Wow. That went fast. I cannot believe January is over already. It was a great month. We had such a great trip to Florida. First for some rest and relaxation by the pool/beach on Anna Maria Island with my parents and the boys and then on to all the fun and memories that was our Walt Disney World Marathon weekend where I completed my 7th Half Marathon and 4th Full Marathon.
I’ve logged 130 miles this month although 42 of those were in one weekend alone – does that mean I was slacking the rest of the month? Apart from a couple of days prior to the Florida trip when I was trying to rest my right knee and a couple of days post Goofy Challenge I have pretty much been back to my 5 days a week training plan.
The New Jersey Marathon is three months away and we also have the April Fool’s Half Marathon in two months down in Atlantic City, NJ. Other than our Florida trip and a couple of weekend runs since getting home I have been confined to running indoors on the treadmill. The temperatures were in the 20s for more than a week and I just didn’t feel that I wanted to be that uncomfortable. I can run outside in the cold (believe me I have the gear for it) but I run early in the mornings before I head off to work and it is still dark at that time and the last thing I want to do is slip on the ice. The other reasons I was indoors was to go easy on my right knee (it’s softer to run on the treadmill than on the road) and my shoes are very good at letting heat escape (well designed for most weather) but not good at retaining heat when needed. I did venture out for a midday run last week and it was so cold I couldn’t really feel my toes by mile 3. Not fun.
We still have February and March where we could possibly get some snowfall so I am sure I will be seeing the treadmill many times in the next few weeks. Oh well. Believe me, in the summer when it is in the high 80s and 90s I’ll be looking at the treadmill again but for different reasons.
The good news is that the days are getting longer and soon I will start to run outside more often. I started off the year with a strong month and managed to keep injury free. I’ll take it. Roll on February.