February Running Update – Another Month of Inside Miles

Another month of 2014 is done and another pretty good month in terms of mileage. I finished February with 116.6 miles – not quite the 145.7 of January, but still somehow more than last February’s 111 miles.

february 2014 miles

Some of the highlights from the month:

  • I ran another super long (for me) treadmill run and a record for me – 9.4 miles. That’s my new treadmill record. While I’m proud of somehow sticking through that workout – I’m also regretting not getting outdoors enough (see below).
  • I ran my first race of the season – the Chili Bowl 5k! B and I ran it with our friend Dave, but we didn’t run it for time. We actually ran it as part of a 12 mile long run – we did 9 miles and finished with the 5k. The long run itself was somewhat painful (it was my first outdoor run in forever and the roads were snowy/icy) but finishing with the race definitely helped. And I’m surprised that our times for the race weren’t worse!
  • I got in 2 long runs outdoors – the above 12 miler and a 9 miler.
  • I tried out my new Yaktrax- and enjoyed them! I was in Toledo for work one day a few weeks ago and really wanted to get in a run outside, but the path near where I was had not been cleared and had a fresh path of snow over some patches of ice. I tried the Yaktrax and only nearly slipped like once in a four mile run. I definitely was slower on my feet with them on, but it was SO great to be outside!

Some of the not-so-good:

  • So much indoor running. I think I ran outdoors like 4 times this month, if that. It was cold, then super snowy, then cold, then icy, etc. You get the idea. AND while I’m excited for reaching a new treadmill record, I think it’s hurting my ability to actually run. My last few outdoor runs have been harder than they should be, which makes me nervous for this weekend’s half marathon. I only did 2 long runs outside in all of February.
  • I some how forgot that I need new shoes! I’ve been running on my Nike Air Pegasus for probably 650 mi or so (maybe more, yipes!), and I’m overdue for a new pair. I want to get something fun and a new color though  -what should I get? I like a cushion shoe to go with my supporting orthotics.
  • I skimped out on some of my training. Last week I was away for 4 days, including the weekend, which meant traveling, cold weather, and many more excuses. Yes, I got in a run each day (so I won’t beat myself up over it too much) but not the 7 miler or 14 miler I had planned.
Photo from Toledo! Looks pretty, but you can see (I think) the snow/ice on the ground.

Photo from Toledo! Looks pretty, but you can see (I think) the snow/ice on the ground.

Some questions for you:

  • What shoes do you wear running? Any recommendations for a good cushiony shoe? I used to be a Brooks girl but have switched to Nike Air Pegasus or Saucony Rides. I can’t determine how I feel about any of the new Pegasus or Ride colors (see the picture below_ and I want something new and fun!
  • How do you keep track of your runs?  I use a combination of dailymile, nike+ and a spreadsheet on my desktop. I can never seem to keep dailymile and nike+ updated, so I just make sure my spreadsheet is accurate.
  • What races do you have coming up? Are you training for anything? The Chicago Get Lucky Half is next weekend! After that, I hope to continue long runs and find my next race. 

sneakers

And I leave you with something that I saw on Twitter:

Imagine a life if EVERYBODY ran … what would be different?

mizuno image if everybody ran

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5 thoughts on “February Running Update – Another Month of Inside Miles

  1. What shoes do you wear running? Any recommendations for a good cushiony shoe?
    I always think “this is the time I get a new shoe” when I go into the running store and every time, it’s the same, Asics! I don’t ever really see my other runner buddies with them but they work great for me so I’m not complaining – they must cater to the incredibly high-arched with plantar fasciitis crowd. Obviously.

    How do you keep track of your runs?
    Runkeeper – it’s the app I use when I’m running outside so I do my best to log the indoor miles there too. I also use it to track cross-training time. Like you though, I have a spreadsheet that serves as my holy training tracking grail.
    .
    What races do you have coming up? Are you training for anything?
    My first race of this season is this Satruday, the St. Malachi – it’ll be my first time running the 5-mile variation. I couldn’t be more nervous – just hoping it warms up a bit!

    • Ha, I love your tracking tools. I track so many ways and sometimes laugh at myself when i open my excel document and enter my miles. Seems so old fashioned — yet silly at the same time.

      Good luck this weekend at Malachi! Stay warm, dry and enjoy the hills 🙂 (and the after party!)

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