins-untimed

Workouts: 3

Races: 2

Fog Run 10k (44:26)

Carlsbad Half Marathon

Swimming: 42 miles (16 times at the pool)

Thoughts:

I’m finally starting to get my groove after an injury. I’ve mentioned this in several training logs, but I struggle with comparing myself to previous versions of myself. That mentality hit kind of hard when I ran the Carlsbad Half in 1:37.

Not just my slowest half marathon in a decade, but on a course, I’ve run 1:22. I often wonder: will I ever run fast again? Who knows. I’ve had many people reach out over the years and say, “of course, you will run fast again,” but it feels like that is getting further and further away after six years. Anyway, not to be negative because I do enjoy running most of the time, but it can be hard.

Swimming and A Swim Meet:

As I sit here typing this (extremely sore), I can’t actually believe I’m doing a swim meet. My swimming partner and I are signing up for a swim meet in April in Palm Springs.

I haven’t done a swim meet since college, so I think it will be fun. I’ll probably swim all of the freestyle events (50/100/200/500/1000/mile) and maybe something else. Who knows. I don’t expect to PR or anything (LOL), but it will be fun to do something different. Since college, this is the most I’ve swum, so that it will be a fun new adventure into the pool. Open water swims are fun but volatile because you never know who will hit the currents just right. The pool is the pool and similar to the track.

me swimming

What’s Next?

In February, I’ll continue to run and swim. Hopefully, “come back from injury.” While I don’t really believe I’m injured anymore (knock on wood), I also don’t believe I’m at the same fitness as when I left the sport. So I’m hoping to come back from that and get back into similar shape. Realistically I would like to get back into better shape, but we will see. February is a quieter month before heading to the East Coast for a good portion of March.

Posts from the Month:

361 Meraki 4 Shoe Review
Saucony Freedom 4 Shoe Review
Saucony Triumph 19 Shoe Review
Newton Gravity+ Shoe Review

Gear Review:

Neversecond C30 Drink Mix Review
Nuun Recover Review
Vital Proteins Vitality Immunity Boost Review
Osmo Nutrition Active Hydration Review
Skratch Sport Hydration Review
Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bars

Pickle Juice Review

Blogs:

How to Know You Need a Wide Running Shoe
Learning to Nordic Ski
How I Review Running Gear and Shoes

As always you can follow training on Strava. 

Questions for you:

How was your month of training?

What is your goal for 2022?