I am very happy to be saying good-bye to January (even though February is my least favorite month). I am now one month closer to the end of the semester, warmer weather, and my very distant, January 2018 marathon.
I am very happy with how this month came together. December provided a needed break from running, but with each week that passes I am starting to remember why I love running and rediscover the spark that gets me out the door.
Distance: 75.27 miles
Longest run: 8 miles (x2)
My first 8 mile run was a major struggle. I was still working on cutting out walking breaks. My confidence was nonexistent. I was ready to quit after just 5 miles, but I accepted my slowing paces and pushed through. My second 8 mile run was a completely different story. I felt stronger and ran faster as the run progressed. I know I am still not out of the woods in regards to rebuilding my fitness and expect to have quite a few painful runs ahead of me, but it was really nice to find a spark of confidence and the inspiration to keep at it.
Yoga classes: 8 [4 regular, 4 hot]
I’m very happy with how yoga has been going. I am also noticing a greater awareness of my posture when I am sitting and when I am running. Plus I can tell that I have built some core strength and upper body strength. Don’t confuse this with actually being strong! I am still definitely a wimp, but maybe slightly less wimpy these days.
My new mat (Lululemon 3mm) has only been used for one hot yoga session, but I did not slip all over the place like I did on my cheapo mat! Hallelujah! Looking forward to continuing to test its abilities to withstand sweat at tonight’s hot vinyasa class.