Is February really here? I heard a certain ground hog saw his shadow today, but given the 15-plus inches of snow we got yesterday, I'm not in the mood for what Phil thinks, and in three days I won't care anyway (more on that later)!
Actually, I'm kind of excited for February. Not only is it the birthday month for Matt (Feb. 19) and Darcy (Feb. 20), we also have a big trip coming up and of course spring training starts in just a couple of weeks. It also marks the beginning of the end for winter, because once March gets here I can pretty much tolerate the leftovers of winter since I know that it is going to end pretty soon.
So what have I got going on? Let's find out!
*From a running perspective, I'm really excited. Though I got off to a slow start in January -- I didn't run until the 12th -- I finished the month by running back-to-back 25 mile weeks! I also got a big boost of confidence on Saturday when I ran 9.5 miles in 1:36:55, or a 10:12 pace. What I feel good about is the fact that the loop I took had its share of hills, and I was also slowed down a bit by some not-so-decent footing. Back in November, I had hoped that by the end of February I could be down to a sub-10-minute pace for 10 miles, and it looks like that's possible.
*Even better, I hit a milestone in my weight loss. At my highest point last year, I checked in at 265 pounds, and when I got on the scale this weekend I was sitting at 240! It's been a slow process to get here, mostly because I'm not always the best when it comes to eating, but it's a move in the right direction. Losing a pound a week from now until the Indy Mini puts me in a good position to run Faster Than Frank! I don't feel like I "look" any different, but here's a pic from the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas taken last Feb. 4, the Chicago Marathon in October and one of me taken at the blue track one night last week. What do you think?
* I added another race to the Year of the Half Marathon as Darcy and I will be
traveling to Greenwood, Miss. for the Viking Half Marathon there. Why
Greenwood? Well, the company Darcy works for owns Viking Range, which is
based in Greenwood, and Viking is sponsoring the race, so it's all
connected! Darcy will be running the 5K, and I hope to run in the
2:10-2:15 range down there. It will be fun to go to a different part of the country and run, and the course is supposed to be pretty flat, which will give me a good barometer as far as where I stand for the Indy Mini.
*And finally, this month I am participating in a Blog Hop! In case you are wondering what that means, a blog hop is an opportunity for bloggers to network and build up more interest in their site, as well as social media platforms. The one I am participating in, which was organized by Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner, has 40 bloggers -- most of them running-related. Our job is to promote each other as much as we can and then our blogs will be featured twice during the month. Mine is on the 13th and the 26th, so look for that. My topic on the 13th will be easy...Running in Dubai! The second one I'm still thinking about. Have any ideas?
I'm looking forward to having a great month and having you join me on the journey!