Oops. Guess I fell off the grid this weekend. I stayed with a friend Friday afternoon post-work until…well technically since I haven’t been back to my apartment, I’m still staying. And since I didn’t bring my computer with me blogging fell by the wayside. And my commenting. And my replying to comments. Which sucks because I love y’all but I was having fun so I can’t *really* apologize 😉
Story of my month of January I guess. I’d guesstimate that I spent about half the days not at my place. But story of January running wise was good, and even though I typically post these posts on the first of every month, I got a really good run in before the sun came up. So my month of running is done. And I really didn’t want to give a play-by-play of my weekend.
I will say that this weekend (and lots of January too) reaffirmed my whole “I seem to run well on: no sleep, lots of alcohol the night before and greasy foods” as my friend and I were jonesing for a “Philly” cheese steak (with fries) on Sunday. Very weird because I never crave cheese, or steak. But we walked downtown for a couple hours trying to find a place that served it and succeeded and it was the best idea we’ve had yet. Given that I yet again had a good run post-bad-life-habits-that-affect-running, I think it makes it an even better idea.
Anyway, onto January. I wasn’t recovering from WR anymore but I wasn’t yet in training. I started re-introducing tempo and LR before last week (which was T-12 weeks, so I’m at T-11 today. Eeeeep) and I also actually introduced XT in the form of winter activities such as skiing and snowtubing
and then there was ROCKCLIMBING. Yes: rockclimbing. I went with a friend on Saturday night because he joined a climbing gym at the beginning on January and had only been doing the solo climbs, which aren’t as fun. So I tagged along to be a belaying buddy. And I’m definitely going back. Hopefully tonight.
And I had a blast. As a bonus, because I’m a runner and have really strong legs, I was not sore on Sunday. Surprisingly there’s actually very little arm strength involved. It’s all in the legs to propel you up, the arms just hold on. So you can bet your booty that I’m going to keep this trend going on beyond January. In January I also took a couple *complete* rest days which I rarely (if ever do).
I also did lots of baking this month. Like I’m hoping-my-pants-still-fit-tmrw kinds of baking 😉 My favorite recipe that was made was the apple crisp, although I did make afair amount of cookies. Like 3 different kinds. And brownies. That may not be a lot to you but to me that’s a ton. In all fairness I have been actually cooking dinners, like real dinner too (this one has been made at least for or five times!).
Let’s talk training and January. Like I mentioned above training for Boston started this month. More like last week but I’d been slowly reintroducing a training set up to my week: aka tempo Tuesdays, LR Thursdays. I have yet to do a speed work session so far. I was going to do one this weekend but my motivation has been lacking. I want to mail out this letter:
Maybe the snow and cold was a factor. We have been hit with three separate and big storms this month (with another coming Tuesday night. And supposedly this one is supposed to be the worst of them all. Ugh!) Who knows. That said, January was a decent month mileage wise:
- 355.4 miles
- 51 hours 28 minutes 10 seconds
- 8:56 average pace
Compare that to January 2010
- 397.1 miles
- 58 hours 58 minutes 17 seconds
- 8:54 avg pace
Less miles this time around (-13%) but roughly the same pace. Considering that my Boston training was going on during the whole of January 2010 I’m still going to say: all in all a GREAT month.
And above were just a few of the highlights. The running wasn’t spectacular (nor was my sleeping patterns) but I feel happy with how the year is starting. I did fun activities that I’d never done before and baked lots of goodies. And that’s a great thing. I also got a hair cut. Which is a big deal because I go forever between cuts.
So YAY January. Even if it’s going to look like this. Again.