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.

Thursday Truth

Monday, I was not in the mood to cycle.  I went anyway, and I had an amazing class.  Tuesday, I woke up with a headache, and couldn’t run early in the morning before it got hot.  I had to run after work, and it was 95 degrees.  I didn’t necessarily have a great run, but I was proud of myself for doing it anyway.

It’s so true, sometimes the best runs (or bike rides, or ANYTHING in life) happen when you don’t feel like going.

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Tell me about a time when you didn’t want to run or workout and it ended up being amazing!

What I See

Yesterday morning at 6:46am, I took the picture below.  I had just biked 20 miles and I was blissfully happy.  I did NOT want to get up when my alarm went off, but I did.  I did not want to go out in the cold to go to the gym, but I did.  Once I got there, I didn’t even really want to cycle, but I did.  The picture below makes me extremely happy, and I will share with you why that is.

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Past Renee would have snoozed and not gone to cycle class.  Past Renee would have made another excuse, and would have been upset all day for not going to class like planned.  Previous Renee may have taken it easy during class, because “at least I went at all.”

I look at the picture above and I see a different Renee than last month, than last year, than 5 years ago.  I look at the photo above and I am proud and I feel strong.  I am proud of myself for the changes I have made.  I am proud of myself for the changes yet to come.  I took the picture because I wanted to remember the joy I felt in cycling class, not just because of the class (which was great by the way), but because of the person I was during class, and how proud I am that I have become that person.

I see strength in the photo above.  Not only physically, the strength in my shoulders and legs, but I see strength, in my eyes and on my smile.  I may have started cycling to supplement cardio while I couldn’t run, but I’ve fallen in love with my time on the bike, with the atmosphere, and with the strength and happiness I feel when I am in the saddle. Looking at this photo makes me feel empowered.

I wanted to share my thoughts with you, not because I wanted to brag about myself, but because I know many other people are in the same boat and can relate.  Know that you can go the extra mile, and that you are strong and beautiful and capable.  And so I can look at this when my knee hurts, and feel the strength I had yesterday morning, and see the happiness I have, and to remind myself I am capable and strong and brave and can do anything I put my mind to.

I would love for you to share a photo where you feel strong, empowered, and truly happy.