February 2016 Wrap-Up

OK, February is now officially over, after having an extra bonus day–I’m looking at you, Leap Day! Thanks for giving me an extra day to give me a total of 87 FREAKING MILES for the month.

Photo Mar 01, 7 08 19 AM

Like seriously, how did that even happen? February was far and away my highest mileage month ever, and it’s crazy to think that the next few months will continue to build on that. What even is this?

All in all, February was a good month for training. I continue to be happy with Coach Suz, with The Plan, and with my overall performance. I could stand to be doing more yoga and rolling more often, but generally, I’m feeling pretty good about this whole marathon thing.

Things outside of running have been more challenging. We still only have one car, so getting to the gym, spin, or rehearsals can be dicey. And forget about just dashing out to do some errands after work, or on a Saturday. We’ve been borrowing cars and carpooling as much as possible, but…

over it

I’ve had my own car since I was 18, and I’m used to the freedom and independence of having my own vehicle. I hate being dependent on other people to get where I need to go, and Ben’s Nordic schedule has been totally unpredictable, so I never know if I’m going to be able to get where I need to be on time. Ben and I also haven’t been seeing much of each other lately because we’re both so busy, which obviously sucks. Now I know how he feels when I’m really busy with a show!

The good news is, Nordic Ski season is over after this week, which means that Ben will be home each evening in time for me to take the car wherever I need to go, whether that’s the gym, rehearsal, or just running some freaking errands for once. And of course, it will be nice to be able to spend more time together. Maybe eat dinner together more than once a week. You know, actually be a couple or something like that.

We’re also working on getting our meal planning and cleaning situation figured out, because the last few months have been rough on that score too. Our apartment is in a shambles, and we’ve been eating like a couple of garbage bins. It’s bad. I feel like nutrition is the one aspect of my marathon preparation that I just don’t have a handle on right now. There are a lot of contributing factors, but I’m working on it. I still have a post brewing on that, but it’s a little ranty and negative, so I haven’t quite found the courage to hit “publish” yet.

So while February was a great month for running, I’ll be happy to say goodbye, and welcome March with open arms.

How was your February?

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19 thoughts on “February 2016 Wrap-Up

  1. dgobs says:

    Damn, you go girl! That top photo is gorgeous, too. I hope your March is fantastic, both for running/training and for the rest of life things!

    • DarlinRae says:

      Thanks, Anna! I know what you mean. It can be really tough to manage surprises and last-minute stuff without a car. It must be especially so with kiddos!

  2. txa1265 says:

    Again – great month, awesome mileage, I am so enjoying reading about all of your updates … Although like in all of life there are ups and downs that simply don’t make the blog. 🙂

    Ugh on one car – in January TimeHop was reminding me that it had been 3 years since my older son was learning to drive and one Saturday morning on the way to rehearsal for the musical post-snow he caught a patch of ice and we wound up in a tree. Fun (not). Watching the police car slide trying to get to us was a reminder of how bad it was. We were down to one car for nearly two months due to that – fortunately Lisa was working very close to home and my schedule was flexible and then I started traveling for a project … So it all worked out. But yeah, not fun.

    Same for the eating and cleaning … Our informal dining table ends up as a dumping grounds for mail and laptops and in-progress things like taxes. We tend to eat at the island in our kitchen most times, so it isn’t urgent … But it is annoying how we tend to quickly clutter.

    Eating is so important yet so hard … Last fall with one away at college and the other having either marching band or musical rehearsal 6 days a week, we found ourselves eating out more … Not the best for healthy eating, I certainly feel the difference when I don’t stick to my ‘clean eating’. Life is about compromises and doing what we can … Which is all we can do.

    • DarlinRae says:

      I’m hopeful that things calming down will allow us to build more structure and routine. These last few months have been pretty difficult. I can’t wait until this weekend! Ben is done with Nordic ski, and we are going to have a date night and figure our $%^ out!

  3. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    Awesome month!!! Congratulations! Especially getting all those miles in with all you have going on. I’m still stewing over my insecurities post, trying it make it a little less whiny. I haven’t worked it out yet. Good luck in March!

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