There seems to be two major themes to January running, going out too fast like a freshman in a cross county meet, or doing just about nothing and turning to mush, not ready to deal with this winter brutality. Yes, it’s easy to get excited about the new year and our big goals, often without a cautious build up plan to make it happen without setbacks. And it’s even easier to blow January off, figuring we have lots of time so why fight with this awful month. For those of us who have been at this for a while, we should realize that we do need some downtime and December and January are a good choice. Not to stop running but to get out that door consistently to keep some semblance of fitness so our bodies will be ready for a steady build up as we roll into spring. This is a time for some light weight training, perhaps yoga but yes, some cautious miles so we are ready to get back at it.
Get excited, with a plan!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, who writes this stuff to my block headed self.