January has been a very cold, but good month of running. Indiana has had some beautiful, warm days this winter, but most of the month has seen temperatures far below freezing, often with winds greater than 20 MPH. Somehow, in spite of the weather, I made it out running 16 times last month, 60% more times in January than in December. I’m hopeful that I will top that number in February as I slacked pretty hard on running for the first week or so of January.
Also exciting, I finally seem to be getting a bit faster. I was beginning to get frustrated with my lack of progress. I think that doing a lot of my runs on the treadmill at the end of last year was holding me back. It is a lot easier to run faster when you don’t have to consciously turn the speed up. I have a feeling that I can achieve some quick, but significant improvement in speed if I concentrate on doing some longer run and just overall higher mileage. Sometimes that is easier said than done, but I need to make a more conscious effort to stay on track each week because it is far too easy to let one day off slip into three days off.
My goals for February are pretty simple: Run More. Run Faster.