January 2018 Training Recap

We are halfway through February and I still have not updated with my January training recap! Whew! A lot has been going on in my life, and unfortunately my training has taken a solid hit, that’s for sure.

But as for January, the month started off strong, as it usually does. I pretty much stuck to my mileage as planned until the week of the 22nd, which is when I got hit with some kind of bug. It was basically a cold, and although my symptoms were pretty mild for the most part, the one symptom that was intense was my fatigue. I would come home and just be exhausted at the end of the day. I thought it would be best for me to just take it easy and take some time off. Unfortunately I have barely recovered my training since then, which is frustrating to say the least. The next couple of weeks will determine whether or not I will actually be running marathon number 3 in April… price increases after midnight February 28th, and if I’m not hanging with my long runs by then, I don’t think the marathon will be worth it…

Okay, enough of the negativity. Let’s talk about the stats!

  • Total Miles: 52.86

Here’s how I managed with my running + walking miles for 2017:

  • January 2017: 73.83 miles / January 2018: 66.50 miles
  • February 2017: 33.39 miles /
  • March 2017: 51.51 miles /
  • April 2017: 68.68 miles /
  • May 2017: 61.50 miles /
  • June 2017: 51.62 miles /
  • July 2017: 70.38 miles /
  • August 2017: 104.54 miles /
  • September 2017: 136.86 miles /
  • October 2017: 72.28 miles /
  • November 2017: 52.86 miles /
  • December 2017: 57.54 miles /
  • TOTAL 2017: 835 miles / TOTAL 2018: 66.50 miles / GOAL: 1000 miles, 6.65%

What was I training for? I started my marathon training plan for the Martian Marathon.

What races did I run? BARC Freeze Your Fanny 5k

Best performances: Since I only ran one race, that would be the Freeze Your Fanny 5k – and it was a mighty good performance! I ended up with a course PR , finishing in 31:05, just a little over a consistent 10 minute mile pace.

Opportunities for improvement: The beginning of the month I was doing really well – my diet eh, not so much, but training I was sticking to it. When my sickness hit everything just fell apart. My training sucked and my eating sucked. And I still haven’t quite fully recovered.

What’s ahead: So far in February I have already completed one race – Winterlaufe – and I will complete my second race tomorrow morning. I will also be doing my first double digit run since the Detroit Marathon in October. The furthest I have run so far in my training has been 8 miles, and that was a month ago. I’m hoping since we are splitting it up a bit (doing a few miles before the race, racing, then doing the rest of the miles afterwards) and doing run/walk intervals that I will be able to get at least 10-12 miles under my belt tomorrow. If I can, then the marathon is still a possibility. If not… well I might have to look at doing a different marathon this year, if I do any marathon at all. The next race after that will be the St. Patrick’s Day Races in Bay City Presented by Catholic Federal Credit Union. I will once again be doing the Irish Double, and I’m so excited for that race! Ken and his friend Mark have also signed up for the Irish Double! Wish me luck getting my training back in check for this marathon.

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