Saturday, 2 February 2013

January Report Card


Overview:

A slow start, with lots of missed miles, in part due to work and the inclement weather but also as a result of a broken bone (or two) in the Stewart household; young Sophia managed to dislocate, shatter and break her ankle.

Strava Calendar:       
                                                        http://app.strava.com/athlete/calendar#Jan


Runs
Miles
Elevation
Planned
25
198

Actual
16
113
8556ft

This month’s running buddies and routes:


Stuart Sibcy                                                http://app.strava.com/activities/37369722

Gary Linacre (DAYTREKKER)                 http://app.strava.com/activities/38978450



Races:

None

Training Thoughts:

Whilst disappointed to have finished so far from my mileage goal, I am pleased with training progress in January. After a few months of low volume, low intensity training with minimal variety and a complete break over Xmas and New Year I have enjoyed adding some threshold, speed and hill sessions. By far the biggest revelation was a drills session with Sophia, running the next day it was so much easier to run with and hold on to form throughout my run and in particular on ascents, I will certainly be continuing with plyometrics as a core element of my plan.

Weight:

Start of month 85.7 kilos (13st 7lbs)
End of month 84.2 kilos (13st 3lbs)
A disappointing element of training, a rather jolly and sedentary Xmas combined to push me to my heaviest weight in years; a disappointing loss of just 4lbs leaving me some way off my target weight for the start of February of 13st.

February:

An increase in planned mileage to 204 miles across 24 runs, following broadly the same 6 day per week pattern, challenge will be to find the time to fit in a longer mid-week run.

February brings with it my first event of the year, The Belvoir Challenge:


A very charming trail marathon, all in aid of the local school, outstanding aid stations stuffed full with home-made cakes, finishing in the school hall where they serve soup and home-made crumble.

I can’t quite decide on my approach it would be nice to go and ‘lay down’ a time but am not sure I want to disrupt my training schedule so will probably settle on training through and treating it as a long run.

To learn more about my plans for this and next year, including the charity I am raising money for please visit:

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