Full on marathon training starts the first week of February. I'm getting in the groove and warming up to it by doing "mini" workouts. For example, Mondays will be hills (interspersed with some speed work). So Monday night after work I did three miles on the hilliest route I could find. Wednesdays will be tempo runs. Last night after work, I set out for my baby tempo. Let me just say it is hard to get the legs moving quickly when it is so freaking cold. After two warm-up miles I decided to do one tempo mile. Wimpy? NO. It is supposed to be a baby tempo run. I pushed myself for that one mile and hit my pace goal, but it was tough. I then had two cool down miles, which were more like two freeze down miles. My legs feel like cement running in this cold weather - the muscles just never really feel like they are warmed up.
Monday was the first time I've worn my Garmin since my last 5K race in November. That's more than a month of runs with no real purpose! No wonder that little tiny tempo run felt so hard. I'll keep up with the mimic workouts and by February I'm sure I will be more than ready to jump into the plan.