February flew right by, didn’t it? I guess I feel that way about every month lately. They say the older you get the faster the time goes. I guess that’s appropriate since as of a week ago I’m now 1 year closer to 30. AH!! In the past February has always seemed to be quite a busy month, but this year it seemed exceptionally packed. Exceptionally, and emotionally… packed.
miles: 170 *up from 169 last February (whew, barely!) *up from 127.6 in January
races run: 1. Santa Stampede 5 mile – PR – 36:58 (7:23 pace)
I felt REALLY good and very in control during the 5 miler. Yahyahyah. It’s not that impressive, but considering this happened with very little speed work I’m pretty happy with it.
I was registered for both distances and wasn’t counting on a PR, but walking away with some quality miles and a 20 mile day (with w/u & c/d) was really all I wanted. PR’ing the 5 mile was just an unexpected bonus.
The 10 mile went OKAY. After the first 2 miles I decided to just enjoy it. At the turn around at mile 5 I was MORE than happy with the decision of taking it easy when we were hit with a pretty solid headwind for the way back. That could have been frustrating! I ended up running the 10 mile in 1:26:01 for an average pace of 8:36.
It was a really fun morning catching up, running with and seeing so many friends and Runners Roost teammates!
added to the playlist: Not a new song by any means, but I’m really enjoying “Sick Muse” by Metric.
favorite workout: I didn’t really have a favorite workout. If anything I had some memorable runs. The one that stands out the most to me is on the evening I found out that my Uncle Wendell had lost his battle to cancer. I received the telephone call from my mother. I choked a little, said I was sorry and that I would have to call her back. I sat there kind of stunned. I’ve been pretty fortunate that I haven’t had to deal with much death in my life. Without thinking I found myself getting dressed and headed out the door for a run. I just wanted to be alone with my thoughts and my last memories of him. My memories of visiting him and my Aunt Sandy twice in Eugene this past summer. How he sat in his recliner with Oliver in his lap, recalling his knife making days, talking about his brother (my Great Grandpa Jim – who passed when I was very young. ) and of my Great Grandma Faye (who passed a few years later) and her love for owls. I replayed his voice and our conversations over and over in my head trying to grab on and hold on to anything I could. I was running towards the setting sun which had painted the sky with mint green and lavender colors. I thanked my Uncle Wendell for making that evening so beautiful. By the landmarks I could tell I was about a mile out when the tears finally started rolling down my cheeks. I made my way out to a bridge where the Yampa River runs under and just stood there for a while. I watched the sun as it continued to set and the water flow past. On my way back I kept looking behind me trying to get any last glance I could at the sunset. It was as though the sunset was like a final goodbye in itself.
RIP Uncle Wendell. You are so loved.
On a lighter note, this month I was also able to attend my first Runner’s Roost run club in quite sometime! It was good to see old faces and many new ones. We went for a night run in the Bluffs. Ben twisted my arm (okay, all he really did was ask) and I opted to join the longer route group. I was glad I did. I felt stronger running the bluffs than I ever had times prior before moving to Steamboat. We ran in the dark and the view of the entire city being lit up was just absolutely breathtaking. I might not live in the mountains anymore, but in Denver you will find the most breathtaking views in unexpected places.
Miles: More miles with purpose and direction… I think it’s pretty fair and safe to say I ran more miles and had a bit more direction compared to January. I could still use more focus in my running though.
Races: I’m actually signed up for a short road race and selected the “double” option to run 2 back to back races with an hour in between. Based off my January running I know a PR in either is out of the cards, but am looking for a solid workout effort and a 20 mile day – so that’s pretty cool. Done and despite what I said still managed to grab 1 PR.
Workouts: Get back to sub 7 minute mile repeats. I don’t even think I gave mile repeats a chance in February.
miles: A few weeks ago I was pondering the thought that this year it would be fun to just try and surpass my mileage of the same month from the previous year. That being said, I would have to break 270 miles this month. Which is currently my highest mileage month, EVER. I’m going to put in an honest effort to try and break that. We’ll see what happens.
races: I have one short race on the schedule and possibly another trail race depending on if 1) It hasn’t sold out. 2) I want to make the drive to run it. With SO MUCH driving between Steamboat and Denver I kind of just want to chill and run what’s close to home. Anyways, I think I have a decent shot at a good day and possibly a PR for the shorter race. I’ve only raced the distance one other time and that was back in October 2011.
Workouts: Speed work, yo. Start getting into the routine of adding in a *little extra* to supplement running.