2017: January Running

January is over already! I can still vividly remember my first run of 2017, in Cloverdale, Indiana of all places!  Let’s get right into January’s running recap!

I ran 55 miles in January, which is way lower than I prefer, but I spent a week and a half too sick to run and had a very busy month, otherwise.  Overall, I had pretty solid runs, just not quite as often as I would have liked.  My unofficial goal this year is to reach 1000+ miles again.

I started 2017 in Detroit, with Chris and his family.  We had a 12 hour drive home on New Years Day, so naturally, we stopped about halfway to run a mile.  I had told Chris we would have to stop and run at least a mile, because one ALWAYS runs on New Years Day!  He was thrilled, just like I knew he would be. 😉

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My longest run in January was 10 miles, which happened on a treadmill, unfortunately.  I needed to get a good solid long run, but it was drizzly and hovering around freezing, with icy spots, so I opted for inside, and had my longest treadmill run to date.

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I ran with friends a couple times, ran solo several times, and ran with Chris a bunch too in January.  I had 15 runs total in January, which isn’t terrible.  I like to have 1-2 days off from running each week, so I’m looking forward to picking it up a bit in February.

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I finished out January with a strong 5 mile run, which felt great. My goal for February is to add strength training 1-2 times per week over my lunch hour, in addition to my running.

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How was your January? Any goals for February?

The January Run-Down

It’s been another month, so it’s time for a run-down of how things went in January 2016!

I set a goal to run 1100 miles in 2016, and in January, I ran 50 miles.  Under normal circumstances, I would be disappointed with my January mileage, but considering I was under doctors orders to not run for 2 weeks after I received a cortisone shot for a likely torn meniscus, I’m happy I reached about half of what I intended for January.

To reach 1100 miles this year, I will have to average about 92 miles per month.  After a 50 mile month in January, I will now have to average about 96 miles per month for the rest of the month to reach my goal.  I’m not yet at the point, with my knee, where I will definitely have to change my goal… I see the doctor tomorrow, and he will tell me what the MRI results are from last week, and he’ll let me know what the plan is.  If I have to have surgery, or go through some kind of therapy, or something else, then I may have to reevaluate my goals for the year, but for now, I’m sticking with 1100 miles!

January started with a run with my best, Amy, as it did last year.  We ran a couple miles on the icy, snowy trails, and called it a day.  It was a great way to start the new year, and it’s now a tradition that I hope we continue to do yearly!

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After my cortisone shot and orders for 2 weeks of no running, I hit up the gym and took several cycle classes during those couple weeks, subbing biking for running.  It’s definitely not the same, but I enjoyed the classes, and worked up quite a sweat every class.  I also did cardio on the elliptical or ARC trainer, and lifted some, being sure to not stress my knee.  I was happy and hopeful, because my knee really felt better.

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Once my two weeks were up, I started running a bit on the treadmill, because the temperatures outside were super cold, and there was ice/snow on most of the sidewalks and trails.  Unfortunately, once I started running, the knee pain came back.  It felt just the same as it felt before the shot.  I was pretty bummed, but I kept running, and kept going to a cycle class each week or so.

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Because the pain came back, I moved up my follow up appointment, and the doctor wanted me to schedule an MRI, to really se what’s going on inside.  I had the MRI done last week, and will see the doctor tomorrow to find out what my future holds.  Here’s a screenshot of one image of my MRI.  Can you tell what’s going on? Me either.

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Once the sidewalks and trails cleared up, and the weather got a little bit warmer, I was super happy to get back to the group runs! I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies 4 times in January, all in the last week and a half!  I ran on the treadmill a record 5 times in January; my longest treadmill run was 5 miles.  (Click here for tips for treadmill running)

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My longest run in January, and actually my longest run since October(!!) was yesterday, on Jan. 30, when I ran 7 miles, with Amy, on the paved trails by Indian Creek.  It was a hard run, and my knee kind of hates me ever since, but the day was gorgeous, there were rabbits and squirrels out and about, kids and families were at the parks, and the day was sunny and bright.  The downside – the horrible decaying composting smell by by the river in a few places.  It was hard to breathe that in deeply!

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January Run-Down:
Running: 14 runs totaling 50 miles
Cycling: 7 cycle classes totaling 7.5 hours of cycling, 97 miles.
Longest run: 7 miles, Jan. 30.
Races: none.

January Roundup

January is a month filled with hope! So many resolutions, goals, and dreams. I hope that feeling of hope that everyone has in January extends through the next 11 months.  I’m going to quickly recap my running in the month of January.

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January 1st FUN RUN with Amy!

I previously posted my 2015 running goals, one being to run 1100 miles in 2015. With a month down, I’m happy to report I am right on target, finishing January with 90 miles.  My longest run in January was 8.2 miles, on January 18.  My highest mileage week was the week of January 19-25, with 25.45 miles.  I ran with the KCRC Groupies 5 times in January, and my pace with the group has been getting faster each week.  I completed one race, the Groundhog Run 10k, and PR’d by over a minute!

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In addition to running, I began taking a yoga class once a week, and couldn’t be happier with my class and instructor.  I’ve recently been able to do an assisted headstand, which I’m really excited about.  It makes me want to do more and more and get stronger and get to the point where I don’t need to use the blocks!  I am confident that yoga will continue to help my running, my mind, and my body become stronger.

Photo Feb 01, 1 35 51 PMAt the beginning of the year, I posted my One Little Word for 2015, and I feel that so far this year, I’ve taken chances, I’ve been brave and courageous, and am spreading my wings.  I look forward to the next 11 months to reach and exceed my goals!

Did you set any specific goals for January? How are you doing on your resolutions or goals for 2015?  Happy February!