February 2020 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 99.3
- Jan. 27-Feb. 2: 45.5
- Feb. 3-9: 49.6
- Feb. 10-16: 29
- Feb. 17-23: 8.1 (all AlterG treadmill)
- Feb. 24-March 1: 0 (insert crying emoji here)
- None this month. I'd hoped to run a local race, the Cabin Fever Reliever 20K, but my left hip had other plans.
- Feb. 7 - 4 x 0.5 moderate (6:30-7:00) with 0.5 easy between, within an 8 mile run. We will call this one humbling! Although the pace was moderate and not hard, it also made me really wonder how I ever ran 5 marathons with paces under 6:30! It was my first run beyond very easy after Houston and after bronchitis, so those things factored in, but oy.
- Feb. 11 - 6 mile progression run in 7:19, 7:14, 7:02, 6:58, 6:43, 6:35. I was hoping to do about 7:30 down to 6:00-6:15, but that wasn't in the cards. I felt pretty good for 3 miles and then just felt drained; the uphills in particular got me on this one and showed me I was not yet full strength following my illness.
- Doubles: Feb. 10 - I thought I was back to doubles for one day!
- Strides: Feb. 5, 9.
- Strength work: Weekly totals of 1:00, 1:25, 1:30, 2:30, 2:08
- Yoga: Weekly totals of 1:00, 1:55, 1:20, 0:47, 0:36.
- Cross-training: I did some swimming, aquajogging, and biking, but I am not keeping specific totals, which I am calling great progress considering my obsessive cross-training history during injuries.
This workout was done with Abby from the Abbey
- Feb. 1 - 10 miles (8:49). I stumbled through double-digits in a bronchitis-induced haze only because I got lost when running in an unfamiliar area before attending a CE event in Kansas City (I was trying to run 6 miles). I felt very weak, despite sleeping for 12+ hours the previous few nights, and I went on to sleep for 15 hours the night after this run! Needless to say, I probably didn't need to be running, but I did take it very easy.
- Feb. 8 - 13 miles (7:47). I was still somewhat weak on this run, but it was FAR better than the previous Saturday's (although, admittedly, that bar was set quite low!). I ran with Abby and Missy, which is always a highlight!
Cold long run day
- 2:45:01 and Beyond quickly became an amazing project!
- This podcast with the Houston 2:45 pacer is a good listen (I may be biased).
- This piece, which actually came out in January, discussed this amazing time in U.S. Women's Marathoning. It made me realize that I have never thought twice about women in their 30s and 40s running amazingly fast, because I see it around me every day! I have felt better and run stronger in my 30s than in my 20s, which I attribute to taking better care of myself now and training properly, but I love seeing so many "normal" women running extraordinary times well into masters age categories. There has really been an explosion in recent years.
- This article was particularly interesting to me under the heading "Responders, non-responders and the problem with equality". I have found I do not run any faster in Vaporflys or Next %s than in others race/workout shoes, and it was nice to read that there are other non-responders to these shoes. I do recover faster from efforts in them, so it's still nice to come off of a half marathon with no recovery time needed and off a marathon barely sore. I wish they made me faster though!
- My running low-light was a hip injury - details here. My last outdoor run was Feb. 12.
- The Olympic Trials Marathon was of course a highlight, deserving of a separate post.
My mention in Fast Women!
- The Kansas City (Missouri) Chiefs won the Superbowl, which my husband tells me is a huge deal. 🙂 My daughter tells me the snacks were the best part. I went to bed really sick at 7:30 p.m. that night.
- February 4 was my first wheeze-free day since January 17! I had a chest x-ray to ensure I didn't have pneumonia, and fortunately I didn't. The conclusion pretty much was: don't run a marathon with bronchitis.
- We keep Valentines very low key - thankfully!
- Albani made the soccer team.
- We started our garden (mostly Jon started our garden).
Chiefs + frosting
Chiefs + pneumonia testing
Between illness & injury, I spent a lot of time
on this couch w/ this cat during February
Valentines from Grandpa & Grandma
A poor photo of good soccer try-outs
- Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
- White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux
- House Rules by Jodi Piccolut
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
- Again to Carthage by John L. Parker, Jr.
- The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
- Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention by Jay Dicharry
- Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan
- Run the Mile You're In: Finding God in Every Step by Ryan Hall
- This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Theme of the month:
2:45:01 and Beyond! I had a lot of fun with this project.