Where did January go?
I was actually somewhat shocked when I realized January was almost over and that I should probably recap how my training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Half-Marathon has been going.
I feel reluctant even qualifying January as the “kick-off” month to my half-marathon training. Between being sluggish, belaboring over the 4 pounds I gained (now apparently 6) and being sick as of late, I didn’t see much progress this month. I’ve also struggled with finding a new groove in my training plan in between personal commitments and trying to attend yoga classes that interest me.
Overall I covered 23 miles.
That was not in one week. You read that right. For the entire month!
Of course I was also yoga-ing in there and managed to do a few cross-training workouts like using the elliptical and attending kickboxing class. But I’m my own worst critic and I see a lot of room for improvement. Here’s what is now tentatively on tap for the next month or so:
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Needless to say, I hope February bodes well for my training plan. I did garner a bit of inspiration from some of the other Cleveland Marathon Bloggers last week during an informal dinner meet-up last week. At first I felt a bit intimidated how intense some of their training runs and weekly mileage bases already are.
But as we discussed how we are all on an equal playing field as runners – encouraging each other on our journeys, no matter how fast or slow each step is, I walked away feeling inspired more than anything. Pile that on top of some Facebook friends who have been posting about how they have really been tearing up the pavement, and I’m yearning to get out there again myself!
I also decided to bust down and finally buy some running gear I need. Remember my running jacket post? I finally took the plunge and purchased the Brooks Essential Run Jacket in pink last night.
Anticipating spring showers, I bought the Nike Feather Light Cap — also in pink!
The problem wasn’t knowing what I wanted to buy, it became forcing myself to open my wallet and shell out some dough. I am thrifty at heart! I think it was a good thing I waited until end of January. I got both items for less than $50 total. I’m hoping my new gear will help put that extra spring in my step as I hit the pavement in February!
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How you do YOU garner training inspiration in the dead of winter?
Disclosure: As a 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Blogger I will receive complimentary entry into the race of my choice, along with special access to pre and post-race events, in exchange for writing about my training for this event.