February Roundup

As I did of January, and will do each month this year, I’m going to quickly recap my running in February.  I do this to keep myself accountable, and to be able to quickly see my running stats, all in one place.  I do keep my training log and phone tracker up to date, each day, but it’s nice to see it all one one convenient place.

I finished out my February running with 4.5 miles on the treadmill this afternoon. It has been snowing here since early this morning, and isn’t supposed to stop until late tomorrow afternoon.  My total mileage for February is 55 miles.  This is quite a bit lower than I would have wanted, and is definitely lower than the 92 miles I need to average each month to reach my goal of 1100 miles for 2015.

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With the 55 miles I ran in February, I am now at 145 miles for the year.  To reach my goal of 1100 miles this year, I will now have to average 95 miles for the remaining 10 months of the year.  With spring right around the corner, I know my runs will be more easily accomplished with extended daylight.  With racing season right around the corner, I know my long runs will become longer, to help me prepare for my half marathons coming up.

February was not a great month, as far as mileage, and I attribute at least a portion of that to the bronchitis I and for about 2 weeks.  I did volunteer at my first race, on February 1, the Kickoff 5k, before the Super Bowl, with my good friend Amy.  I ran with the KCRC Groupies 3 times.  The weather was responsible for canceling a few Groupie runs, and I missed one or two because of my bronchitis.  I was able to run with Mom and Shay once, when James and I went home for a weekend visit.  Photo Feb 02, 10 57 52 AM

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I did not have any races in February.  My longest run was 5.5 miles, on February 17, on the treadmill. My highest mileage week was the week of February 2-8, with 25 miles.  I have continued to go to yoga class once a week, though I missed 2 classes due to my bronchitis.  My pace is continuing to get better as each week’s runs are completed.

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Saw this fun “What’s your runner name”? quiz chart the other day, and apparently my runner name is Runna MoZapatos.  It’s okay though, you can call me Mo Runna for short.  😉11036205_783345398401922_6601218941890487810_n

I’m ready for the time change in a week, and I’m ready for spring and warmer temperatures.  I’m excited to get my long runs to about 10 miles, which I’m hoping to accomplish in March.  How did you do on your February running and fitness goals?  What’s your “Runner name?”

Thursday Thoughts: February 26

Last weekend, James and I drove home to visit family for the weekend.  We had to drive through sleet and rain for about an hour, then it was clear roads all the way home! Mom and I were able to get out Saturday late morning for a run with Shay.  The weather was gorgeous for February, and we had a great run, just like old times.  Shay wasn’t having anything to do with the picture before our run, she wanted to run and chase squirrels!  After our run, we got pedicures at the beauty school, which felt amazing, and now I have pretty pink toes for spring, if spring ever decides to arrive.  I do love my Shay; I miss being able to run with her and Mom on a daily basis.

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One of the most exciting parts of the weekend was getting to meet this handsome little fellow, Gordon.  Mom and Dad adopted him a couple months go, and he’s been ornery and playful and adorable.  He’s about 9 or 10 months old, and he is so playful!

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I was also coerced into buying girl scout cookies by the cutest and most persuasive girl scout I know.  I bought cookies on Saturday, and they are gone already.  Crazy how addictive and yummy those things are.

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We visited Grandma and Granddad, and Grandma shared her chocolates from Valentine’s Day with us.  She go the biggest box of chocolates ever.  Notice how she is eating them from the bottom right hand corner up to work her way through the box.

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I found this gem of a photo while looking through old pictures with Ava over the weekend.  Talk about a zumba #throwback!  I rocked that front row back in the day.  Miss my zumba days with Michelle, Mom, Maja, and the gang.


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We came home Sunday afternoon, and though we missed watching the Oscars on Sunday, we watched them Monday night.  For the first year in many, James and I didn’t bet who would win each category.  I’m pretty sure I’ve won the last 5 years, at least!  Jasper was happy to have us home, I like to think he missed us while we were gone.  I know I missed him.

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After a not-so-great run on Monday, I missed running Tuesday due to a Dentist appointment.  I was able to make it to the Groupie run tonight, and test-ran in some Adidas Ultra Boost shoes.  They are cushy and responsive, I liked them quite a bit. The wind sure was cold on the run tonight though, I’m glad we ran into the wind the first half, so I had a tail wind on the way back.

It’s supposed to snow 3-6 inches this weekend, we’ll see if it actually does.  House of Cards is released tomorrow, and I’m sure James and I will be watching most, if not all, of the episodes within a few days.  If it snows, it’ll be a great opportunity to binge watch them.  We are still working our way through Sherlock too, we are ready for Season 3.  It’s been a great show to watch, we are in love with the show and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman‘s performances.

Have a great weekend, and if it snows, be safe!  Best of luck to my sister who’s running the Little Rock Half Marathon this weekend!

A Run Does Not

Today, by all rights, I had a pretty crappy run.  I’m still getting over my cough, it’s been lingering for a week.  I had WAY too much sugar and not enough water this past weekend.  The cold weather cut right through me, and went straight to my lungs.  Not every run is a good run, it’s just a fact.

In my yoga classes lately, my instructor has taught us about the ego mind and the buddhi mind.  The ego mind tells me that “this run sucked… and I’m bad because I couldn’t run well tonight.”  The buddhi mind, however, tells me “I ran, and it was.”  The buddhi mind does not judge, it is the ego mind that reacts and puts judgment on the sensations.  You can read more about the ego mind and buddhi mind, and the other two minds, the manas and chitta, here.  It’s all very interesting, and I think it’s very true.  My mom and I have talked a lot about this too, though we didn’t call it buddhi mind and ego mind, we have talked about the importance of “being and accepting” instead of judging.

So during my run this evening, when I realized I was having a “bad” run, I tried really hard to push those feelings of “bad” down, and just BE IN THE RUN.  This journey to “be”  will not be a short one, the ego mind is a strong one, but I think that acknowledging it is definitely a step in the right direction.  I think my weekly yoga classes are helping my running, in more ways than I thought they could.  I am strengthening my body, my muscles, my joints, and most of all, my mind.  This is not just true for yoga and running, I believe the journey to recognize things as they are, and not placing judgments is going to be a lifelong journey, and one I am excited to undergo.

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A run, or any thing in life, does not have to be perfect to be beautiful.