Tuesday, 7 February 2012

January Rundown

That was a pretty awesome month, training wise. I've started 2012 with the highest running mileage for about 18 months (or since the heady days before Plantar Fasciitis). In January I did this:

Ran 18 times = 82.05m
Cycled 5 times = 50.8m
1 race
1 pilates attempt!

So the pilates and resistance training has not been going so well, but my focus has definitely been running. I've built my long run up to 10 miles, and I've run 4 times every week of the year so far.

I'm really hoping to be ready to beat my (admittedly rubbish) PB at a half-marathon in March, and from my January training, I'm pretty much on track, although I could do with some more speed.

However, February is bound to be less consistent. I've been doing all my long runs on Mondays (when Emma is at nursery and Robbie's at school), but this month there are no less than 3 Mondays when Robbie's school is closed! This also includes half term, which means a week of little time to myself at all. We also have plans every weekend, which means I can't easily reschedule my long runs, and in addition to all this, the weather has gone all wrong:

We woke up to thick snow on Sunday morning, and now, on Tuesday afternoon, it's hanging around with a load of slippery ice. It's really hard work to run in, and in the mornings and evenings when it's below freezing, the ice makes it too dangerous to risk. Those of you who live in places where you get a lot of this weather, I really don't know how you do it (ajh I'm looking at you!).

So I will be juggling things in February, and hoping to keep on track with some long runs when I can. Come on sun - melt melt melt!


  1. You'll have to invest in a pair of Yaktrax for staying on your feet in wintry conditions. I was out running in them Sunday and Monday and my wonderful partner was running in hers today, high on the moor in packed snow and rutted ice.
    That's an impressive set of figures for January. Well done.

  2. 3 Mondays out of 4 off for Robbie? That's terribly inconsiderate of hi school. Don't they know that you're trying to keep some sort of consistency going? I hope it warms up a little for you soon.

  3. I'm with you - the sooner we get some warmer weather the better! Let's keep our fingers crossed!
    Thanks for the heads up on the website!

  4. Nice January training, well done! We don't get snow so I would probably not wish it away when we do get it.