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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

Long Runs:

  • 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!


Pre-dawn fun


Cold long run day

Running Highlights:

  • 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!

 Life Notes:

  • 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.

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Hope the hip feels better soon! Inflammation from the illness probably made you more vulnerable to injury. Even though I'm studying nutrition, I've learned that inflammation can end up leading to more inflammation (but if we didn't have any inflammation we would die, because it is also the immune response and how we heal!) 

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20 hours ago, amarie2009 said:

Hope the hip feels better soon! Inflammation from the illness probably made you more vulnerable to injury. Even though I'm studying nutrition, I've learned that inflammation can end up leading to more inflammation (but if we didn't have any inflammation we would die, because it is also the immune response and how we heal!) 

That makes sense!

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As a Broncos fan, I couldn't exactly cheer for the Chiefs, but I'm happy for them to have the championship (I guess 😋).

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I've really enjoyed your 2:45 and beyond project, too and I'm so glad it's been getting some good attention! 

Keep us updated on the hip, fingers crossed it isn't a torn labrum (although I can recommend an excellent surgeon at KU who trained under mine and does those surgeries for Royals players).

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Ugh! Sorry about the injury.

If you haven't read the Alice Network I think you'd enjoy it.

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