I know I'm a bit behind but I feel like you can get away with a Happy New Year for at least a week. I worked my last day at my desk job on New Year's Eve then did a quick workout and was in bed by 10:30. My kinda night.
New Year's Day I ran the Hangover Classic 5k. I was dying to run the 10 miler and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed to be doing the 5k BUT a race is a race and after having not even run let alone race since the marathon in October I was just happy to be there. January also marked the start of Ironman 70.3 training and my coach specifically put in the notes for this workout to "take it easy!" He also told me I was wise to not do the 10 miler.
I started off feeling great and saw I was at a 10:14. I eased off a bit but not too much because I was feeling good. The course was pretty and decently flat for the 5k so I was able to keep a really steady pace throughout. I also passed a fair number of people which always makes a gal feel good. I didn't use my interval method I used for the marathon so it was the first time in a long while I ran for 30 minutes straight aside from the few steps around a big sheet of ice. I felt great throughout and even had a little sprint left to pass 2 more people at the finish.
And ta-da! First race post-stress fracture and first race of the year in the books. I managed a 32:20 which isn't half bad for me and didn't have any pain in my leg at all! It's so exciting to be running again and I think 2014 is off to an amazing start!