Monday was the last day of my sinus problem. I left work early and took a three hour nap. When I woke up I felt human again! I did a strength training workout and rolled a little bit. It felt so good to breathe!
I moved around some of my workouts so I could stay inside and take it easy on Tuesday. I ran six super easy miles on the treadmill with no problems. I did another strength training workout. I finished January with 134.7 miles and really took a moment to let that sink in. This time last year I was battling my second stress fracture in two years. This week I was scheduled to run more miles than I completed in all of February 2016. It's incredibly humbling.
Wednesday I took a rest day and headed up to Slippery Rock! Both of my schools were playing in basketball and I took the day to visit some friends. The game was pretty terrible, but I had so much fun. I'm very grateful for these people. I don't get to see them a lot but we always have such a good time.
Thursday was my make it or break it workout.
2 mile warm up
2 x 3 miles at HMP (8:01, 7:50, 7:59 - 8:03, 8:08, 7:56)
1 mile cool down
9.2 miles total.
This was hard. Harder than it should have been this far in to training. Sustaining an 8:00 pace for 13.1 miles might not happen, but since it was my far reach goal for this race I'm okay with it. I'm sure I will still try on race day, but the goal is to break 1:50, this was a five minute buffer. I'll still train at this pace for sure.
Friday I rested, well because my body made me. My head was pounding and it was very much from a lack of sleep. I slept 11 hours Friday night and it was everything I needed.
Saturday I modified my workout since I had my longest run of the training on Sunday. I took to the treadmill and ran a five mile progression (8:56, 8:55, 8:40, 8:32, 8:22). My legs felt so good. That sleep was really needed.
Weekly Total: 35.2 Miles
February Total: 29.2 Miles
2017 Total: 164 Miles
I can't believe I made it to the taper!! The only thing I will really be tapering on is my long runs. I still have speed work and longer mid week runs. I also have a massage coming up and just getting excited for vacation!!!
How did January end for you? Did you hit your goals?