I'm bound to have a 'bad/difficult' run soon. I'm not sure when, but I'm overdue. I've always said the bad runs are what make you a stronger, better runner and I'm actually looking for this run to come. Last night was a pretty easy run I put in 3.4 miles at a 9:23 pace making this a tempo run for me. On top of this I did another 2 miles walking in the morning and a 1 mile cool down after the tempo run. My legs feel pretty good so far - a little tender in the calves but not too bad.
I'm very pleased with my start to the new year. I've already logged 25 miles for the month and I'm feeling very strong. I've run everyday of the new year so far and I can see this overall trend continuing throughout the whole month. (I do expect to take a day off - I'm now sure when yet.)
I've finally decided which 10k program I'm going to work towards for my 10k race in March. January 18th is the program start date and I'll be loosely following Hal Higdon's 10k Intermediate Plan. For those not familliar with this plan, it's and 8 week plan that involves strength training, tempo runs, cross training and some intervals. The plan also calls for a 5k Race on week 4 - which I'll be doing alone. I'll pretty much follow the plan except that I'll be adding a few extra miles hre and there. My race Goal is still running a sub 60 min Race - since it is my first I don't want to burn myself out, because my main goal this year is my1st half that I've scheduled for May. I'll keep everyone posted on my progress.