#GoTheDist February 2018 and Training week of 2.25

I wasn’t kidding when I said I didn’t think I’d hit 400K this month. It was looking like an impossibility and I only pulled it off on the last day of the month thanks to two insane days on Monday and Tuesday.

February

  • 405,707 steps
  • 177.6 miles run/walked
  • 50.54 miles run

Year to Date

  • 858,290 steps
  • 375.45 miles run/walked
  • 107.04 miles run

I was so happy to hit 100 solo miles last weekend. My knee is finally feeling better. Even though I’m almost twenty miles off the 780 pace, I’m not going to adjust it down yet. Spring will mean more time to run and not being injured will allow longer runs. I gave back some of January’s gains, but that’s also to be expected with a shorter month, so I’m not particularly worried. March has always been good to me.

the realization that my first 400K month was in reach

A year of 400K months is pretty awesome and insane. I’m really happy it worked out.

A big part of that? Running this week. My knee felt good and I even managed to shed the brace. Workouts:

  • Sunday: off day
  • Monday: 2.28 miles at random incline. Tired legs, but no knee pain at all. I might have resorted to all caps there. This was the first time that happened since my first half
  • Tuesday: knowing I was off Wednesday and Thursday due to plans, I went longer. 4.07 miles at 5.5. Kept it at .5 incline since I know changing speeds and inclines hasn’t helped
  • Friday: decided to try without the knee brace and again kept it at 5.5 and .5 incline. NO PAIN. Distance was a factor of time (not wanting to push it), but I spotted this when I went to log it in my spreadsheet. WOW. What a difference a year makes

year on year

  • Saturday dawned dry and warm enough to run outside. I’ve only managed that a handful of times this year and while I don’t mind the treadmill, who doesn’t want to play outside? 5+ miles wiggling around Central Park. Could have gone longer, but decided to play it safe. If I’d realized how close I was to an hour, I’d have gone the extra ninety seconds. Knee a little sore so probably right call. I’m going to take tomorrow off.

In the US Road Running Facebook group someone asked how much we’d lost since beginning running. Running hasn’t been about weight loss for me, but it has definitely helped.

Jan 7, 2017 v. March 2, 2018, scale edition

 

Baby steps all around this month. On to the next

6 comments to this article

  1. Lisa

    on March 4, 2018 at 15:43 - Reply

    Congrats on a great month! I’m glad your knee is feeling better.

    • cari

      on March 8, 2018 at 00:25 - Reply

      Thanks, me too. Even in today’s storm it held up

  2. Liz Dexter

    on March 6, 2018 at 11:26 - Reply

    Glad your knee’s doing well. I’m having a frustrating time with the snow and ice coming and going, I don’t think I’ll do another spring marathon! You’re beautifully on target and it sounds like you’re so strong! Hooray!

    • cari

      on March 8, 2018 at 00:25 - Reply

      Even if you make it into London, the weather is enough of a deterrent? This winter has been so weird.
      Knock wood, I’m feeling good enough to do early sign ups for some of summer runs. Yay money saving. You’ve had some fabulous on Strava too

      • Liz Dexter

        on March 8, 2018 at 06:15 - Reply

        I think if I get into London I get into London and I do it – might not go to the effort of doing a charity place, though. I def want to do more marathons, but I hate the disruptions caused by ice. And thank you. Excited about your summer races!

        • cari

          on March 13, 2018 at 21:15 - Reply

          I feel like this winter was so exceptionally weird. Were you more snowy than normal too?
          I didn’t expect to still be so treadmill bound in March. Going outside Saturday come hell or high water

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