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February 1, 2010

Monthy Recap: January 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:19

So I kind of liked not having weekly recaps last month.  Makes me feel like the posts are “meatier” AND it’s easier to see week-to-week trends when there are 4 weeks laid out.  Granted the weeks listed here are Monday to Sunday so there are a few days of December but whatever. I like it this way 🙂

But before I get into the first month of the year I was talking to my Spanish profesora after class just to let her know that I’ll be missing class for the Boston Marathon.  Normally I wouldn’t have bothered (we get 3 free misses already) but there’s a composition due that day so I wanted to make sure (in advance because I am like that) that it would be ok to email it to her.  And she goes “Oh don’t even worry about it.  You have the best reason ever for missing class. How exciting”.  She’s not a runner but it was way cool to have a professor be so interested and supportive in my running rather than looking at me like I have three or four heads.

So here’s January / the first 5 weeks of Boston training. Just to note, I wrote these as the weeks passed so the tone might shift from week to week and whatnot.

Week of 28-December to 3-January

  • 90.0 miles
  • 13 hours 3 minutes 38 seconds
  • 8:44 average pace
  • Core 3x, Full Body Lifting 2x

Woooooot another weekly mileage pr (as the last week in December was one too).  I wasn’t even shooting for it, but it just happened and I was *shocked* that I ran 90 miles.  This was also the unofficial first week of Boston training, I was just loosely following a schedule.  The overall pace was *much* faster than it’s recently been (I had 2 speed sessions and 2 tm sessions which go much faster than outdoors for me). I’m actually both excited and nervous about the mileage / training this week. Excited because I know that during “monster month” I will be able to do what I need to but nervous because it’s only week 1 (or week 16 depending on how you count) and I don’t need to be anywhere near this point right now.

Week of 4-January to 10-January

  • 85.2 miles
  • 12 hours 47 minutes 32 seconds
  • 9:00 average pace
  • Core 3x, Full Body Lifting 2x

Week 2 (or Week 15 according to my plan) of Boston training down — I decided to make it official after all.  Still on the high side of mileage but that’s due to one overzealous run at the beginning of the week, the rest were where they needed to be.  Average pace looking good too, I think 9:00 is a good balance between my recovery days (which tend to be slooow) and speed days (obv fast).  Happy with the 2x of lifting and 3x of core; hopefully that can continue longer in the training cycle.

Week of 11-January to 17-January

  • 87.2 miles
  • 13 hours 5 minutes 40 seconds
  • 9:02 average pace
  • Core 2x, Lifting 3x, XT 1x

Another great training week.  I still continue to be amazed by how my body is reacting to the training.  The average pace is right where I want it (well maybe 2 seconds too slow haha) which is nice because my recovery runs have been really slow (which they need to be) so it means that I’m hauling butt in my quality workouts.  Definitely good.  I’m also very happy with the fact that I was able to hit the gym THREE times for lifting.  So far the response has been positive.  I also added in an elliptical session, it was after my tempo run so it was nice to be able to stretch the muscles and circulate my blood without the impact of running.

Week of 18-January to 24-January

  • 89.4 miles
  • 13 hours 13 minutes 4 seconds
  • 8:52 average pace
  • Core 2x, Full Body Lifting 3x, XT 1x

So my favorite part of those numbers? The 8:52 average pace!! I guess with a kick ass interval, tempo AND long run I should have expected it.  Woot.  I also like all the lifting I’ve been doing: powerful and strong chica here.  My least favorite part? The eighty-nine point FOUR.  Makes me wish for an extra .6 to round up to 90.  But I know that’s not what I needed.  I mean this was supposed to be a cutback of 5-10 miles.  Oops heh. And I don’t like the XT.  I think that I don’t like XT in general. But I’m happy I got that in as my shake-the-legs-out workout post-tempo rather than another run.

Week of 25-January to 31-January

  • 93.8 miles
  • 13 hours 50 minutes 17 seconds
  • 8:51 average pace
  • Core 2x, Full Body Lifting 3x, XT 1x

Weekly PR.  I think this will likely be the last one of those for a while.  I definitely let my mind run wild this week and I think I felt the touches of the drain with my speed sessions, while stellar, just felt blah.  Amazing considering that I broke the double digit streak this week that my miles could get so high.  Plus my average pace for the week was a killer. I think that was mostly due to faster-than-normal recovery runs because I didn’t think my speed work sessions were anything extra spectacular compared to previous weeks. SO I’m very proud of this week and it’ll definitely go in my books as a stupendous week.

Month of January totals:

  • 397.1 miles
  • 58 hours 58 minutes 17 seconds
  • 8:54 avg pace

Definitely a monthly PR for sure. So many great things happened. Hit 2 weekly mileage PRs (and all the weeks have been the highest they’ve ever been for me!). Boston training really took hold.  I was in the midst of an amazing double digit streak.  I incorporated lifting and stretching and XT-ing into my routine. The thing I’m most impressed with is my average pace being UNDER 9 min/mi.  I know for some of you that is no biggie but that’s huge for me.  It definitely shows that I’ve been diligent and hardcore with my speed work.  I know that I’ll won’t likely get another month like this but it sure sets the bar high for what is to follow.  I’m hoping that I can take what I’ve done (lifting, stretching, XT, speed work) and keep it all up for February.

What a way to start of 2010!


  1. Wow, girl, you’ve been rockin this first month of the year!!! You’re just darn amazing, with all your motivation and tenacity to continue with this!

    Comment by sophia — February 1, 2010 @ 15:26

  2. I am in awe of you. And I understand that doing lifting, stretching, AND XT is huge ON TOP OF THE ALMOST 400 MILES YOU DID! Yeah, I’m yelling with excitement. How do you have time to kill your physics classes, too? Share the secret! OK, I guess you can’t bottle up awesome.

    Comment by EE — February 1, 2010 @ 16:30

  3. Holy shit you are running some miles! You owned me this month! Just be careful…

    Comment by Matt — February 1, 2010 @ 16:32

  4. Great job. I remember not to long ago when you were happy with 70ish miles. Way to bang out the start of the new year. Very bamf!

    Comment by A Marathoner — February 1, 2010 @ 16:40

  5. 90 miles… that’s crazy. Way to go with your cold long run, too. I always overdress when I run in cold weather because I hate being cold as well.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — February 1, 2010 @ 16:52

  6. Killer stats this month! Lots to be proud of 🙂

    Comment by tmart — February 1, 2010 @ 17:34

  7. That is some awesome mileage you have going on! So jealous that I’ll never be able to run that much…haha

    Comment by Jenny — February 1, 2010 @ 18:44

  8. Wow, a great month for sure!! I love seeing all the numbers put together like that 🙂 Sure shows how much time you put into running!

    Comment by Heather — February 1, 2010 @ 18:44

  9. That was nice of your Spanish profesora to excuse you for Boston. My Spanish prof was NOT too pleased that I missed class for the Miami half haha. Boston is totally the best excuse ever though:)

    Comment by Ada — February 1, 2010 @ 19:58

  10. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!! I hope this makes you excited for April 19th! I’m excited for you.

    Comment by Rebecca — February 1, 2010 @ 20:16

  11. Thanks for posting on my “guest post” on Bobbi’s blog!! I hope to read more of yours!

    Comment by Running on Faith — February 1, 2010 @ 21:46

  12. WOW girl, seriously… that is some IMPRESSIVE mileage!

    Comment by aron — February 1, 2010 @ 21:53

  13. Psssh, you totally get another fab month in. I know it 🙂

    Comment by kathleennnn — February 1, 2010 @ 22:21

  14. BTW – thank you for posting your pace. It is really instructive and helped me realize that I needed to slow down on recovery runs!

    Comment by a marathoner — February 1, 2010 @ 22:33

  15. Wow you run a lot! You’ve just reminded me I was going to do a similar post actually so I can keep track of my new year goals!

    Comment by Laura — February 2, 2010 @ 06:01

  16. very nice stats Karyn! You are absolutely awesome. haha. I agree with A marathoner’s comment, I love seeing your pace, etc. You definitely have provided me with information to guide my running/training. Thanks! 😛 way to be with the stretching and lifting as well!

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — February 2, 2010 @ 10:22

  17. i read this last night but don’t think i commented? (i just checked= nope). lol.


    damnnnnnnn girl (said like akon).

    and that is what i have to say about that. 🙂 congrats! you are rockin’ it.

    Comment by Lacey — February 2, 2010 @ 10:22

  18. I’m completely impressed by you guys who can run hundreds of miles in a month. I think my legs would fall off if I tried that kind of distance.

    Comment by David Dierking — February 2, 2010 @ 11:40

  19. OK WOW!! I run about 30 miles a week. I cannot imagine running 90.. How are you not falling over tired?

    Comment by Mel- Tall Mom on the Run — February 3, 2010 @ 13:44

    • Haha I do tend to crash pretty early — at least for a college student. Makes me the life of the party 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 3, 2010 @ 22:39

  20. […] January: 396.8 miles (8:54 avg pace). Training run with Lacey (and I just noticed that I did a lot with her this year. LOVE YOU!).  It probably set the tone for the year as it was a LR that was *pushed* fast and out of my comfort zone.  And I handled it. […]

    Pingback by For Once I Feel Content With the Past 12 Months « MarathonMaiden's Blog — January 4, 2011 @ 08:24

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