Coasting off of January’s inertia, I focused in this month closely on a couple of my winter goals. February was spent sharpening up for the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon, which is this Saturday. Sharpening is my favorite phase of race training; I enjoy the focused build up for the specific demands of the distance.
PR in the Half Marathon
I had some rough, dig-deep type runs this past month, but I also had several strong tempo runs that have me hopeful for a PR on race day this Saturday. I set an unofficial 10K PR during a 6 mile half marathon pace run. I don’t feel like I peaked too early – I feel ready to race hard. Right now, I’m just hoping there’s no snow, ice, or wind on Saturday morning!
Out of all of my winter goals, I focused the most on this goal. My mileage wasn’t as high as it was last February, as I was coasting a bit off of marathon fitness when I started training. I prioritized the hard tempo runs and long runs. I’m really excited for race day and really enjoyed this training cycle – even with all the ice and snow (and treadmill runs) this month.
Strength Train 2-3x per Week
Oops. I slacked on this a bit in February, with some weeks only getting in one actual strength training workout plus a few random exercises during travel. I got in at least one Pilates, resistance band training, or a medicine ball workout each week, but I will need to refocus on this goal after the race.
Do Hill Sprints Once Per Week
I didn’t pick up this in February. The start of February was icy, and then I simply never got in the habit. I ran plenty of hills…just never as any sprints. Some goals you meet, some you don’t – but I know from this that I need to take a different approach to work on improving power and form in upcoming months. I can’t get myself to focus on these when there’s other goals to achieve.
Run with Ryan Twice Per Week
With the exception of having to move around tempo runs one week due to ice, we ran twice per week every week in February. We ran several 3-6 mile runs together this month and Ryan’s company got me through some runs where I might have quite early. A running partner helps so, so much when running the day after a long run!
Ryan will be training for a half marathon in September, so I’m really excited to continue with our goal of running together throughout the rest of the year. More light in the mornings will help as well for putting in more miles together.
Maintain a Better Personal Training Log
I probably enjoy poring over the data from training logs too much. One of the features I’ve found the most interesting and valuable since keeping a more detailed log is how much elevation gain I cover in a week of running.
Running in the snow. I know that probably sounds silly, but back when I lived in the Midwest, I avoided snow as much as I could and ran on the treadmill throughout winter. Running on the snow in Bend was really enjoyable, even with our slow paces. While the snow (slush) that we got in Seattle is negligible, I am proud of myself for getting out there yesterday and not just hopping on the treadmill when I first saw some accumulation on the ground. My confidence in my grit and mental toughness builds when I can endure – and enjoy – conditions that I previously avoided.
How did you work towards your goals in February?
What are some of your goals for March?
Do you have goals that you can never quite focus on?