I concluded my training in February with an easy 10-miler in the rain. It was a cold, wet, and windy run, as I nearly bagged it at mile 8. Now that I think about it – it’s probably not the best idea to loop around my house because I may be ready to quit any minute and just walk home. I don’t find running in the cold rain particularly enjoyable – but I digress because I naturally complain a lot. I’d like to point out this is the most miles I’ve ever run in
a February, ever. So I’m rather excited to share this with you. Below is a comparison of the past two months of running:
|January 2012||February 2012|
|Distance||129.39 mi||188.48 mi|
|Avg Distance||9.95 mi||9.92 mi|
|Total Time||20h 38m 33s||28m 04s 13s|
|Avg Pace||9m 34s per mile||8m 56s per mile|
Albeit (I need to stop using this word in an attempt to fake sophistication) being the shorter month of the two, this past February allowed me to get in more runs than I did in January – almost an extra week’s worth. This was possible simply because I wasn’t injured nor recovering from previous injuries.
In track workouts, my interval intensity increased significantly in both speed and reps. I’ve been making progress in performance since my return after the injury last year. The data nicely reflects this as my average pace improved by almost a minute!
From my training log, the two most memorable runs in February are the following:
Although I didn’t make my monthly mileage goal of 240~250 miles, I am still glad that I’ve logged more miles than last February (a whopping nada logged) – or any February to date, in fact. Looking forward, this monthly deficit of mileage shouldn’t be too problematic as I’ll be sure to log more than 250 miles monthly in Q2 and Q3 of 2012. Besides, I am unable to keep the mileage that high in my current training state, as I am zeroing in on NYC Half in about 2 weeks. On the whole, I may not be exactly where I want to be, in terms of performance – but I am feeling strong, confident, and, most importantly, happy about running.
Enough about me for now. How was your running in February? Did you try anything new or different? What are you looking forward to in the upcoming month? Please share in the comment section below.