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 Thoughts: March 5

Thursday already!  First things first, I want to congratulate my little sister, Kristen, she PR’d by 9 minutes at the Little Rock Half Marathon last weekend!!  She is super speedy, I’m amazed and inspired by her every day!  Congrats speedy sisser!

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I totaled up my February running totals and wrote a little post about it.  I like being able to quickly look back on each months and see my progress and also to see where I need to improve.  Also last week, James and I went to the Frontier Justice shooting range.  You can read about that here.

The weather has been mild and sunny, then cold and rainy, and back to sunny and cold.  I’m so ready for spring! I can’t wait until the time changes this weekend.  I wish I didn’t lose an hour of sleep (I do love my sleep), but I am looking forward to being able to run after work and it still be light out!

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Last weekend I tried out Energy Bits for my long run.  My long run didn’t end up being too long… I ran on the treadmill, and just couldn’t push myself past 6 miles on Sunday.  I am not sure what to think of Energy Bits yet.  I will write a review once I try the remainder of my samples, but I’m not convinced yet.  I’d love to know if you have tried Energy Bits, and what you think of them! I have about 45 bits left to try out.

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Momma sent me this the other day, and I love it! I came up with my mantra “With Brave Wings She Runs” from this phrase, “With Brave Wings She Flies,” read my story about “My Brave Wings” here.  Thanks Mom!

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Tuesday night, I went to my third KCRC speed night.  I like to go to the Groupies runs on Thursdays, and will try to add one or two speed nights per month, on Tuesdays, with the Groupies.  Amy and I tackled some hills, and I can tell you, even today, my butt and shins are a bit sore.  Add that to my sore shoulders from yoga, and I’m a mess! It’s a good sore though, progress! 

I’m really excited to go to the KCRC Groupies Martin City run with Amy tonight! It will be a special group run in Martin City, MO, followed by pizza and beer at Martin City Brewing Co., sponsored by Nathan Sports!

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Are you ready for the time change this Sunday?

Have you tried Energy Bits? If so, how did you like them?