February Training (284 Miles)

Feb training:

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

Races:
Pregame 4 milers (24:47)
The Flower Show 5k (18:13)

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
Workouts: 6

I even won flowers

Thoughts:
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!

flower show cannon

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.  

super bowl 4 miler

March goals:
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:

Personal: 
Blogging about Blogging
Loving Yourself

Running: 
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?