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Yay January is over!  It has been a mild Winter but yesterday and today we got some very cold weather.  I guess I shouldn’t really complain.  Well, maybe just a little.

In late December, I began training for the NYC Half Marathon.  I am following one of Hal Higdon’s plans and so far have had some good workouts.

Let me tell you about how January went for me:

Mileage:  I finished the month with 59.66 running miles and 13.59 walking miles.  I am impressed with the walking miles because I am not much of a walker.  I missed a few days of running but am not too worried about it.  My goal for the half marathon is to finish and have fun. 

Current Book:  I read two books and now am reading “The Plot”.

Current Shoes: Running in the Brooks Ghost.  These are perfect because they’re NYC-themed!

2023 Running Goal:  My goal this year is to run 800 miles.  It is about 67 miles per month.  I ran less this month but know I can make it up in the upcoming months.  As long as I stay healthy and injury free, I am confident I will reach my goal.

Injuries: A few months ago I was dealing with hip pain and plantar fasciitis.  The hip pain isn’t too much nor is the plantar fasciitis.  I’ve been stretching more and have been using these inserts all of the time.

Blog: I want to be consistent and blog 3 days a week (Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday).  I was doing OK posting on Sunday but missed it this Sunday because I am always falling behind on reading and commenting.  I need to figure out a system to balance it out.  Any ideas?  

School:  I have my good days and my bad days like everyone else.  My students sometimes amaze me.  We are working on adding 3-digit numbers and almost everyone in the classroom understands the strategy I am teaching them.  Thanks to Common Core, I cannot teach them the way we learned it (algorithm).  They need to break it down into hundreds, tens, and ones.  I understand why but it takes so long.

Health:  I have no complaints about my health.  I still have my days when I sleep OK and others when I do not sleep OK.  I was taking a sleeping pill prescribed by my doctor but that didn’t really help.  Instead, if needed, I take melatonin.  

Overall, January was a good month.  Let’s see how February goes.

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10 Comments on Tuesday Topics: January 2023 Review

  1. It’s always nice to start the year well! Nice job!
    Walking is a great activity – not really a workout where we get all sweaty, but it’s a natural human activity that is very healthy.
    Where do you do your walking? I love to walk in a forest. It has such a calming and soothing effect.

  2. Congrats on a good start to the year.

    I loved The Plot.

    My sleep is up and down. Lately it’s down.

    I try to write my posts ahead when I have extra time.

  3. I’m glad you’re finding the insoles helpful for PF. It’s crazy how everyone has such a different experience with it and what helps one person doesn’t help another. It always feels like PF advice is such a crapshoot!

  4. Congrats to a nice start to the year!

    I’m glad your hip pain and plantar fasciitis is gradually improving. Orthodic inserts can make a huge difference in comfort level!

  5. I stopped putting so much pressure on myself to keep up with everything. You keep up when you can and you do your best. That’s really all you can do. PF is the worst! That’s where my ankle troubles started. I had PF once before and it resolved on it’s own. This time not so much.

    I switched to Hoka shoes at work. That helped a bunch. Nothing helped my ankle problems unfortunately. When I make my return to running, I will be definitely be a little kinder to myself and stop pushing through pain. Sometimes your body is really telling you to take it easy.

    I’ve also been working on sleep. Ugh. Have not fixed that perfectly either.

    • This is my 2nd or 3rd time with PF. I remember another time it went away with stretching my calves, using a foot roller, and inserts. I don’t remember which inserts I used and that I why I bought the ones I have now. I am glad they’re working out for me. I have heard of Hoka. Glad to hear they’ve been helping you.

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