February. In terms of fitness, not awful at all. In terms of stress, yes very much. But I’m working hard and have made it to the halfway point of the semester. Also: 10 months to birthday marathon.
I haven’t been very diligent in taking photos for the blog, so I though I would share a couple from my first/only 26.2. First photo is 7 miles in and loving life. Second is 21.5 miles in and questioning the decisions that brought me to that moment. Also chanting to myself “never again. never again. never again.” Oops. I guess I’m doing this again.
Distance: 121.75 miles
Longest run: 12 miles (x2)
Very, very happy with the increases I’ve managed since January. The month was 3 days shorter, but I still managed to squeeze in 4 more runs than I did in January. Distance saw even greater improvement. In January I ran just over 75 miles. I increased that by 62% (an additional 46 miles!!) in February. I normally would not advise such a drastic increase in mileage, but I am not starting from scratch. My February mileage is on par with my monthly average from 2016.
Apart from two fast finish long runs, this has been all easy miles. I’ve had some difficult days, but overall runs are feeling easier. I’m doing my best to stay patient and trust the benefits of easy mileage. Which is fairly easy for me to do since I ran my half marathon PR on almost exclusively easy miles–just a much higher volume since it was during marathon training.
Yoga Classes: 6 [3 regular, 3 hot]
I skipped one regular class by choice, but I guess that is to be expect when you actually love running. I also missed this week’s hot yoga class because my studio is closed for spring break (I ran last night instead! Yay running!).
I want to keep my long runs at 12 miles, which will give me a total of five 12 mile runs before my half marathon. I will probably throw a few fast miles at the end of those long runs. I plan to add some miles to my midweek runs and I’ll be aiming for 150 miles for the month.
The real highlight of the month will be a half marathon on March 26. With each week of training, I am feeling more and more confident about this race. Goals for the race are starting to emerge, but I still need another few weeks to solidify my plan.