331 in 31

screen shot of Garmin Training Center
<!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:blue; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {pag 31 days into the year and it has already been a fantastic month for running. 331 total miles of training this month. 331 miles of dirt, road, gravel, track and everything else that I came across on any given workout scheduled for that day. With upping my mileage since December 10, 2012, I have noticed several improvements in my running already. From an increase of speed, to multiple long runs, long easy runs, faster easy runs, there is a lot to be said for high mileage training when done correctly.
Perhaps the most noticeable improvement has to do with the mental side of running, obviously I feel physically stronger on my runs, and however the mental confidence of knocking out back-to-back long runs has been amazing. In my previous training programs, methods, plans or whatever you want to call them, I thought to my self-how could I run that many miles? Or how is it possible to run that fast for that long? While with my current training program that has me running everyday with 6 of the seven days running 10 miles or more, there is never a doubt if I can complete any given run. Wither it is a tempo, interval, or long run, I have the confidence that I can take on whatever is prescribed for any given day. Now don’t get me wrong, some days my body feels strong than others, or my legs seem lighter, but I know one thing is consistent, and that is my mental toughness is always consistent.
after a recent 16 mile run at Long Pace
The other benefit of the high mileage training plan I am currently under is the ability to recover quicker, I credit this to recognizing that every run has a purpose. Like intervals (speed or strength) runs, tempo runs, longs; long recovery runs also have a purpose. Previously I thought those ‘recovery’ miles were junk miles. Boy, was I completely wrong with that thought process. As long as you are running distances at a prescribed pace, there is always a purpose. On most weeks I average about 34 miles at easy pace. Running at slower paces even has a purpose, which is to RECOVER!  These recovery runs have provided me the benefits of logging miles while not running my legs into the ground.
weekend forecast for my 2 races
As January is a wrap, February quickly moves in with some exciting runs.  January was treated as my ‘training camp’; February is still part of training, as I log miles and runs to prepare for the Honda LA Marathon, which is my first goal race of 2013. Running all of January without pinning a race bib to my singlet, February starts off the running season for me. I quickly move into the first weekend of February with running back-to-back races on February 2 & February 3. February 2nd (Saturday) I will be running the Jed Smith Ultras 30k (though they offer a 50k, and 50 mile as well). I will then turn around and run on my birthday, February 3rd, at the Davis Stampede Half Marathon.  Though these 2 runs will be at races, with prizes etc, my goal is run them with training purposes, each race will have a set pace I will be running them to allow me to be at my best form for the Honda LA Marathon. On Saturday I will run the 30k (roughly 18 miles) and tack on 3 more kilometers for good measure and celebrate my 33rd birthday with 33kms. After completing the Davis Stampede Half Marathonon Sunday, I will have logged 33 miles on the weekend of my 33rdbirthday.
How did your January training go? What is on tap for February?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s