Now that February has come and gone, it’s time to take a look back at the month and check in on New Year’s Goals.
As I explained in January’s monthly recap, I am still focusing on long term goals, which means that I have been unable to really start working on any of my short term goals yet.
-I haven’t trained for the half I have coming up in 2 weeks (which had originally been the plan at the start of the year). At this point it looks like I won’t be running it, pending any small miracles. If I do run, it will just be for fun and maybe to see where my fitness is right now since I haven’t been running for time lately
-I’ve been running less miles, zero races….again, it’s all about the long term goals.
-Still working on getting stronger and healthier. I had a gait analysis and started physical therapy.
-I’ve continued planking but haven’t kept track of it. Not sure if I would even say I am planking 5 days a week…maybe more like 4?
-I forgot about this one until reviewing my goals. I’m listening to “Born To Run” as an audiobook, and I read “Build Your Running Body” on our flights to and from Arkansas.
-Still not signed up for a marathon, and will need alot of work to get back to a place where I am ready to do so.
-There’s been alot more variety lately with ClassPass…I’ve done pilates, yoga, barre, a total body workout, and a spin class.
February 2015 Stats and Highlights
Total Miles: 76…my lowest in a long, long time
Best Run: Any time I got to run outside was pretty exciting, but my favorite runs were on the Arkansas trails!
Favorite Non-Running Activity: I really enjoyed giving PureBarre a try. I made it to 3 classes this month (which is the most you can attend at one studio using ClassPass). Once I move I will be too far from the studio to continue going (even now its kind of a hike…) but I hope to keep up with barre using DVDs and online workouts.
Most Popular Blog Posts:
2. PRO Compression Giveaway And Discount Code
3. How Counting Miles Is Like Counting Calories (TOL 36)
4. A Whole30 Review From Two Perspectives (#WIAW)
5. Mostly The Same Meals + Snow Day Food (WIAW)
6. Nutrition For Runners: Paleo and Whole30 Tips
7. Meal Planning and Prep: The End of the Whole30
8. I’m So Over This Winter: Thinking Out Loud #39
9. Life Updates Thinking Out Loud Style
10. Adventures in Physical Therapy Week 2: Hip Exercises and Simple Running Drills
It seems like people were still interesting in reading about the Whole30 this month! Food posts always seem to get so much traffic which really surprises me since my pictures leave so much to be desired.
Biggest Accomplishment: Nothing really comes to mind. Maybe finally taking the steps to go back to PT?
Setbacks and struggles: Still working on dealing with ongoing hip/back/leg issues.
Things I’m looking forward to in March: Picking out things for our house and planning the big move! We go to closing on March 23rd:) Also, my niece is due on April 3rd but MAYBE she will come a little early?! I guess I can also say I am looking forward to my half-marathon but we will see if that actually happens. And PLEASE let it start to warm up this month!
What were some of the best parts of February for you?
What are you looking forward to in March?
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles says
I am just looking forward to the arrival of warmer weather. I am ignoring the forecast for today and the rest of the week – it has to end soon!
I know! This week is a terrible start to March. Hoping next week will be better!
Mary Beth Jackson says
keep focusing on those long term goals! I bet it will all come together for you! That class pass sounds like so much fun, I wish we had that were I live, you have got out and tried a lot of classes and that is great! Keep your eye on the prize!
Thanks! ClassPass was a great experience!
Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen says
Aw I’m so glad you liked the trails here so much! I love them, if we ever moved away, I would miss the trails so much. What you are doing now is so important and will play a huge role in helping you accomplish your goals! I’m really impressed with how positive you have remained, even though I’m sure it is difficult.
It was great to run there, I can’t wait to come back!
I have tried to stay positive but there have definitely been moments where I freak out a bit, they just don’t really make it to the blog:)
Great recap of the month! I think you’re in a really good place. And a larger break from running is probably a good thing! I bet your body will be ready to work hard once you are ready to commit to a plan again!
That’s what I am hoping!
Taca @ A Side Of Dessert says
I love that you’re doing a recap of the months! Especially when it comes to your fitness and blog goals. I’m looking forward to warmer weather this month! Please, oh please let it come 🙂
I really hope we get some warm weather soon! Enough of this snow, ice and cold!
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
I think that you are doing your running more good than you could ever imagine! Getting stronger and better suited to your goals so that you can attack them when the time comes!
That’s what I am hoping and trying to remind myself!
Meg Bollenback says
I agree w/ Suze above….think you’re doing what your body needs to recover and heal and that’s way more important. Barre and yoga (things I constantly say I’m going to do more of!) really do work wonders for back/hip issues…I’ve struggled w/ pain and a tremendous amount of tightness in those areas before and found that building core strength helps a ton.
I actually used to do yoga every week but my PT and I agreed I should stop for now because there are so many poses that can make my issues worse. It’s pretty sad because I love yoga! But I am willing to do anything to start seeing improvements.
Sam @ The Running Graduate says
In a way your body is probably thanking you for the break. You’ll get back to it better than ever! It’s so exciting that you get to close on your house soon! It’ll be awesome having a place that’s truly your own!
I’m looking forward to a week off of school, warmer weather, and my races to begin!
Lots of things to look forward to!!:)
I think you’re doing a great job with your goals so far, given where your body is at right now. It’s so smart to always remember the long term goal rather than try to squeeze in more miles each month or sign up for more spring races just to make sure you hit those numbers you wanted.
I have GOT to read Born To Run. Maybe I will once I get around to finishing the other 2 books I’m in the middle of. I miss all the spare time I had as a child to read!
Closing on your house is so exciting! What a great way to ring in spring 🙂
I’m excited to volunteer at a local 5/10k this month, & for my friend’s bachelorette party at the beach!
Sounds like you have alot of fun things coming up! You should definitely read born to run…I am listening to it since I never had time to read:)
Michele @ paleorunningmomma says
I agree about being surprised about food posts. I do them every week now since they are often the most popular and don’t require much effort, it’s very show and tell 🙂 You are so smart to focus on the long term, there is no need to make things worse of course and the short term goals can always wait.
It really is a nice break each week to do a food post that you don’t have to think about too much! Its always hard to see the end when you are working towards long term goals but I keep telling myself every day that this is what I have to do…
Better weather? I’m sure a lot of people are hoping March brings warmer temps. I have a conference to travel to this month but once that’s over, my mom visits in April 😀
Sounds like fun! And I am definitely hoping that warmer temps will be here soon.
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes says
Great attitude on focusing on long-term goals despite some setback! Even if you’re not running a lot right now you’re still working hard towards those goals! We have very similar goals for 2015 🙂
It kind of helps to do these monthly recaps so I can keep remembering what I am working for. It’s hard to think about the long term every day when I am barely even running!
Chelsea @ runner's table says
I think its great that you’ve focused so much on getting healthy this month!
The highlight of February for me was definitely getting a puppy. My husband and I have wanted a dog forever, but it wasn’t possible living in Germany and working in Southern Africa. Now I guess we need to stay put!
My birthday is in March, and I’m running a half a few days before it, so I’m looking forward to a beautiful race and cake! You must be so excited about your house. Good luck finding furnishings!
Congrats on getting a dog! And it sounds like you have a fun month ahead!
Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz says
How exciting your moving into a new house! I hope that the closing goes smoothly!
I am just excited to be closer to Spring! Also, hoping to get to become more active soon after seeing my dr. on the 19th!
Here’s to a great month! 🙂
Thanks! I hope you get good news at the doctor and can do some more activities!
Jessica Joy @The Fit Switch says
Way to stay on top of the goals. Hang in there with the running, it will work out and you’ll love running even more. My injury helped me have a lot of empathy for others’, so in a way, I am happy I went through it. NOT saying you need more empathy….lol….but I had never had a long injury before, and it was good for my mentality to understand how it felt. I FEEL YOU. Excited for your physical therapy. WOOT. And, I forgot about my reading goals too. I did well in January, but I need to pick it up! I have always wanted to read Born to Run, and audio sounds great! Did you buy it audio? Take care!
Thank you for being able to understand and relate! Unfortunately this isn’t my first long term injury and I am too familiar with that feeling of never expecting to get better. I keep having to remind myself that I have felt this way before and did eventually recover. I was able to do a free trial of audible and I think I bought Born to Run on amazon.
I’m kind of in the same boat: Feb was a very low mileage month for me and I instinctively want to feel guilty about that until I remind myself that my goals have changed and I’ve devoted so much to swimming. It also looks like my half in April will not happen. It kind of feels right not doing it. I think your long-term focus will pay off in spades.
It’s weird to learn to accept low mileage and taking a break from running, but like you I know its the best thing for me right now!
I’m looking forward to warmer weather! This week is going to be a real downer with the ice storm coming today. February was just a month of good workouts – first official month of training.
Congrats on the new house! How exciting!
Hope the time off helps your hip/leg issues – I know it’s not easy, but you’ll be able to come back stronger by taking it slow.
This week’s weather is awful- what a way to start off March! Congrats on a good month of workouts in Feb.!
Kelly @ The Fit Skool says
I hope your physical therapy is still going well.
I’m looking forward to march for some spring weather and also my 30th birthday!!!
30 is an exciting birthday!! And thanks, the PT is still going well but I am not making the improvements that my PT and I expected I would by now. Hoping to turn a corner soon!
Megan @ Meg Go Run says
I think taking the step to go to PT is a big accomplishment. I am glad I took the step to go to my chiro in Jan cause he was the one who recommended Ready to Run to me. And of course, reading that book has caused me to adopt some better habits that have clearly helped my running. I mean here I am sitting at my desk and my IT band doesn’t hurt. WTF!? 🙂 (Needless to say I didn’t spin this morning haha!)
I think when we are feeling frustrated its important to recognize little things like that! I am glad that I know more about whats going on…if I wasn’t addressing these issues now they would surely be haunting me each time I started training agin!
Megan @ Meg Go Run says
Yup. Face it head on. YOU GOT THIS!!! (my knee is hurting a little right now! progress is not a straight line!)
Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes says
Despite not hitting a lot of your goals I think you are on the right track. Your mindset is where it need to be, long term. I think a lot of people forget about the long term and just focus on the present and that is where a lot of people get in trouble! Hang in there!
Thanks, and I do know that but of course its hard to accept at times. It’s nice to be reaching mini-short term goals along the way and when thats not happening it can be frustrating. But I know Ill get there eventually!
You have great running goals – you are fast! Although I obviously didn’t like when I had to take a run break due to injury, I did enjoy trying other ways to stay active with no impact. Once I got back to running more, I stuck with many of the classes I had been enjoying such as spin, core/cardio, and using the elliptical machines and now I enjoy swimming. Silver lining right?! Have a wonderful month getting stronger and healthier!!
I am at a point where I am not really sure what activities could potentially be making things worse so I have basically stopped all exercise besides my PT. (and I do a little running on the alter-g there). Its so weird because I am always so active and love working out! But I keep telling myself this is short term and I will be back at it with a healthier body soon enough!
I am definitely wanting it to warm up! Winter has been so long. Sorry to hear that you have been unable to get your miles in like you would like. But you are still staying active by taking different classes. Always nice to switch things up a bit.
Taking some classes was definitely fun and a good way to change things up! I am hoping for warm weather soon too!
The best part of February for me was Disney and running in Disney. Those Arkansas trails sound awesome! I think once this crap winter moves on out of here everyone will be more on track. I got all the miles in that I was supposed to run last month, but I am feeling really unmotivated and slow and lazy otherwise. I need some warm weather STAT.
You will have a new house so soon and that is AWESOME!!!
I think everyone is just going to be SO happy when spring is finally here! Even 40 degrees (without any snow on the ground) would feel tropical right about now.
I think you need to give yourself more credit for the work you’ve been doing in PT. All of that is going to help you be a stronger and healthier runner, so you really are working on the long term goals of running more and faster races.
It sounds like you have lots to look forward to this month with the house and possibly a new family member! Very exciting!
Thanks! And yes, I am trying to remember that taking a break and doing all the PT definitely has its benefits:)
I honestly cannot believe February is over already. I feel like we were just watching the Superbowl and now it’s March!
I think my favorite part of March was just running another half marathon and otherwise taking my running easy and just enjoying it and resting up!
I think the past two months have gone pretty slow, but at the same time I feel like I can’t believe we are already into the 3rd month of the year! I hope you enjoy some easy running this month!
jill conyers says
My best part of February (and January too), hot yoga! I’m loving life on the mat. Not running can be so frustrating but you’re doing great with staying positive and focusing on what you ARE accomplishing.
Thanks! Glad you are finding so much enjoyment in the hot yoga!
Looking forward to warmer weather and some March Madness. Very exciting about your house! Do you have Pinterest boards already? 🙂
Yes! I have been spending SO much time on pinterest- its a bit overwhelming! i only made on board so far but I need to start separating it out a bit since i have so many pins already!