There is no doubt that my shin and knee injuries from last year have been hanging around; but I have been able to subdue them to a point that only one week had reduced workouts. Max workout for the month was 4 hours and 15 minutes, including 1 hour 47 minutes of running over 18.5 miles. Frankly this came out of nowhere as I did it after having some keen shin and knee pain. Also in that workout was 1600 feet of elevation gain.
My usual comparison to 2010- my best workout January 2010 was a 45 minute walk at 20 minutes per mile with 800 feet of elevation gain. It’s clear I am way ahead of 2010 and I want to keep healthy enough to keep it up and keeping my workouts under control. With that I have decided for sure to do a 50k and not the 50 miler at the upcoming NJ Ultra Festival (March 19) . While I suppose I could push myself to cover 50 miles I don’t think my legs would recover well at this point and would cause longer term damage.
So now it’s February and I move on. Icing and resting and running and walking. The snow has kept me house bound, I don’t have snowshoes that are good for running and the trails are likely deep with snow. I know they are since we are getting 22 inches over the next two days. I have tried to get some road running in but it seems to be snowing every other say so I need to wait till the shoulders of the road are cleaned well……….
Rating- B+ - hard to say too much bad- I hit my long workouts, cycled and took days off and ran more than I even hoped. I destroyed 2010’s January workouts, my only year of comparison. Only thing that keeps from the A is the shin and knee aches. So far, so good in 2012 for race improvements…..