Sunday, March 2, 2014

Twelve in Twelve 2014: February aka Hoth

February hasn't been ideal for running...I have spent more hours than I thought humanly possible on a treadmill. While I haven't shown the "dreadmill" much love in the past...I have been really grateful for this torture device this month. Running outdoors was nearly impossible for the majority of the month.
White, white, and more white...this was my walk to the gym pretty much all month.
While I found a new appreciation for the treadmill this month...I did get awfully tired of this view
I can't even...4 snow days already this school year and it's looking like there could be more! 

This "polar vortex" made my training more difficult...but I am proud to say I didn't give up! I spent more time on the treadmill than I would like and I sprinkled in a little more cross-training...which affected my weekly mileage...but kept me from losing my mind :)
This is the week that I learned that the treadmill automatically turns off after an hour...that is HIGHLY inconvenient, especially when my weekly long run has to be done on the treadmill. 
This is the week I surpassed my longest distance EVER! Yep...I have never run more than 7.5 miles at a time. Before this New Year's Resolution and signing up for the half marathons I only had only run for fun/ stress relief and never had a reason to run more than 7.5. 
This is the week I learned that watching "Girls" on the treadmill at the gym is a very poor decision...some of the scenes are a little uh....graphic? Needless to say I will be choosing a different show to watch while running at the gym :) This was also the week of February's race...luckily the weather wasn't too awful!
This was the week of my very first (and definitely not last) group run! I finally got to do my long run outside and with a big group of people running the same distance. Who knew that a group run could be so motivating...I'm sure lots of people do/did...I was just late to that game I suppose :)

Total miles for February: 72.34 
Total for 2014 so far: 153.34

Race #2: The Sweetheart Run
February's race was extra special because not only did I get to run it with my "sweetheart" but it was AJ's very first race EVER! 
Luckily, we had a snow free weekend with higher than average temperatures (it was a whopping 30 degrees and there was ice and snow all over the sidewalks) We were also lucky that they had the Ritz Charles open so we could hang out in there before/after the race. 
Here we are for the 3 seconds at the beginning of the race where we ran together...shortly after this picture, AJ decided that he was going to sprint the whole damn thing. I let him go...because I knew I would catch him eventually when he decided that a 7 min mile pace for 3.12 miles was not a great decision for someone who had only run a handful of times in preparation for this race. A few minutes into the race he came to his senses and slowed down...good thing too...because shortly after, we hit a pretty tough hill :)
Finish line pictures are so flattering...and the only reason I am posting this one is to show off the INCREDIBLE time in which AJ finished his first race! I am SO proud of him...since he hadn't trained much I had expected to have to stop and walk or slow our pace down toward the end, but he was a trooper and pushed through to the end! 
Remember how I said finish line photos weren't flattering...I wonder how this guy feels about his finish line photo? When I was browsing through the photos looking for ours, I came across this and seriously couldn't stop laughing for like 20 minutes. Is it a little bit mean to laugh at this guy's misfortune...yes...but seriously, it was a 5k and look at his time...I have a feeling he just had a little bit too much fun the night I would say I am allowed to laugh! Also, if you look above at our finish line photo, you can still see the poor guy laying there! I'm sure there are those of you out there saying "Wow Heather, you are so mean" but in all seriousness...the guy is fine now :)
Like I have said before the best part of a race is breakfast afterward! I think AJ got a little hungry waiting on our food though ;) 
One last thing before I go...I had to make a change to my first 100 mile reward. I know I said I was going treat myself to red Hunter rain-boots...well, let me just tell you that was a major fail. Apparently, Hunter rain-boots are meant for people just a little bit taller than I am. When I tried them on they hit mid-knee and made it nearly impossible to walk normally. The salesperson then suggested the kids sizes...which was great, but they didn't have the size I needed in the color I wanted.
 I spent weeks looking online and trying to figure out a way to get those boots on my feet...unfortunately, it just wasn't meant to be. They were/are sold out EVERYWHERE! That was when I decided I would just get a different pair. 
 I couldn't find any red ones that I liked, but I did find a really cute pair in gray. The best part of these boots is they were a third of the price and allowed me to spend the rest of that money I planned on spending on my rain-boots on clothes ;)

Alright...that's a wrap on February and next up is the Big 12 5k on March 15th! 


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