Anywho...back to February...
Miles Run: 198! Holy crap...and February is a damn short month too! This puts me at 392 total for the year. I feel like I am getting into the swing of things with this plan. My body and lungs are cooperating. Today's 16 miler was done at an 8:15 pace and my heart rate averaged 15 beats below lactate! (The slow end of training pace). Many times during this run today I thought to myself - "ahhh remember those good ole days when long run pace was 9:15 - 9:30." I don't miss that. Those were the days when I struggled to even finish the runs.
Cross Training: Approximately 10-11 hours of ancillary work. This is the most consistent I've been with this type of work ever...and I know it is paying off big time. And I've surprised myself by discovering that I actually kind of like it! Next week, my routines change up a bit and get a bit longer (and a bit more challenging). I'm looking forward to the change...and hoping to continue reaping the benefits.
Races: Mid Winter Classic 10 Miler An awesome 3 minute PR and a pace I never thought I could comfortably hold for 10 miles. I felt SO strong and awesome during this race and was immediately lulled into a wonderful false sense of security about my strength...until I woke up the next morning at 5AM for a 6 mile recovery run. HOLY OUCH! The first mile of that run was comical. Probably around 10:30 m/mile or so. Luckily the pain went away by the end. I had been considering doing a half prior to marathon day to get a read on a possible marathon time. Hanson's discourages racing while training. Now I know why. I'm good till marathon day, thank you!
High Point of the Month: PR-ing the Mid Winter Classic was pretty awesome. Dropping a pant size (while remaining exactly the same on the scale) was also pretty dang awesome. Finally seeing some muscle gain now. Also awesome - just freaking getting it done day after day. Somehow, I've made it 1/2 way through this crazy ass plan!
|Hello MWC 10 miler PR!|
Low Point of the Month: The flipping weather. When it's not 0 degrees out...there is a foot of snow falling. My body is so confused. Run outside and it's 0 with -10 wind chills. Run at the gym and its 85 degrees, 100% humidity and the windows and walls are dripping with moisture (ew, I hate that word, but I'm not kidding, it's gross).
|The view from the end of one of my runs this month...|