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. 


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

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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