It's that time of the month again (not that time of the month...eew... like I would declare that for the whole world wide web (WWWW?) to read....) my month in review.
February in Review
Total Miles: 124 which is up from 81.5 last month (compared to 54.37 in 2009). This is my 3rd highest mileage month of all time.
Time spent: 19:17:08. I ran almost a full 8 hours more this month than last, and we were even cheated with only 28 days this month. Heck ya. (Last month was 11:25:01.)
Total Runs: 16 for an average of 7.75/run. (whoa! that seems like a lot!) (Last month was 5.82/run).
Highest weekly mileage: 2/22/2010 — 2/28/2010: 35.0 Mi 5:30:49 (11 miles farther than January)
Favorite run: My tempo run where all was right with the world, the birds were chirping (I'd imagine, I was inside), the heavens were singing, there was a beam of light from above as I frolicked along on the treadmill effortlessly at neckbreaking speeds (ok not quite, but go with it).
Most hardcore run: I'd have to say my longest run to date of 16 miles was pretty hardcore. Not only was it the farthest I've gone, but it was done with 3-4 miles of loose snow and roughly 1-2 cumulative miles of ice, and I *still* managed to have a faster pace than last weeks 14 miler. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Favorite Race: The Knights Classic Sprint (ha, just made that up) aka the footrace where I raced Nick for the length of the basketball court and *almost* beat him.
I'm contemplating doing a major switcheroo with my schedule this week. I may be working a 12 hour shift on Thursday so I can leave work on Friday at noon to do my 18 miler. This would free up my weekend (other than an easy 5 miler that would need to get done) for going out of town for fun shenanigans. Could be worth it. Or perhaps I would fall asleep at the wheel after running that far.... we'll see.
Monday afternoon I was itching to get out of work. SUNSHINE. It was a'beamin' into my office window and my body was craving some of its awesomeness. I rushed out of work towards home, and even toyed with the idea of digging out my capri pants for the run. News flash Jeri: 30 degrees is still below freezing. Also, you're dumb.
Luckily, I opted to wear pants (as opposed to capris, not like running around without pants was an option...ya) but failed to grab a headband for my ears. They were a little on the bright-red-and-burning-with cold-side by the time I got home.
I headed out for 6 easy miles and was so excited to see so many people out enjoying the beautiful weather! Within a 1/2 mile of my doorstep I saw my buddy Todd running, a mile and a half in I saw a girl I went to Bible camp with as a grade schooler and have still kept in touch with. YAY for seeing people while running. And the best part of the run was when I randomly followed a running duo around a loop around the park vs. through the bike trails per usual. This loop was the exact same distance as the trail is and got me to the portion of the trail that wasn't covered in snow and ice! Remember the hellacious loose snow for the first two and last two miles of my 16 miler? Yeah, totally avoided. WIN!
I had thought I was running easy, but apparently I was running a smidge faster than that. Luckily there were still some random patches of ice/huge puddles I had to go around/mud to trudge through to slow me down in some areas.
I did 6 miles in 56:44 for a pace of 9:28 and made it home while the sun was still on the horizon.