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January 31, 2011

Previously on MM…January 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:43

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.

thanks google.

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:

Dear Motivation,

Anytime now.

Love, MM

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:

January 2011:

  • 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.

thanks google.


  1. I’d love to go climbing, it’s so expensive over here to go though! Great stats for January!

    Comment by Laura — January 31, 2011 @ 13:40

  2. Yay for fun indoor activities during the winter. We are bracing for THE STORM OF THE CENTURY here, too, but so far no news about actually getting a snow day. *Crossing figures*

    Comment by Chelsea — January 31, 2011 @ 13:57

  3. if sportin’ a stylin’ new ‘do doesn’t get you on the speed-train…

    Comment by danny — January 31, 2011 @ 14:12

  4. Rock climbing! I’ve only ever done it once, but it’s soooo fun! Our fancy schmancy Rec Center at college had one- but you had to pay an arm and a leg to use it… what’s that about???

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — January 31, 2011 @ 14:59

  5. Seems like you are having such a blast! Your friends sound amazing. Woohoo getting through the snowdump of January!

    I laughed out loud at the Speed Work Motivation letter. Short and sweet and so on the mark.

    Comment by sweatykid — January 31, 2011 @ 16:14

  6. I miss climbing so much! I used to go outdoors every weekend when I lived in SoCal (and usually to the indoor climbing gym a couple of times a week, too). You’re right that so much of it is core and leg strength – but my forearms would always be totally pumped out for a couple of days after a climbing day. 🙂

    I’m right there with you on the speedwork motivation. Ugh…I need to make that happen this week.

    Comment by shelby — January 31, 2011 @ 16:22

  7. I’ve rock climbed once…I sucked at it. I had no upper body strength, at all! I should try it again now that I’m lifting with my upper body, I might impress myself!

    And a weekend to busy for the internet makes for a good, fun filled weekend! 🙂

    Comment by Heidi Nicole — January 31, 2011 @ 16:37

  8. Good heavens – I never truly realized how much you run until I see these monthly stats. Very impressive (and it makes me feel like a major poser), but I guess that is why you are traveling to Boston this April and I am shaking in my NB’s at the thought/possibility of training for my first marathon this spring.

    I love all your baked delights. It makes me feel normal. Just because I’m a runner doesn’t mean I have to eat nothing but fresh fruits & veggies (and whole grains and leans meats and dairy) There is room for cookies… 😀

    Comment by Lisa — January 31, 2011 @ 17:04

  9. I’m thrilled for you. January was a great month and february will be even better! Rock climbing is awesome, and hard!

    Comment by lindsay — January 31, 2011 @ 17:54

  10. I ❤ rock climbing. I haven't been in a year or so though. Solid month! You're totally gonna be ready for Boston!

    Comment by Nick — January 31, 2011 @ 18:23

  11. I love that you’re climbing! Todd & I are finally going again this week after about an 8 month hiatus 🙂 We tend to only climb in the winter and early spring.

    Comment by Jenny — January 31, 2011 @ 19:13

  12. Wow – you’ve had a great month in spite of the nasty weather! 🙂 If you find your motivation, can you send some this way, please?

    Comment by Terri — January 31, 2011 @ 19:15

  13. Great job on this month!! You were running the treadmill a lot last year too as I remember so that is awesome that you kept your paces about the same!

    Comment by J — January 31, 2011 @ 20:22

  14. Hey, if you’re still managing the kind of volume you did this past month and feeling good, I don’t think it’s really that bad (or bad at all) that you also managed to have so much fun. Being a VISTA, I think you deserve any fun you can find!

    Rock climbing IS awesome. I don’t do it as much (or really at all) like I used to when I was in high school. But there’s a wall at the Y I go to, I should check it out some time.

    Comment by runningmanz — January 31, 2011 @ 21:09

  15. I bet your long arms are mega for climbing. It really helps to be able to reach things.

    I wouldn’t be too concerned with the mileage (which is still ridic, in my opinion). This winter has been miserable for running, and getting in ANY mileage is an accomplishment.

    Comment by sarah — February 1, 2011 @ 06:19

  16. HOLY COW you run SO MANY MILES!!! I am jealous!! So glad you had an amazing weekend…I love philly cheese steaks and rock climbing is a killer workout (for me at least). Keep up the awesome miles girl!

    Comment by janae — February 1, 2011 @ 15:06

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