Every few days I look at the calendar feeling like this is the slowest month ever. How are we only halfway through January? I think most years this feels like a slow month, but this year it’s really crawling. It’s not even like the weather has been horrible or anything, I think it’s just everything else that has been going on, while waiting for things to get better and not having a real timeline for when that will happen.
At least my workouts have been going pretty well! I’ve started to gradually increase my mileage a bit after backing off in December, and I’ve included some 5k-focused workouts. It feels good to do structured workouts again, even if most of my runs are the same as usual.
Weekly Run Down: Only Halfway Through January
Monday: 6 Miles with 2 mins on/1 min off
Tuesday: Core Work + 4 Stroller Miles
Wednesday: 6 Miles with 25 mins Tempo + Strides
Thursday: Strength Training + 4 Stroller Miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 8.1 Miles
Sunday: 4 Stroller Miles with Strides
I felt pretty good for Monday’s speed workout. The goal was to do the hard 2 minutes at around 10k pace or a little faster. On Thursday I was going to do a 25 minute tempo run with the goal of a 7:25-7:35 pace. It was tough getting started, but I felt better as the run went on. Overall my pace was just a little slower than my goal, but it definitely felt harder than last week when I ran 20 minutes at a 7:14 pace.
It feels so good to be able to do stroller runs again! I don’t think I realized how long the mornings felt when we weren’t getting outside a few times a week. Grayson has been getting a little more difficult in there, asking for snacks alot and just wanting to be done after like 20 minutes. I’m sure he needs to adjust again, and I also need to get creative with finding ways to keep him entertained.
Long Run Saturday
This weekend I ran 8.1 miles for my long run- shorter than what I did most of last year but longer than I’ve done in a few weeks. It felt good to finish up with the sunrise. I feel like it takes me a good hour to relax into a run so this was the perfect amount of time to reach that point without being out running for too long.
Do I want to run a marathon?
I keep going back and forth about this. Part of me wants to wait and hope that it will be safe enough in the fall to do an in-person marathon. Another part of me just wants to start training and do a virtual one in the spring. I feel like training now will be easier than in the summer, plus I have more flexibility while I’m still working from home. And I’m just antsy to do it. But then again, a virtual marathon? Not sure I’m up for that after all…
Has this felt like a long month to you?
Are you training for anything right now?
Do you get frustrated when you don’t hit your paces in workouts?