February has never been my favorite month. It tends to be grey and we often get our big snowstorms then. Even if it’s not a snowy month, I’m usually mentally over winter by the time it ends. And this February was just too erratic to be loved.
These happened just about a week apart:
I swear I spent the month on a weather roller coaster. I never seemed to be dressed quite right and my body couldn’t adapt to the temperatures at all. Virginia is known for some crazy weather swings, but this month may have been the most up and down we’ve ever had. I’m pretty much convinced that Mother Nature was drunk.
If I were to grade my non-running life, I’d say February was a low C. It was just a crazy month with too many things going on. I fell behind on work, on our taxes, on blogging… well, pretty much on everything except running. On the bright side, we did finally get gorgeous new tile around the tub in one of our bathrooms! (Anyone who knows me well knows that I’d much rather pay for races and vacations than to upgrade things in my house…)
But this is a running blog and today is Tuesdays on the Run. Today we are rating our running month, not the rest of our lives. So, how’d that running go in February?
I’m going to give it an A. I got some solid speedwork in, including a 5K race.
I bumped up my “long run” distance just a bit and had a great 7.5 mile run. I also managed two 5.5 mile runs at my goal pace for the GW Parkway 10 miler. I even managed enough planks to lose a couple of inches around my waist!
I’m running a touch behind on my goal for 100 miles a month, but I only have 7.7 miles left. Guess how far I’ll be running today?
And here we are, ready to start March. I need to double down this month. It’s time to get the mileage up, with some double digit long runs. I also have two local races – a 10K and a 4 miler. While a true PR is unlikely, I’d like to see some sub 10 minute mile paces at both races.
How did your February running go? Are you as ready for spring as I am?
If you want to join us for Tuesdays on the Run in March, here are the topics…
March 7 – how do you create your race schedule;
March 14 – Talk to us about St. Patrick’s day – do you have traditions, a favorite race, a costume you’ll be wearing?;
Mar 21 – Sell us on your favorite local race. What do you love about it and why should we come run with you?;
Mar 28 – Rate your month (and tell us if you want to keep this topic)