I’m not looking to get into the habit of wrapping up every month of training this year, but January deserves a mention because of several milestones I hit during my training. A lot of these numbers might seem pedestrian to some athletes, but, for me, it’s been a pretty huge month as far as training volume:
– I ran my longest training run ever, and my third longest run if you count my two previous marathons, with a 21.8-mile training run last weekend.
– That run helped push the week’s total mileage to 63.1, the most miles I’ve ever run in a seven-day period.
– That week added to an already big month, which totaled 182 miles of running. That’s 33 more miles than December and easily the most miles I’ve ever run in a single month.
– The 166 miles I spent on the bike ended up being my third-highest month of cycling. While that number itself wasn’t terribly impressive (I rode 101 miles in a single weekend last summer), when added to the running miles it makes January my highest-mileage month of training – ever. It’s even 5 miles more than last April, when the #30daysofbiking streak pushed my bike mileage over 300.
There’s still a good chunk of training ahead as I zero in on the Shamrock Marathon in March, but it’s been a big mental boost to have really stepped things up in January and still feel great at the end. And even though February is a couple days shorter, I’m looking forward to another high-volume month.