I mentioned previously that I joined another blogger in a 1000km running challenge. We are going to try to run 1000km in 2015. Breaking that down means that I would have to average about 80km per month. That seemed a lot to me, especially with the on and off injuries I had in 2013.
Well let me say that January has been a fantastic month for running. I have incorporated weighted quad sets (20 lbs) on the off days and have noticed a huge difference in the strength of my legs. The knee doesn’t ache anymore and the shin splints are gone. My speed has improved as well.
The first half of January saw me running a series of 5km runs (from work to home). One of my goals this year was to run 5km in 30 minutes. I haven’t quite gotten there yet but the last few 5km runs I have broken my own personal best record twice, in the same week!
I’ve only done two long slow distance runs this month. The first was the 11.1 km a few weeks ago. Yesterday was the second. My online running group suggested that I try to incorporate one LSD per week to help me reach my goal of the sub-30 minute 5km. I didn’t tell them this but one of my other goals for the year is to run a half-marathon distance. Again, I’m not signing up for any races so there isn’t really a time constraint, other than I have 11 months to reach this distance.
So while the kids and I were visiting my in-laws, I took advantage of the extra childcare and set out on a long run in a city that isn’t all that familiar to me. I mapped out a 10km route but got a bit distracted by the scenery (million dollar homes along the waterfront). It was really cold and my cheeks were frozen by the half-way point. I wanted to quit several times. I needed a few extra walk breaks, not for my legs, but for my breathing and thank goodness for traffic lights. The ability to catch my breath made it easier to keep going. It was a very mentally challenging experience and one I am proud of accomplishing.