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The February 2016 Running Challenge

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  • JohnONE29JohnONE29 Posts: 112Member Member Posts: 112Member Member
    Tonight 10 miles brings me to 200.1 miles for February.
  • KWKirkbrideKWKirkbride Posts: 119Member Member Posts: 119Member Member
    After a weekend of work/rest I felt fantastic today for my final run of the month. I planned to do a faster paced 4 miler to see how far I've come since the beginning of the month, not to mention 2.5 months back when I started this obsession. My goal was to do 4 miles with an average pace under 7 minutes. Nailed it! Feels so good to see all the personal records after a lot of hard work.

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    2-1: 3 miles
    2-2: rest
    2-3: 6.6 miles
    2-4: 2.5 miles
    2-5: 4 miles
    2-6: rest
    2-7: rest
    2-8: 5 miles
    2-9: rest
    2-10: rest
    2-11: 4 miles
    2-12: 5 miles
    2-13: 4 miles
    2-14: 2.5 miles
    2-15: blah
    2-16: more blah
    2-17: 5 miles
    2-18: 4 miles
    2-19: 5.2 miles
    2-20: rest
    2-21: rest
    2-22: 8 miles
    2-23: rest
    2-24: 3.5 miles
    2-25: 2.7 miles
    2-26: 4.2 miles
    2-27: rest
    2-28: rest
    2-29: 4.1 miles

    73.3 of 70
  • KWKirkbrideKWKirkbride Posts: 119Member Member Posts: 119Member Member
    That image is HUGE. Haha. Sorry.

    Big congratulations to all the folks in here that even attempted to get out and make something happen. If you didn't meet your goal set another and take it down in March.
  • juliet3455juliet3455 Posts: 2,942Member Member Posts: 2,942Member Member
    Here it is 10:00pm and I just got in the door from Work. 14 hrs is enough. Needless to say I did not get my 10km run in so about 20km short of February goal.
    Based on your experience with the Princess Half, can I assume you didn't submit a race time? I have heard absolute horror stories from people placed in the back few corrals /Editted/
    I submitted a time from a 15K I did last Spring. I was placed in corral E, and I had an absolute wonderful experience with this race. I never felt crowded; I never had to weave around people; ////
    If you will be running another Disney race in November, I highly suggest you enter your time for a corral designation. I feel like you will have a much more pleasant race experience if you do.
    @instantmartian Just wondering what Time did you submit?

    @7lenny7, @9voice9 and @WhatMeRunning Hope that you are close to full recovery and no longer a member of the Limpers and Gimpers. Extending your recuperation-recovery is better than re-injuring yourself and putting you back on the bleachers. Occasionally I feel a little tightness in my right Calf from my December Injury.

    @karllundy Haven't ran any Marathons but did my first 2 HM's in February. I ran the HM distance 1-2 times a month as a long slow easy Training runs ( 2:20 - 2:30 ). Went into the HM with the goal of beating my training run time by about 5 mins. Succeed 2:12:59 in my first HM and 2:12:00 in my 2nd. Find a HM close to you sign up, drag a friend along ( MFP Running Challenge Friend? ) and go have fun. Personally I like the Dirt trail runs more than the Road or Paved Trails, as long as they have 1-2 km of wide track at the start of the race to allow the runners a little room to spread out, unfortunately there are very few Hm's that are dirt - lots of Ultra's.

    @CariTJR WoHo Great accomplishment on your First Months Mileage.

    @skippygirlsmom Love that The Shirt has been recognized and that people want to join in based on it and the information you provided to them.
    @Becky_44 Great accomplishment and a good start.

    See Everyone in March. Sticking with my 140km goal as I have swim Lessons ( 8 sessions ) plus some light weight lifting that cut into my available running time.
  • OrphiaOrphia Posts: 6,952Member Member Posts: 6,952Member Member
    @7lenny7 Happy to hear your knee is feeling better!

    @_nikkiwolf_ Wow, you surpassed your monthly goal by heaps!

    @runner_girl83 Your total is still amazing! Well done. And my very best wishes for you and your dad.

    @Becky_44 Nice work! Which 10K plan are you using?
  • juliet3455juliet3455 Posts: 2,942Member Member Posts: 2,942Member Member
    Just read through the What Type of Winter Athlete Are You?.
    I believe that I would have to be called THE POLAR BEAR & THE NATURAL.

    What does everyone else think they would be called by their Friends and Family?
    edited March 2016
  • Becky_44Becky_44 Posts: 227Member Member Posts: 227Member Member
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    Orphia wrote: »
    @7lenny7 Happy to hear your knee is feeling better!

    @_nikkiwolf_ Wow, you surpassed your monthly goal by heaps!

    @runner_girl83 Your total is still amazing! Well done. And my very best wishes for you and your dad.

    @Becky_44 Nice work! Which 10K plan are you using?

  • Becky_44Becky_44 Posts: 227Member Member Posts: 227Member Member
    Improviser best describes me, though our winters don't get bad like other places and I have to turn the heat off and open the door so I still get that cold air that's not available in the spring and summer.
    juliet3455 wrote: »
    Just read through the What Type of Winter Athlete Are You?.
    I believe that I would have to be called THE POLAR BEAR & THE NATURAL.

    What does everyone else think they would be called by their Friends and Family?

  • dominichorandominichoran Posts: 18Member Member Posts: 18Member Member
    Full house for Feb, 320 miles, 44 runs, 29 days, 2 races [10 Mile - 60:17; 3k - 09;58]

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    edited March 2016
  • ddmom0811ddmom0811 Posts: 1,614Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,614Member, Premium Member
    @skippygirlsmom - love the updates! You recruited someone for our group too!

    My Endomondo app says I ran 60 miles in February. My ticker had 56.xx so I added some miles to it so it would match Endomondo. Apparently I forgot to add one of the 3.1 miles on or forgot to list it here. Don't have time to compare day by day with Endomondo and my list. Still not at my goal for the month but at least 60 is better than 56. :wink:

    Feb 1 - 4.27
    Feb 2- repairing/recovery day.
    Feb 3 - Strength training 4.5 miles
    Feb 4 - rest
    Feb 5 - Strength training
    Feb 6 - 34 mile bike ride
    Feb 7 - 13.1 HM - New PR 2:18:57!!!
    Feb 8 - 3.05 mile recovery run.
    Feb 9 - 1 hour spinning class
    Feb 10 - Strength training
    Feb 11 - 6 miles
    Feb 12 - recovery day
    Feb 13 - 34 mile bike ride
    Feb 14 - 36 mile bike ride
    Feb 15 - 7.5 miles
    Feb 16 - 3.6 miles
    Feb 17 - strength training
    Feb 18 - 5.04 miles + 1 hour spinning class
    Feb 19 - strength training
    Feb 20 - 34 mile bike ride
    Feb 21 - 35 mile bike ride
    Feb 22 - 4.5 miles
    Feb 23 - 4.5 miles
    Feb 24 - strength training
    Feb 25 - 4.5 miles
    Feb 26 - strength training
    Feb 27 - 34 mile bike ride
    Feb 28 - 51 mile bike ride - training for Tour de Cure
    Feb 29 - recovery day



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  • 7lenny77lenny7 Posts: 3,245Member Member Posts: 3,245Member Member
    juliet3455 wrote: »
    Just read through the What Type of Winter Athlete Are You?.
    I believe that I would have to be called THE POLAR BEAR & THE NATURAL.

    What does everyone else think they would be called by their Friends and Family?

    I'd say I'm mostly Polar Bear. I'm actually a little sad that the snow is melting and it's starting to warm up. I was hoping to do more sub-zero running this winter.
  • TheMobileMomTheMobileMom Posts: 78Member Member Posts: 78Member Member
    Update - 20 miles to go. If all goes according to plan (no snow/ice/sick kids), I will make it. Started mixing outdoor runs/with treadmill for Historic Half training. 12 weeks until race day as of last Sunday! Run. Run. Run.

    2/22 3.05 mi
    2/20 5.27 mi
    2/18 3.29 mi
    2/17 4.00 mi
    2/16 3.39 mi
    2/11 4.40 mi
    2/10 3.47 mi
    2/9 3.00 mi

    Finished the month strong with a total of 48.35 < 2 miles from goal! Best of all no injuries.

    2/29 3.61 mi
    2/28 6.26 mi
    2/25 3.10 mi
    2/24 5.51 mi
    edited March 2016
  • instantmartianinstantmartian Posts: 335Member Member Posts: 335Member Member
    juliet3455 wrote: »
    @instantmartian Just wondering what Time did you submit?

    @juliet3455: I submitted my time from the Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15K from this past April, which was my last "big" race before I injured myself the following weekend. I had no idea if Disney would accept it at the time from Hot Chocolate, but I figured it was worth a shot, and it worked!
    edited March 2016
  • Elise4270Elise4270 Posts: 7,609Member, Premium Member Posts: 7,609Member, Premium Member
    Update - 20 miles to go. If all goes according to plan (no snow/ice/sick kids), I will make it. Started mixing outdoor runs/with treadmill for Historic Half training. 12 weeks until race day as of last Sunday! Run. Run. Run.

    2/22 3.05 mi
    2/20 5.27 mi
    2/18 3.29 mi
    2/17 4.00 mi
    2/16 3.39 mi
    2/11 4.40 mi
    2/10 3.47 mi
    2/9 3.00 mi

    Finished the month strong with a total of 48.35 < 2 miles from goal! Best of all no injuries.

    2/29 3.61 mi
    2/28 6.26 mi
    2/25 3.10 mi
    2/24 5.51 mi

    Great job!
  • 5BeautifulDays5BeautifulDays Posts: 683Member Member Posts: 683Member Member
    Just coming here to put the end cap on my month. What a month it was! I didn't make goal, but I got close--and would have without the life curve-balls. There isn't any way right now that I can keep up with these threads, but I am trying to read as I have time. Fall stories! Flying dogs! I'm always encouraged and happy to be here reading about everyone's fabulous runs. I can't wait to see more springtime photos of beautiful run locations, too. Thank you everyone who has commented and encouraged me along the way. Off to March! :)


    1/31 Rest
    2/1 6.25 @ 12.00 on the treadmill
    2/2 3.5 (3 @ 11:50 and .5 walking) and strength training
    2/3 Rest day
    2/4 10.25 @ 11:46 on the treadmill.
    2/5 Planned rest day--taking my daughter on her first college visit!
    2/6 5 @ 10:35 on the treadmill
    (25/25 for the week)

    2/7 Rest
    2/8 5 @ 11:23 on the treadmill. Knees were giving me a little trouble at the beginning but warmed up ok.
    2/9 3.25 @ 10:46 on the treadmill and strength training
    2/10 11 @ 12:00 on the treadmill. Dear goodness golly that was awful.
    2/11 Rest
    2/12 6.25 @ 11:23 on the treadmill.
    2/13 Rest
    (25.5/25 for the week)

    2/14 No race day-- -7windchill too cold for wimpy me
    2/15 5 @ 12 ish on the treadmill-saurus in my basement since we're having another stinking snow day
    2/16 5 @ 12 ish on the treadmill at home. My legs/ankles/whatever are not feeling great today
    2/17 5 @ 11 on the treadmill at the gym and strength training.
    2/18 5 @ 10:45 on the treadmill at the gym
    2/19 Walked around the Magic Kingdom
    2/20 Walked around Epcot
    (20/20 for the week)

    2/21 13.5 @ 12:32 Disney Princess Half Marathon
    2/22-25 Sitting in a hospital with a very ill boy
    2/26 3.25 @ 10:38 on the treadmill
    2/27 Life Day
    (16.75/20 for the week)

    2/28 Life Day
    2/29 4.5 miles at 11:49 on the park trail. Glorious!


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    edited March 2016
  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Posts: 2,927Member Member Posts: 2,927Member Member
    7lenny7 wrote: »
    juliet3455 wrote: »
    Just read through the What Type of Winter Athlete Are You?.
    I believe that I would have to be called THE POLAR BEAR & THE NATURAL.

    What does everyone else think they would be called by their Friends and Family?

    I'd say I'm mostly Polar Bear. I'm actually a little sad that the snow is melting and it's starting to warm up. I was hoping to do more sub-zero running this winter.

    No surprise that @7lenny7 is a Polar Bear!

    The last 2 winters, I would have been a Polar Bear. This winter, I'm a cross between a Polar Bear and an Improviser. I still love my outdoor running, and I still managed to get a few ice beards; but I've gone inside for most speed work, and a couple of days had me retreat to the indoor track because I'm more of a weather wimp than I used to be.

    I've come to realize that even though I loved the outdoor running last year, cold and snow will always be excuses that make it hard for me to get any speed work done. Easy running outside is nice, but I don't fancy finding black ice while running hard.
  • 5BeautifulDays5BeautifulDays Posts: 683Member Member Posts: 683Member Member
    Based on your experience with the Princess Half, can I assume you didn't submit a race time? I have heard absolute horror stories from people placed in the back few corrals, especially those people who want to run. Actually, the hot tub at my resort later that morning was filled with runners. Of course, we all got to talking about our experience, and a group of friends noted how pleasant their experience was this years' race in corral H as opposed to their nightmare stores from last year when they were in corral N.

    I submitted a time from a 15K I did last Spring. I was placed in corral E, and I had an absolute wonderful experience with this race. I never felt crowded; I never had to weave around people; there were absolutely no lines for the toilets; and everyone was at about the same pace the entire way, though I fell back a little due to a potty stop around mile 10, as well as stops for about 16 photos ops throughout the course - two of myself and 14 more of just me taking photos of random stuff along the course. Some of the character stops had super-long lines (like Belle and the Beast), but I didn't care about most of the characters, anyway - I am not a Princess person - Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas was good enough for me. Everyone around me was so polite, conversational, encouraging, and respectful - I hear that is not always the case once you get closer to the back of the pack.

    If you will be running another Disney race in November, I highly suggest you enter your time for a corral designation. I feel like you will have a much more pleasant race experience if you do.

    I'm still very sorry to hear about your son. I really hope things start to look up for all of you shortly.

    Believe it or not, I did submit a time! I was in group G, though. The estimation was that I would finish in 2:45, but obviously the bathroom pitstops took their toll, as did my overly conservative speed. I am a solitary runner, and I just felt so much pressure with all those people around me--everyone was kind and friendly (except for one girl who I think was going to murder her running partner because they did *not* agree on their pace, lol!)--but I just felt trapped the whole time. And looking at my splits, I was just slow. Not a one of my splits was under a 12 minute mile. The slowest two were the first two miles (12:41) and the last mile (12:57). I didn't even stop for a photo at all. I'm definitely interested in doing another Disney race, just because the trip itself is really fun. But I'm not sure I'm much of a racer, actually--I don't really care about medals or shirts. I just like running.
  • karllundykarllundy Posts: 1,494Member Member Posts: 1,494Member Member
    2/1 - Rest day. Semi-planned.
    2/2 - Snow Day
    2/3 - 4 miles on treadmill
    2/4 - 5.1 miles on treadmill (Trek class). Sore knee this morning...hoping it is from shoveling and not running related. Didn't get worse when I ran, so I am going to cautiously push through.
    2/5 - 4 miles on treadmill
    2/6 - Life day...too busy to squeeze in a run :-(
    2/7 - 5.4 windy miles, but warm for Feb.
    2/8 - Another life day. Wife's mother in hospital not well, so she is out of town...gotta get kids to school, etc.
    2/9 - 4 miles on treadmill. Convinced all three kids to go to the Y with me after dinner.
    2/10 - 2/14 - Nothing.
    2/15 - Again, 0.
    2/16 - 4 miles on treadmill, hotter than blazes in the gym!
    2/17 - Another life day.
    2/18 - 4.1 wet, squishy, windy, springy miles...it was fun!
    2/19 - 4 miles on a teeny, tiny indoor track (76 laps)
    2/20 - Spin class with my Y friends...raising funds
    2/21 - 4.3 miles, nice and comfortable
    2/22 - 5.2 easy miles. Felt like I could have run all night, but family / duty called and I had to head home.
    2/23 - 3.5 miles on treadmill + weights/abs
    2/24 - Planned rest day. Been so long since I actually needed that...I may have forgotten how!
    2/25 - Unplanned rest day. MIL back in hospital for third time in three weeks.
    2/26 - 4.33 miles. Breezy, but pretty good.
    2/27 - 6.53 miles on a gorgeous day! 65° F at 3 p.m. - it was HOT.
    2/28 - Another unplanned rest day. MIL is being sent to in-home hospice.
    2/29 - 4.00 windy, blustery miles. Took about 2 to get warmed up, but the last 2 were great!

    Month was 62.46 out of 90 goal miles. :neutral:

    Great job everyone!
  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,592Member Member Posts: 6,592Member Member
    In case anyone comes in here late wondering where we went for March...
    Stoshew71 wrote: »

  • OhhimOhhim Posts: 1,142Member Member Posts: 1,142Member Member
    Done. Ended up taking a rest day Sunday, but did a double yesterday to wrap up the month with an 8 mile tempo run mid day, then 4 with a neighbor in the evening. Onto March!

    2/1 - 4 miles (up/down part of Park City mountain through 2 feet of powder)
    2/2 - 5.5 miles
    2/3 - 1 miles (pre lifting warmup)
    2/4 - 10 miles (7 mile tempo run + 3 recovery)
    2/5 - 5 miles
    2/6 - 10 miles
    2/8 - 9 miles
    2/9 - 12 miles (w. 3x15 min @ 7:15/mile pace w. 90 sec recovery)
    2/10 - 5 miles
    2/11 - 12 miles (8 miles speedwork + 4 mile late recovery run)
    2/12 - 1 mile (pre lifting warmup)
    2/13 - 10 miles
    2/15 - 4 miles
    2/16 - 5 miles (threshold run w. 3 @ 7 pace in middle)
    2/17 - 10 miles
    2/18 - 5.5 miles (w. 10x0.25 repeats @ 5:30/mile w. 30 sec recovery)
    2/20 - 15k race (6:39 pace, 89/5500)
    2/22 - 7 miles
    2/23 - 8 miles
    2/24 - 7 miles
    2/25 - 18 miles
    2/26 - 5 miles
    2/27 - 10 miles
    2/29 - 12 miles

    Total: 185 miles
    Goal: 180 miles

    Upcoming Races:
    Half Ironman - Florida 70.3 - Apr 10
    Marathon - Pittsburgh - May 1
    Half Ironman - Augusta 70.3 - Sep 25
    Marathon - Chicago - Oct 9 (if accepted)
    Ironman - Florida - Nov 5
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