Hey everyone! I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging. Here is a summary of my February training.
The month did not start off well. I set out for a long run on Superbowl Sunday and twisted my ankle on a piece of ice or a rock. It didn’t start to bother me right away so I continued my run until it got worse. Luckily for me, it was Winterlude so there were shuttle buses running along the canal. I just waited for one and then hobbled the rest of the way home. I was a mess when I got in. I thought my foot was broken and that I could never run again (I may have been a bit dramatic lol). Here I am right before I twisted it.
I rested my ankle and iced it diligently. I also bought a brace to help stabilize things since not walking on it at all wasn’t really an option. This was also the same week when I did the shoot for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend promo video. All of the shots were only like 50 steps of running so it wasn’t bothering my ankle. They have made one video so far from the footage and it turned out so amazing! I am so thankful that I volunteered to go. It was something that was way out of my comfort zone but I had fun doing it. Link to the video!–> Race Weekend Promo (I’m in pink!)
I had a race coming up the following weekend and I knew that actually “racing” it was out of the question. But I was given the entry for free because I am a member of the Army Run Frontline team and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to represent! I went for a short test run on the Friday and everything felt ok. I ended up running the race (a 10k in 1:02). Nothing crazy. I am a bit disappointed I couldn’t use this race to test my fitness but I’m just grateful my ankle isn’t seriously hurt. It was also pretty greasy out on the course so racing would have been challenging anyways.
Dad and I at the race:
The following week, I realized how quickly Around the Bay is coming up. I’m still feeling a bit worried about it but the worst case scenario will be to just run it as a training run for Big Sur. I was really hoping I would be able to train hard and beat my 30k time (which was actually set during a training run last year). Still not sure how that will go but my training has ramped up in the past weeks.
My bad luck continued on a run that was supposed to be 14 miles. It was a perfect day for a long run as it’s been pretty mild here. I made the mistake of wearing old socks which had a hole in the toe. Eventually, my toe was rubbing on the top of my shoe and was bleeding everywhere. I actually didn’t notice for the longest time so there was a considerable amount of blood on my shoe. I cut my run short when I noticed at 12.7 miles (which is when it started to hurt). Luckily, it was just a small cut on the tip of my toe and wasn’t toe nail related. This prompted me to try and figure out how to wash blood off of shoes (which is a shame because they are bright pink and the stain is very noticeable 😦 ).
I did that long run on the Family Day Monday. Because of how my schedule worked out, I ended up running Wednesday-Saturday and had two long runs in one week. I made sure to take it really easy on my Saturday long run knowing that I wasn’t used to the higher mileage. My legs were dead but by slowing the pace down, it wasn’t too bad. I circled the city looking for hills to run because the elevation profile of the Big Sur marathon is scary!
The total elevation gain of Big Sur is around 600m so this was good practice. I have now finished out the month by running 4 miles on Monday, 8 on Tuesday and 2.7 today! The weather has been so nice which is making it easier to stay motivated to run. My run today was not on my training schedule but I did it anyways because it was 9 degrees out. I just made sure to go very slow.
I also finally debuted my Team Awesome shirt outside!
And right after getting all of the blood off my shoes, I promptly got them covered in mud (and cat).
In total, I ran 95 miles this month. That is my highest mileage February ever. I’ll take it considering I missed a full week of training. Obviously it’s not as high as what I was planning for though. I’m still nervous that I won’t have enough mileage under my belt to be able to “race” Around the Bay, but should be ok for Big Sur as long as I stay consistent.
Lastly, we bought my cat a new toy and she loves it. It’s pompoms and streamers on a rope attached to a rod so you can swing it around. She likes to prance around with it in her mouth and hide it in my bedroom. I know that’s not running related, but it’s equally as important.
That’s all for now!