The February Run Down

February flew by! It’s hard to believe it’s March, and spring is just around the corner.  The first two months of 2016 have definitely not been the most normal for me, in terms of running.  In December, I set out with a goal to run 1100 miles this year, as well as a handful of other goals.  With a low mileage month in January, as well as a low mileage month in February, I’ve rethought a lot of my goals, and I will write more about that on Thursday.

February started out with a doctor’s appointment, and I was told that my knee is structurally ok, and I’ve been seeing the chiropractor pretty regularly to work on strengthening muscles that aren’t activating and working on getting stronger to be able to build up my mileage.  Because I couldn’t run as much the first two months of the year, I’ve been cycling a lot, and I’ve really been enjoying it.

I had a race in February, my first of the year.  Amy and I ran the Kickoff 5k, which was a 5k around Arrowhead Stadium, on Super Bowl Sunday.  We volunteered this race last year, so it was a fun experience to both volunteer and run it. My race recap is here.

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I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies 5 times in February, including a fun Leap Day run in Martin City.  Michelle even came to one of the Groupie runs, which was a ton of fun!  There were so many nice evenings for runs in February; it was even 75 degrees one day!

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Mom and Dad came to town for a weekend, and we all went to a cycle class on Saturday, which was tons of fun! Mom and I ran then on Sunday, and Dad biked along with us, which was great! We saw some deer and a pretty woodpecker and enjoyed the perfect February weather.

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I even got Amy to come to one of my cycling classes, and then when we tried to run after, I tripped off the sidewalk and skinned my elbow pretty bad.  I’m really graceful like that.

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All in all, February was a good month as far as being active.  I wish I could have run more, but with cycling and running, I think I did pretty good!  I took lots of classes, ran pretty consistently, though each run was shorter than I would have preferred.  Looking forward to March, I have only one race, the Whiskey Run 5k.  Like I said earlier, I’m going to write about my goals and my thoughts about those goals, on Thursday.  How did your February go? Did you workout or rest on your extra day?

February Run-Down:
Running: 18 runs totaling 56 miles.
Cycling: 10 cycling classes, totaling 9 hours of cycling, 117.5 miles.
Longest Run: 5 miles, Feb. 14.
Races: Kickoff 5k.

2015 Running Roundup

December is over today.  This YEAR is over today.  This is hard to believe.  Time to recap December, and the whole year, in running!  You can catch up on the rest of 2015 here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.  I set out in 2015 with a few goals related to running.  The first goal, that was updated in May, was to run 950 miles in 2015.  With tonight’s run, I will have 71 miles for December, and I will surpass my goal for 950 miles and end with 965 miles for 2015!

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My other running goals included PRing my 5k and 10k times, with under 30 minutes for the 5k, and under 62 minutes for the 10k, and running a half marathon with minimal walking.  I reached my 5k goal, and ran a PR of 29:29 at the Wild West 5k.  I missed my 10k goal by 1 minute, and ran 1:03:00 at the Plaza 10k, but I did finish the race hand in hand with my best friend Amy, which was a perfect way to PR the 10k!  During the KC Half Marathon, I ran over 10 miles before walking, and my body felt great, but I was dizzy, so I had to walk.  I ended up PRing my half marathon time by over 10 minutes, and only walked a little bit during mile 11.  I was very happy with all three of these races, and many other races (and PRs) in 2015 as well.

Overall, I’m extremely pleased at how my 2015 running year went.  I gained a lot of endurance, speed, and confidence in my running.  Though I had some setbacks with knee and hamstring pain, I am stronger, mentally and physically, than I’ve ever been going into 2016!

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I saw a fun little year end running questionnaire on a friends blog, and thought it would be a fun and different way to recap the year in running! I’d love for you to share your answers in the comments!

Best 2015 race experience – KC Half Marathon – I love this race, and I had a great race, a huge PR, and during the race, I decided to tackle the full marathon distance in 2016!

Best 2015 run – I had so many “best” runs… runs with Mom and Shay in Hays, runs with the Groupies, runs with my best friend Amy, runs in Milwaukee with my sister… so many memorable runs.  Some runs were great because the run was great, some were great because of the company  – one thing I know for sure, none of the runs in 2015 were regretted!

Best new piece of running gear in 2015 – Hoka Clifton shoes! I tried out Hokas about halfway through 2015, and haven’t looked back! I wear my Hokas almost exclusively, and I wear my Altras here and there also.

Best running advice you’ve received in 2015 – “I can do hard things.”

Most inspirational runner in 2015 – My sister, Kristen. She’s so strong and always pushes me to go harder, longer, faster, and stronger than I ever thought.  She runs for her cousin Martilee, who has Rett Syndrome, and is raising awareness and money to help fight Rett Syndrome.  She has focus, positivity, and consistency that I strive for every day.

Favorite race picture of 2015 – This picture was taken at the Plaza 10k, about a half mile after I caught up to Amy, with about 2.5 miles left in the race.  I stayed right behind her, and about .15 from the finish line, I popped up beside her and we ran in together, and crossed the finish line hand in hand!

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Race experience from 2015 you would repeat in a heartbeat – Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k – HUGE fun party from start to finish!  The racecation was lots of fun, but unfortunately the half marathon weather was awful! The 5k though, definitely a fantastic experience!

Sum up 2015 in a couple of words – More than expected!

Here’s to a great 2016!