I know a lot of us go stir crazy when we aren't in our normal routine, me especially. If I don't do at least something once a day, I feel gluttonous, flat, suddenly out of shape, unmotivated. I did at least something once a day, every day over the last 31 days. It feels so good!
January is my month that sets up the rest of the year.
Call me a creature of habit, but if I don't get the momentum going in January, it only gets harder to get that snowball rolling, especially into February. I find my routine in January. Which days do I do which workout? What will my diet look like? How will I schedule cooking food ahead of time? When will I have time to go the grocery store? CLEAN?!?
My knee continues to heal
Over the last two weeks, things changed, for the better! Especially on the run. I injured my keft knee pretty badly 6 months ago, and it really did more damage to my confidence than it did physically, I am now learning. My 10K PR right after the New Year was a complete surprise but I was still not satisfied that my knee was fully healed. After long run after long run and running almost 140 miles for the month, I think my knee is "mostly" healed. It acts up every now and then at the beginning of some runs, but I continue to do an hour of PT on it 2X a week to keep those supporting muscles strong.
I have found my efficiency, finally.
Again over the last two weeks, things changed, for the EVEN better! My overall HR on the run has dropped, signaling that change that I am using less energy to go faster and further. That 14.42 miler on Sunday really qualified this statement. Two years ago I couldn't get below a 155 HR for a 9 min mile. Now I am getting down to low 8's @ 145. My coach agrees and in his weekly email wrote this:
"The great news is that, as I said, you have become extremely efficient for going long. This also suggests that we need to continue to work on your intensity."A) Gulp! B) Yay! C) This morning I woke up with some very sore and unmotivated legs, and still hammered out my 12 min WU, 12 x (45 sec fast, 75 sec easy), 12 min CD interval run. Hurt so good!
My motivation is back, baby!
Now that my knee injury is mostly behind me and a lingering foot issue is resolving itself, its smooth sailing from here onwards! I have a 4 mile race in Central Park this Sunday and I am aiming for a sub 28 min time and keeping all mile splits under 7 mins for the first time. I went 28 flat at the 4 mile mark in the 10K in early January, so I am confident I can achieve this goal.
BRING IT ON FEBRUARY!!!!