Where the crap did January go? It seems like just yesterday it was the first of the year and I was planning for our annual trip South. Then, boom – now it’s February!
January was a pretty good month for running. This is the month that I usually cut back a little on my mileage. I believe that everyone should do that every once in a while. You need to give your body a rest from hard training and to recharge your batteries.
So, I started off the first week and a half or so of January tapering for a half marathon. For several years now, I’ve planned a marathon or half marathon in Florida for January or February. I was doing the A1A Marathon in Fort Lauderdale every year until I found the Key West Half. Now, I’m hooked on that race. It’s a lot of fun and, come on, it’s Key West in January!
After the race, I like to take a few more easy and short days (3 – 5) to take it easy – and to enjoy our vacation. It works out great! (In case you didn’t know, Hubby and I own a Dairy Queen so, summer vacations don’t happen.)
After getting back, it’s been cold – but, I’ve been proud of myself! I’ve been pulling up my big girl panties and running outside on some days that I would have usually gone downstairs to my treadmill. (Another side note – I used to run outside all the time until about 10 years ago. Between getting older and my Hubby worrying about me in the dark when it’s icy – I bought a treadmill. Not ashamed to admit that it’s been a good friend more than once!) In fact, just the other day – I did hill repeats a morning in the rain and 35 degrees. I was quite proud of myself!
January was a pretty good much for my drop back month. 155 total miles for the month. Now, on to February!