February was a huge surprise month for me. As I said in my January log, my goal was to “make it through” February. I had come off of a half marathon and 5k PR. February winter races are hard to find, plus you never know what will happen weather-wise, in February. It made sense to train through the month and not look for any PRs.
Total miles: 284
Fastest mile: 5:52
Range of paces: 5:52-10:15-untimed
Shortest run: 2.5-mile warmup
Longest run: 14 miles with friend Julie
Rest days: 6
This month went far better than I could have imagined. February is the off season for most people; myself included. I wasn’t expecting to PR at the Flower Show 5k. I didn’t taper for either race and I met my expectations in both. I will say I missed racing as much as usual!
My mileage is lower than anticipated, however, I got sick and took two extra rest days. I skipped a workout; my mileage took a hit, and I didn’t leave my house for a few days. I don’t workout or run well when sick so there wasn’t a point. I know it was smart and once I get back into my routine, I won’t miss the miles.
Fitness is a collection of workouts, weeks, months and years. A few days won’t make or break your fitness.
I’m going to continue training as I have been. I’m running the Shamrock half marathon in VA Beach at the end of the month. It will be my fifth year running, and I’ve always had a good time running.
I consider March and April to be important months for training and racing. I’ve been consistently training well and even untapered last month I raced well. I have several races coming up in the next two months varying from 5k to 13.1 that I’m hoping to earn new PRs.
Posts from February:
Saucony Kinvara 6 Review
How Social Media Skewed My Thoughts of Running Fast
Five Years Worth of Injuries
How to be a Better Runner
Runners Can Never Have Enough of…
How I Dropped 2 minutes in the 5k
**Edit to add: My apologies if you read through email. My blog posts didn’t save this morning and I actually only took 6 rest days and ran 284 miles. Not that it really matters!
Questions for you:
Do you have any big races coming up?
How was your month of February?