2017: February Running

On February 1, I sprained my ankle during the last half mile of my 4 mile run. It got pretty bruised and swollen, and I took just about 10 days off running to let it heal. I did run a mile after 6 days, which initially felt great, but my ankle told me it was too early to be running and I took a few more days off.  I definitely did not run as much as I wanted to in February, but managed to get in 53 miles for the month.  I ran 55 miles in January, you can read all about it here.

After spraining my ankle and not running for a bit, Mom and Dad came down for the 2nd weekend of the month, and we got in a run while Dad biked along; it was the first real run I had since hurting my ankle.

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We had some crazy unseasonably warm weather in February, and Chris and had a couple walks/hikes by the lake.  We found this great trail at Shawnee Mission Park that we want to hike, and maybe eventually run – it’s about 3 miles out, and then it ends, so we’d get a 6 mile hike or run out of it.

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As far as running goes, I had several good runs, despite my ankle sprain.  Towards the end of the month, my runs have definitely been feeling stronger.  I ran with Chris several times, with KCRC, friends, and Mom and Dad once too… nice variety of running company in February.

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I went to a couple cycle classes in February, and I’ve missed them! I need to get back to cycle more often.  Chris went with me, and enjoyed it as well.  We may have a new most-Monday nights tradition!

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Looking forward to March, I hope to continue rehabbing my ankle and put in some good quality training runs for the Rock the Parkway half marathon, which is my next race, coming up on April 8.

February stats:
Running: 15 runs, totaling 53 miles.
Cycling: 2 cycle classes, totaling 19 miles.
Longest Run: 6 miles, twice, February 19 and February 26.
Races: None.

MM: February 27

I can’t believe February is just about over. Where is this year going, already!?  I was pretty terrible at taking pictures once again last week, but I do have a few to share.  Chris and I have been busy wedding planning, and lots of things have been coming together! Our wedding website is here: theknot.com/us/finallystefani!

Wednesday was National Margarita Day, apparently, so Chris and I had to partake. Mmm.

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About the only other pictures I have are from last week are from the weekend.  Chris’ band had a show Saturday night in Warrensburg, MO.  We cycled in the morning, got lots of errands done during the day, and then drove out to Warrensburg Saturday evening for the show.

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It was a great show, and we stayed to watch the band after Chris’ band, and they were really good as well! It was a fun evening, but made for a pretty late night. We actually got home so late that I texted Kristen, who was in Florida, just waking up (very early) to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon, before I went to bed!

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Sunday, after sleeping in, Chris and I went out for our long run. It was a bit cooler than I expected, and my shirt could have used some sleeves!  My ankle and foot is still bothering me a bit from when I sprained it at the beginning of the month, but for the most part it’s holding up.

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I really don’t have much else to share. Happy March, this week!

MM: February 20

The weather last week was beyond great for February! Last Monday was the chilliest day, and it wasn’t even that cold, but we made chili and had Michelle over for chili and cinnamon rolls.

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Chris surprised me on Tuesday, on Valentine’s Day, with this gorgeous bouquet and bear.  We had talked about not really doing anything and having a low key Valentine’s Day, but he’s just too sweet.

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Saturday morning, Amy and I ran and then had lunch and went to the mall.  Saturday was such a pretty day.

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Later on Saturday afternoon, Chris and I went to Shawnee Mission Park and found this beautiful little hiking trail. We walked about a mile, but definitely want to do the total 6 miles soon, it was so pretty.

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Sunday morning, Chris and I ran 6 miles on the trails, then had some great breakfast, and later got some Dr. Pepper slurpees on the way to Chris’ band practice.  The weekend weather was just phenomenal, I can’t wait for spring!

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The best news of the weekend is that Kristen and Thayne announced they are having a baby!! I’m going to be an aunt!

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Have a great week! Enjoy the spring-like weather!!