January: Start Me Up

Stinson Beach in Winter

Stinson Beach in Winter

With the arrival of the New Year and promise of a fresh start, I am always eager to hit the trails. But being careful of overtraining, my focus in January has been about starting slow:

1 race, 15 running days, 100 miles, 21:04 hours, and 14,753 ft. of climbing.

Most of my training was on Mt. Tamalpais, climbing up Steep Ravine and down Dipsea in order to get the legs ready for the Stinson Beach 25K, which had 3,430 ft. of vertical and two legit climbs up to Pantol. In sharp contrast to the beach day weather on race day, the following weekend I checked out about 20K of the Way to Cool course, to get a preview of what to expect for the 50K in March.

I am also working hard at awareness, letting go of the aches and pains that are part of training, and being mindful of good form. My morning cafe con leche is now followed by a daily yoga practice to complement the regular post-run rolling and massaging, while pre-race Delfina pizza and recovery meals at Sol Food can mean only one thing: the race season is on.

197 days until the Leadville Trail 100M.

31. January 2014 by Nico
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