I didn’t run much in January. After the holidays I didn’t feel like running, so I took quite a few weeks off. I walked some days and did nothing for whole weeks. Then on the 25th I decided to start running again and shoot, those weeks off certainly helped me. In the last week of the month I managed to go from 0 to 35 miles! I ended up at 42 miles for the month.
I have learned this lesson before, but I tend to forget it: my body does really well with higher mileage, but it also does really well with a few weeks break. After a long season of high mileage and marathon training, it helps if I take 2-4 weeks off (run if I want, walk more). Every single time I come back with way more energy and endurance, fresher legs, and way more excitement to run.
And here are January’s books. All of these were pretty good but a few of them really stood out.
- The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth – Read this series.
- Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
- The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman (young adult)
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Dave totally called the twist on this one, but it was really good. I couldn’t put it down!
- The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
- Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina – My mom heard about this book and got it for me for Christmas. It was so so good. Based on the true events of the coal miners’ strikes in Kentucky/West Virginia and told from four different perspectives. Loved.
- parts of The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (nonfiction) – This is two true stories told concurrently – the World’s Fair in Chicago in the early 1900s and a serial murdered who built a hotel there for the fair and killed unknown numbers (mostly women). I almost didn’t finish this book because the killer was SO terrible that it was starting to freak me out. And I skimmed the chapters about the World Fair because they didn’t hold my interest as much (the murdered storyline was one of those so terrible you can’t stop reading even though you’re horrified and don’t want to keep going).
What books have you been reading lately?
Do you find if you take some weeks off running you come back stronger?