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.


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.

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?”