So we’re another month down and beginning to rattle our way through 2015… It’ll be spring soon! (Let’s hope so at least). This month has seen not much cycling, not much swimming and a LOT of running. To be expected in the run-up to a marathon!
So in January I
Swam: 5600m in 5 swims – not a huge amount more metres than last month but more swims – little and often. Although I should have swam 8 times if I’d been keeping to my New Years’ Resolution…
Cycled: 164.1km – very, very similar to November’s tally – mainly cycle commutes with one ride in Wales, and one long ride in Northumberland.
Ran – 111 miles. That’s the first time I’ve run over 100 miles in a month. To give that some perspective, in November (my last monthly recap) I ran just over 60 miles – this was almost my total for August, September and October put together. My further distance was my 18miler last week. My average page was 10:12 per mile, just a bit slower than my goal marathon pace and my fastest was 9:04 per mile on a lunchtime 5k.
Everything else but running kind of fell by the wayside this month. I managed two strength training sessions and six 15 minute online yoga classes.
I read 3 and a half books….
Joshua Ferris – To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Jennifer Klinec – The Temporary Bride: a Memoir of Love and Food in Iran
J.K. Rowling – The Casual Vacancy
And I haven’t yet managed to finish Eric Newby – Around Ireland in Low Gear
On the blog there were:
numerous, numerous blogs due to Janathon.
– My triathlon goals for 2014
– a post about changing up a marathon plan and one about what it’s like to train for a marathon as a triathlete
– Two kit reviews, of my wonderful Yurbuds headphones and one of my incredible Lumie light
– lots of swimming sets: pre-season swim tests, drills and fifties, and sprints.
– a travel post about a holiday in Anglesey.
– a book review of The Temporary Bride and a review of my favourite books from 2014.
– and many, many more including lots of weekly marathon updates!
My best moments in January are harder to think about than November (when I went on holiday to Andalucia) or December (for obvious reasons). It’s a very long month in which I haven’t done much except working really long hours and running progressively longer runs. It feels a horrendously long time ago but the best moments were seeing in the New Year in Anglesey with my friends and the next couple days of cycle rides, 15 mile runs, dinners, wine and laughter.
Right now I am…
Reading: my 220 triathlon magazine! I love it when this arrives once a month and as soon as I finish writing this blog post I’m going to curl up on the sofa under a rug with a nice glass of wine and finish reading it.
– A four day weekend the week after next – two days spent training with my mum, dinner with my friends for Charlotte’s birthday and then a relaxed weekend
Training with super-woman
– getting everything ready to move to Madrid on 1st March. I booked my flights last week and that was a kind of scary moment – flight out, 1st March, return flight, 6th September! Now just to work out how to easily get my bike out there….. Anyone have any bike boxes they want to sell to me secondhand?!
Running 20 / 22 miles in the next few weeks: I was so sore towards the end of 18 slow miles that I actually whimpered out loud. I hoping that 22 miles (my longest run) won’t feel much more painful or else I will be seriously questioning my ability to run a marathon. Presumably this is normal? That the really long runs do really hurt but you can still do the marathon?
Moving to Spain: yes of course it’s exciting, but on the other hand I am (1) leaving behind James and my lovely Oscar-cat; (2) getting to know a different team at work; (3) having to speak Spanish at work; (4) living alone again which I’m not a huge fan of (so why do I keep doing it?!)