Chasing 42

Life, the Universe, & Running

January Run-Down

For many folks, New Years Day marks the beginning of a laundry list of New Years resolutions. I’ve never been big on establishing resolutions, mainly because I’ve failed to keep far more of them than I’ve stuck with over the years. However, I’ve definitely found that for myself, deciding to make a change of any kind is more effective if I begin immediately. Thus, I’m constantly making “resolutions” as I adjust aspects of my training, professional activity, or personal endeavors. With all that being said, January was still a solid kick-off to what I hope will be another great year!

By the numbers, my training held fairly strong. I needed quite a bit more recovery time after my adventures in Arizona. I’m not going to lie, the extended rest period was difficult after such a continuous and consistent training schedule for so long. However, my legs clearly needed it! Nonetheless, I still managed a consistent schedule and was pleased with my work this month.

Total # of runs: 24

Total miles: 226.87

Total time: 34 hours, 17 minutes

Average speed: 6.6 mph

On top of my running, several other additions to my weekly schedule have made January interesting!

1. I finally stepped up to the plate and began a consistent strength-training program. Only time will tell if it proves beneficial, but as long as I don’t injure myself, I can’t imagine it not being a positive step.

2. I took some of my runs inside to the track. I fought this decision for quite a while, but the wind broke me this winter, and running in shorts once or twice a week offers a nice break from the 42 layers of clothing I would otherwise be wearing.

3. I finally got around to setting up the bike trainer down in the basement and hopped on the saddle for a few rides. My butt is yelling at me as I type, but it’s nice to have a low-impact workout to add to my repertoire.

4. The beautiful epicurean and I began taking ballroom dance lessons! Not only is this great fun, but the coordination and agility are sure to help with my running, right? You’ll no doubt here more about this later!

Let's hope we look that good eventually!

Let’s hope we look that good eventually!

5. Winter weather means excellent bonding time with our fury family! Looper, our Vizsla, has been especially affectionate this winter. She has truly taken the “velcro dog” nickname to heart!

There aren't enough snuggles in the world for these two!

There aren’t enough snuggles in the world for these two!

That about sums up January for me, and I’d love to hear how the month treated you! Did you start off the year with any resolutions or begin any new adventures, running or otherwise? Have you discovered a wise and wonderful way to deal with the intense cold? Let’s hear it!

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