First week of January is over. Three more to go. January is definitely Bertha’s favorite month — if you can log some decent mileage in January, your spring season is off to a good start. Just trying to press through and know there’s light — literally, more daylight — ahead.

Monday: Easy 6 to recover from Sunday’s race, 50 minutes, AHR 131 (so lowwww). Had the day off work so slept in and ran with a friend. Clunky. 30 minutes of Jasyoga in the evening.

Treadmill for dayzzzz.

Tuesday: 10 miles, 77 minutes, AHR 146. Easy peasy. Faster than I expected.

Wednesday: 10 miles, 76 minutes, AHR 150. Speed work day: 1 mile at 6:30, 2×800 at 6:00, 4×400 at 85, all on the treadmill. Warm up, cool down, recovery jogs. Ran before work (6:30 a.m.) and taught Pilates after (6 p.m.) so basically I was at the gym for 3 hours.

Thursday: 6 miles, 46 minutes, AHR 144. Easy recovery run before work. Wanted to do 8 but slept too late. Taught Pilates Strength after work.

Friday: 6 miles, 46 minutes, AHR 143. Easy on the treadmill. Again, wanted to do 8 … but it was after work on a Friday and I also wanted to go home.


Saturday: 14.22 miles, 1:47:44, AHR 145. SO COLD. Windchill was -1 to 0 the entire time, actual temp 8-10. All the clothes. Can’t believe I was running that fast. BRRR. 48 minutes of Jasyoga and foam rolling in the evening.

Sunday: 6 miles, 46 minutes, AHR 140. This was way faster than I expected and my HR was way low. I was listening to the Run to the Top podcast with Tina Muir interviewing Jared Ward, which was a great episode. I had my watch screen on HR only and I kept missing the mile splits since I was listening to my headphones. I don’t usually run with headphones outside but I save Sundays … it’s an easy run and I always have a pile of podcasts I want to listen to but no time. It’s a nice incentive and helps keep the run easy and entertaining. Did a little bit of Jasyoga before and after the run.

Totals: 58.2 miles, 3 hours of Pilates and yoga. (Since I opted for the lower-mileage options Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I expected this to be a lower-mileage week. Then I looked at the total on Saturday and almost ran extra Sunday to hit 60! Whoops! No need to hit 60 just because, though, because I’ve got plenty more training ahead!)