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Low Miles, High Cross Training

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Miles ran: 38.72
Miles on the spin bike: 27.51
Minutes cross training: 252

I can't decide if I am pleased with February or not. I relied heavily on my Orangetheory workouts to get my weekday running mileage in, which has not been very effective. While I do believe I am building strength and speed, it's not a great substitute for getting the miles in and good ol' MJ is feeling it after the long runs. Thankfully the weather is changing and the days are getting longer so running outside doesn't feel miserable and unsafe. I'm targeting an April half marathon, but didn't realize it was Easter weekend, and with COVID-19 lurking at every state's doorstep, I wonder, do I want to travel right now? Then I remembered the husband and I booked a return to our honeymoon destination so I guess that means I do want to travel right now.

I feel more like myself again with each passing day. I hop on the bike, lace up the shoes, roll out a mat and/or pull out the weights most days each week, and that makes me happy. I realized the other day that my easy run pace is floating back to where it was last fall, "before everything", as I often say. I'm also discovering that I really never focused on re-activating my hip flexor after surgery. When I wasn't racing, and just running because it was lovely, it wasn't a big deal - seemed easier to avoid anything that would aggravate it. Now that is no longer acceptable, so thankfully I have Emily Infield's Instagram to follow where she shows continued recovery from her own hip scope and I'm pulling nuggets from the strength and rehab posts she shares.

All of this makes me think I may want to refocus on the 5K again. I want to be able to push myself, and really focus in on speed. This naturally makes the 5K distance seem like the obvious choice. Also, it seems like far less commitment than a half marathon or longer, even though I'm well aware it's equal effort or more. But, we will see. For now, I'm happily logging miles and enjoying the return of sunshine for extended periods of time.

Favorite workout: Orangetheory Tornado, where you rotate between tread, rower, and weights, staying at each station no more than 4 minutes at a time. It was a sweatfest and very satisfying.

Favorite Long Run: A 7 miler that was the longest run since everything last fall. Somehow, reaching the full mile past a 10K mark always feels significant to me. Perhaps it's because I'm on the slower side and this is nearly 90 minutes of running for me at long run pace and 90 minutes just feels good. And it did.

Photo dump:
We tried Every Plate meal prep service for a few weeks and found some tasty recipes.

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Jeff went to the doggie dentist and was pretty zoned out for about 12 hours. Sorta funny, but also never putting him under anesthesia again unless it's absolutely necessary.

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BFF Pizza for Valentine's Day with the hubs
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How was your February? Anyone else do the heart-shaped pizza for Valentine's Day?
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Last year we started a new Valentine's tradition. We drove to the closest convenience store and bought each other full-sized candy bars. At least, I thought it was a new tradition. This time, when I got home and asked if she was ready to go, she sheepishly admitted that she'd already gotten me a Baby Ruth, because that's what she wanted. So I made a solo Speedyway run for a Snickers and we split them.

That jagged cut makes your pizza look like a broken heart, which I'm sure isn't what you were going for.

Good luck with the 5K plans. I sort of miss 5Ks.

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1 hour ago, Dave said:

Last year we started a new Valentine's tradition. We drove to the closest convenience store and bought each other full-sized candy bars. At least, I thought it was a new tradition. This time, when I got home and asked if she was ready to go, she sheepishly admitted that she'd already gotten me a Baby Ruth, because that's what she wanted. So I made a solo Speedyway run for a Snickers and we split them.

That jagged cut makes your pizza look like a broken heart, which I'm sure isn't what you were going for.

Good luck with the 5K plans. I sort of miss 5Ks.

That's a great tradition. The heart is supposed to look like two pieces of those BFF heart necklaces. It was the husband's idea, so I go with it.

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FWIW, I have run my best 5Ks off marathon training, bahaha!

Cheers to spring!

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12 hours ago, SIbbetson said:

FWIW, I have run my best 5Ks off marathon training, bahaha!

Cheers to spring!

I believe it! You always build so much strength and endurance during marathon training.

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The heart pizza is amazing!

Nice month in training! Do whatever makes you happy. Some of my favorite workouts have been just like your Tornado workout. varying the different exercises keeps my mind occupied.

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No heart-shaped pizza for us, but we did go out to Old Town for a Valentine's Day "Paint 'n' Sip."  I did a lot more sipping than Mrs. AB, but we ended up with reasonably compatible paintings.  I hope you're having a good March as well; are you on the Covid-19 front lines in KC?

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