Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Five

1. Peak week is nearly over. It will be capped off with a 22 miler tomorrow, and then it will be taper time all the way into Boston. Lucky for me, I got invited to run with the Roncker's group on Saturday. They are doing twenty miles. so that is good. I know that I am going to make it.

2. I ran yassos yesterday. The full workout with 3:00 recovery. It ended up being a solid workout. It is probably worth a post all it's own because as usual it was a confidence booster for me.

3. I also woke up extra early. I was so concerned with getting my run in, and the nerves around that workout kept me awake. Which is no good. I got a little better sleep last night. Whew.

4. I had to start my meditation and writing streaks over again. Ugh. That stinks. But this time I am DETERMINED to get through 10 straight days. I have to.

5. I am planning on Pure Barre at lunch today. That will be my 20th class of the month! Woo hoo! Goal/challenge achieved!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Revival

On Monday, when I was feeling like struggle fest on Boston and the goals that I had for that, I talked to Coach Jen. Even though I am guessing I was more quiet around the conversation than she wanted me to have.

I think that quietness is common with me when I am struggling with where I am relating to... anything... in my life. I am like that in therapy too. I feel like in general, I need to be prodded to talk about places where I am weak. I wish I could have just spilled my guts to her.

Regardless, she asked questions. She pried. She questioned all of the issues that I said I was having. She forced me to talk when I sort of felt like I just wanted to cruise and be bummed out and feel not confident.

And while I was likely not as responsive as she had hoped I would be, I was not as responsive as I hoped I would be, I got out of my way as she forced me to get out of my way. By the time we got off the phone I was starting to feel reinvigorated.

So now... a few days removed from that phone call, and a few workouts removed, I am starting to feel better. I am starting to feel reinvigorated around this race. I have even started to come up with a few goals around this race (maybe even A B C goals?) and that is definitely fueling my fire a little bit. I am trying to come up with ways to remember that this should be the celebration behind all of the work that I have done since I started running and specifically all of the work that I have done since Addie was born. Marathons are hard, and I have definitely put a lot of work into it at this point. And although yes, I want to run fast, I want to race, I still should really take in this experience.

I really should enjoy it.

I need to remember THIS feeling.
Running with joy.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mental hiccup

My mental place took a bit of a beating this weekend. I am not entirely sure why I was feeling so... not good... mentally, but I definitely was in a not good place. Especially considering it was a down week training wise and my legs were feeling good.

I have backed off at Pure Barre, even though I am still trying to go 4-5 times per week. I was not planning on backing off, but I realized that my legs were feeling tired from going all-in all the time. So I took that step back and am still working hard, but just not sinking that extra inch or whatever. That has helped a bit.

I have been trying to BS reasons for this, and honestly, I am coming up short. It might be because I don't really have a goal for this race. Obviously, it would be ideal to try and re-qualify for Boston at this race even if I never go back. Mostly because that would be awesome. But I am not really going into this race to try and run a PR or anything. If that happens, ok. If not, also ok. And unfortunately, I am not sure if that works for me or not.

I know that I am going to Boston, so I really should be going to ENJOY myself. But for me, enjoying myself is performing at my best. And that is ok. I can go into this race and be ready to race. Hard. and see what happens, But the truth is, I am not sure where this will land at this point in time. I am not sure how my fitness is right now, but I am ready to knock out 22 miles this weekend. I have to. I need to be ready to race the SHIT  out of this marathon. (Pardon my language.)

So basically... I have been mentally struggling with this whole thing. And I am definitely ready to get out there. I need this week/weekend to go well. That is my big goal.

I have been lax and forgiving of myself when it comes to this cycle because I wanted to enjoy Boston, but that has looked somewhat like slacking. Not racing the Heart Mini like I could have/should have. Taking some workouts a little bit easier than maybe I could have.

But for now, I am trying not to dwell on that and trying to pull things together. Trying to get my head in the game and execute.

3 weeks to go.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Training Update: Week of March 20

Well, it was a down week this week. It was the last down week before I am tapering, and I definitely had a good week.
Monday: 8 miles, recovery pace. Pure Barre. Core.
Tuesday: Pure barre. Core.
Wednesday: 6 miles, Pure barre. Core.
Thursday: 6 miles, Pure barre.
Friday: 5 miles, Pure bare. Core.
Saturday: 3.56 miles (don't ask)
Sunday: 12 miles

40.56 miles
5x Pure barre
4x core


Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Five

It's Friday! And tomorrow I only have to run 12 miles. WOO HOO!
1. Like I said above, tomorrow is only a 12 mile weekend long run. This is the last down week before taper (to be real, next week is the last up week before taper - holy crap - IT IS SO CLOSE!) I am definitely looking forward to having a less than 2 hour run. That is awesome.

2. I listened to the Runner's World podcast that was the roundtable on eating disorders. If this is something that interests you, you can find that here. It is definitely interesting, and it is something that rings true to me, considering my history and everything else.

3. I am doing a CRAPPY job at limiting my spending. Seriously. This Spring line of O stuff is just too good. Right now they are having kind of an accessory sale and that means bras. I DEFINITELY have some bras that need the old heave-ho, but do I REALLY need 3 more? (My heart says yes, my head says no.)

4. Yesterday was a super crazy day at the office, but I managed to get through it all. I have to be honest. I am super pleased with the number of things that I managed to knock out yesterday, and I am hopeful that today will be as productive.

5. Jason and I are looking to buy some red sox tickets for when we are in Boston for the marathon. Wish us luck. I am sure they will not be easy to get...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A bit of rambling

Today I just want to write. I want to write about the things that I am thinking and feeling without worrying about how they are coming across. I just feel the need to express myself right now, and talk about everything rather than just writing about running and how my training is going.

Sometimes I wonder if I can be seen ever as anything else. I am a mother and a runner, and that is it. At least, that is something that I am afraid of. Because those are the two things that I discuss most frequently. I am supposed to chat with my friend Alisha. She is in B-School right now, which I assumed was business school or something.

Turns out, B-school is not getting your MBA as I assumed. It has to do with Marie Forleo, and admittedly, I have never even heard of her prior to Alisha telling me about her. I am allowing myself to fall down the rabbit hole of her website trying to get a better sense of it (and when I have more information, I will report back.) The more I look into it, the more it IS business school, but more for entrepreneurs. You can find more about that here, but as a result Alisha wants to have a chat about that. She is looking to build her mentorship and coaching program (if that is something you are interested in, you can check out Alisha on her website). It is interesting, because I am curious about this conversation that we are going to have, but I am not sure that starting my own business is really in my future ever.

So this is a little in relation to my post from Tuesday, and I am just having a lot of feelings around it because I am trying new things. Things are top of mind right now, because I am doing more writing. And so for once, I am inspired to keep going, to keep it up.

So to make things a little less... umm...  intense? Here is a picture of my kid eating pizza for breakfast.
Yep. We had pizza for breakfast. Winning mom.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

20 miles, my first

Well, not really my first, obviously, but my first this training cycle! And this one was honestly the first time when I was out there the entire time thinking that I absolutely am going to get this done. There have been many times in my running life where I have basically thought "oh, I will be happy if I just make it to 12 miles and then I can call it" or something like this.

I feel like this shows progress in my running. I feel like this shows confidence in some places. Now right now, I am not super confident in my ability to run super fast, but I am (for once) 100% confident in my ability to finish. That is one step further than I ever have been before. Typically, I am not really that confident in either thing. So I am calling this cycle, despite struggles, a bit of a breakthrough.

But anyway, let's talk about the 20 miles that I ran, since that is supposed to be the point of this post, not the breakthroughs that I am having.

My plan was to run the miles at Lunken Airport, the site of an epic 22 mile training run back in the summer. (It was for my fall marathon, but I ran it in August, therefore, SUMMER). That was an insanely hot and humid day, as were the majority of my long runs last summer) - yesterday was the opposite. It was chilly. Windy. A little bit drizzly. In reality, my goal for the day was to knock out twenty miles. Not much other than that.

I parked in my usual place (near the playground) and used the port-o-potty behind the building (sometimes I wonder if anyone uses that other than me - but at least it was clean-ish and had toilet paper) before taking off on the first five mile loop of the airport grounds. I ran the first mile as a warm up (8:55 pace) and then stopped to do some dynamic warm up stuff and a little stretching. I have not done this too frequently in my past, and I feel like whenever I do, I feel a zillion time better. So I stopped, did some leg swings, butt kicks, high knees, squats, and walking lunges before taking off again. My legs already felt better at that point and I was able to start running more quickly.

I was feeling pretty good until I hit a bunch of wind. That was gross. Running a few fast-ish (ok, not that fast, even for me, but my fastest of the day) miles down at Armleder took a lot out of me. So I headed back up to the top and the airport to finish it out. I needed a bathroom break and a drink of water, so I headed back toward the start to use the toilet and water fountain and was practically blown over by a 5K race headed straight toward me. So that was not fun. Then the rain started. With the temperatures what they were, this rain hurt.

While I was not ready to throw in the towel, I was ready to wring out the towel and head indoors.
At 13.1 miles, I hopped in my car and headed for home with the intent of finishing things out on the treadmill. When I got there, I took a quick pee break, ate a honey stinger, and hopped on the treadmill. I ran the first 2 @7.0, then 2 @ 7.1, 2@7.2, and increased the speed consistently over the next mile. I finished 7  miles in 58:40, to finish 20.10 miles for the day. (I didn't like the idea of stopping at 6.9 miles to get to the 20 even.)

As it turns out, I finished 20 miles (well, a little over) in an average of 8:28 pace. While part of me feels anxious about that pace, the other part of me remembers all of the research around running long slow distance for long runs, and this certainly is not particularly slow. So I need to take a breath, push on, because I have less than a month to go now. It is GO TIME.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


I am in the middle of a few streaks right now. They are not very long yet, but they are started, and they have been going on for a few  days right now. And a few days is something good, I think. And I will definitely take it.

So I wanted to talk about these two things that I am doing. They are both hopefully self improvement type things.

I am meditating. I am only a few days in. I have done the Headspace thing, I did the original 10 day challenge, but was not sure that I could get into that far enough to justify the cost of it beyond the 10 day challenge. And so I was back to exploring. But I talked to my friend Emily, who I ran Ragnar with way back... what feels like forever ago, had a different recommendation.
Insight timer. There are in app purchases, but there are LOADS of guided meditations of all lengths that are included in the free app. So far so good. Emily has provided suggestions of places to start, suggestions on how to start myself (meaning, start slow, less time, forgive myself, etc). I am hoping to continue to grow and develop this practice.

The second thing I have been working on, streaking in, is writing. Nothing specific, not working on anything specific. Just trying to write every single day. I feel good starting up that practice and trying to keep writing, keep it up. I currently am in the middle of a 10 day journaling challenge. I will see what happens next after that.

I do think that both of these things that I am doing will be pretty self improving for me since they can help to keep me grounded and improving.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Training Update: Week of March 13

Holy crazy training week. I am through it all, finally, and I feel good. I feel better now, a few days removed from my 20 miler than I did right afterward, because afterward I felt like junk.
So let's take a look at this big week!
Monday: 45 minutes walking (XT), Pure barre.
Tuesday: 11 miles, 4x30s strides (11.56 miles). Pure barre. Core.
Wednesday: 8 miles, easy pace. Pure barre. Core.
Thursday: 8 miles with 5 mile tempo (more to come, maybe). Pure barre.
Friday: 8 miles, easy pace, Pure barre, core.
Saturday: 20.10 miles and then movie watching with the kiddo.

55.66 miles
5x pure barre
3x core

Holy heavy training week.

Friday, March 17, 2017

XX2i Optics France 2: A review

Disclaimer: I received Legend Compression sleeves to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Now, it has been WINTER here in Ohio on and off since November. Sometimes it is 60* and sunny, some days it is single digit wind chills (like today for example). But, as a blue eyed girl, I ALWAYS wear sunglasses if I am running in the daylight. I try to keep from squinting too much, as obviously that will further any wrinkles that I may get around my eyes, etc.

So, as a BibRave Pro, I was offered the opportunity to try and review the France2 from XX2i Optics. I received the pair in hyper orange (I was not super worried about the color and was just happy to get the opportunity to have a good pair of racing sunglasses again after I left a pair in my hotel room in South Dakota). 

(That is literally a picture from the above linked website of the exact sunglasses that I received)

They arrived a few weeks after I was accepted for the project, which was great. With it still being winter here, I was not sure initially how often I would get the opportunity to wear them, but I had nothing to worry about.

 The sunglasses arrived in a hard case with some additional accessories. I put them on immediately to see how they felt on my face. The nose piece felt good. The ear pieces felt good on the tops of my ears and they felt flexible yet sturdy. I was looking forward to giving them a whirl on a run.
 Despite the cold, we have had some very sunny days. These sunglasses worked well with the earpieces on and a hat over them. The did not fog up when I was breathing hard later in a workout, and that worked well.
In addition, they were close to my face. That was one of the most important things to me. The closeness to the eyes actually kept the sun out even more, and the wrap-around style of these glasses kept my eyes feeling good and able to see on long runs. That is very important to me because having different degrees of light (brighter, dimmer - if that a word? - etc) throws my head off a little when I am out, and these glasses did not allow that to happen.
 These glasses have gotten sweaty, been my helper on an evening commute back to my home, and occasionally as a headband in my office when I pulled them up to the top of my head, keeping my hair out of my eyes.
Even Addie has enjoyed them. The other day in the car she asked me "Mom, can I have your glasses?" I sighed but took them off my face and handed them back to her. She continued, "mom, is the sun in your eyes?" I told her yes, so she said, "don't worry, you can just close your eyes." Yeah, Addie, that is not going to happen. I am driving!

Anyway, these sunglasses have been a great addition to my running wardrobe and they will definitely be making the trip to Boston with me in a month. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pic from my iPhone

Because I haven't done one of these in a while, and it helps me clean out my phone, here are some iPhone pics that have been hanging out for a little while.
 Jason in Asheville.
 Addie dabbing. (not sure where she learned this, but she knows what it is called)
 Princess Rapunzel, wig supplied by Papa's Christmas gift  (my dad).
 Post-shower cuddles.
 My Starbucks date.
 Cuddles with her puppy. They are best friends for sure.
 Silly faces!
 Post-run stretches.
 Have you seen stuff on #TeamFiona yet? Very preemie hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo, and I am super obsessed with following her progress.
 Painted nails - 5 different colors, the bane of Mommy.
 Wearing daddy's glasses.
Hanging out outside of Madtree after a fun morning coloring and playing ABC Mouse on Daddy's phone.

Hmm...  this somehow mostly turned into an Addie entry, but I guess that is because I pretty much only take pictures of her.

Hope you enjoyed!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Race Recap: The Heart Mini Half Marathon

Ok, I have run this race before. Once. It was my VERY first ever half marathon (I have run the 5K several times and the 15K as well, but this was only my second time with the half). You can read about my first half marathon (and this specific race) in this post.

This year was not a goal race, I just needed 18 miles again, and it is way more fun to do that with friends and in a race.
Why not, right?

Anyway, I parked in J's garage that morning, arriving downtown around 6:45 with plans to meet Caroline for 2-ish miles of warm up pre race. I had a full 18 on tap again, just like last week, and it is MUCH easier to get 18 with a half marathon in the middle than a 5K like last week!

So...  2 watch screwed up in mile 2. It has me running 6:18 pace, and if you look at the chart, there is a hilarious zag off the road, which is obviously where my watch went wonkers, and why I showed 13.3 miles for the race. Regardless, I knew going in that it was not my day. So I was super comfortable just cruising. Running how I felt like running, and just enjoying myself. I had a good run. I ended up stopping once for the bathroom, and managed to run a pretty solid marathon effort run.

So I DID stop my watch when I went to the bathroom - after all, I was not racing, it was just a training run. I still have my race time/official time, but for my training run, I wanted to run my watch the way I would have run it for a training run.

This course is a tough one. I always hate it, every single year that I run it, but I always come back for the 15K (usually) because it is a well-timed tune up. And this was a perfect opportunity once again. So while I was not feeling PR ready today, I definitely will chalk it up to a VERY solid training run, 18 miles with 13.1 at marathon effort. So that is another win for me.

Things I am hopeful next spring:
1. More confidence going in. I would like to GO FOR IT.
2. Not so cold. The cold sucked.
3. Remember to bring fuel. Whoops.
4. Don't drink 4 beers the day before the race. Might have been a mistake.
5. Don't brew all of your coffee the PREVIOUS day, because you will NEED coffee for race day.

So, there are lots of lessons learned, and good workouts had. Right?  Moving on to the next workout, here we go.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Training Update: Week of March 6

Ahh yes... the first week of March has already come and gone as far as training goes. Boston is 5 weeks away, GCM is less than 6 weeks... And by that time, my season will be nearly over...  Whoa.
So this was a high-ish volume week, and as I mentioned, the plan changed when I realized that I had made a mistake on my race date, so that is what it is... right?

Let's take a look at my training for the week, shall we?

Monday: 5.13 miles AM, 5 miles plus strides (5.5 total miles) pm. 10.68 total miles. Core.
Tuesday: 60 minute walk. Pure barre.
Wednesday: 8 miles with 6x1 mile with short recovery, progressive. Pure barre. Core.
Thursday: 6.09 miles, 9:20 pace. Pure barre.
Friday: 5 miles, Pure barre. Core.
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: Heart Mini Half marathon (recap to come) + warm up and cool down. 18 total miles

47.77 miles
4x Pure barre
3x Core

There we go. Not the perfect week, as usual, but I am glad that I was able to really start to focus on what I wanted to accomplish rather than worrying about all of the troubles that I had with my elbow. So another week down, and this week... let's go.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Five!

Here we go! Another week down, and another one closer to Boston and to Glass City. But first, another edition of Friday Five!
1. I had my timing screwed up for this half marathon that I was planning on running as a tune up. I thought it was next weekend. It is actually in two days, on Sunday. I text Coach Jen and we rearranged my workouts, etc, so I am ready for Sunday now.

2. J and I started watching a show called "Legion". We are only two episodes in so far, and I am real in. It is definitely my kind of show. Sci-Fi superhero shows. So if that is your thing, I recommend. Also - Aubrey Plaza. LOVE HER.

3. It was a super hectic week in the office. I am fairly certain that every week is going to be hectic from here on in. At least for the next few months  while things get settled following the sale. After that, I have no idea what will happen, but at least for now I know that I am going to be pretty busy trying to knock out all of the new changes and updates.

4. I had a solid workout this week, even with moving the days around due to my scheduling error. I had my workout moved to Wednesday instead of Thursday to give me more time to run easy for a few days to "taper" rolling into the half coming up on Sunday. More to come on the workout, because I am pretty proud of it, especially considering the fall over the weekend, and the fact that the paces seemed pretty intimidating.

5. I have watched "Trolls" more times than I care to admit. And honestly, while it is Addie's movie and she does love it, I really kind of enjoy it as well. The cast is talented, the music is fun, I love all of the bright colors... basically my taste in movies is equal to a three year olds, and I am not ashamed.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Emily v the concrete

Not sure if you have seen a few instagram posts I made this week.

Yeah... I fell down 10 steps into my shakeout on Sunday afternoon. My shoelaces were too long, and I just fell over them, even though they were tied.

I finished that run. 5 miles. Nice-n-easy pace after 18 miles the day before. I put a bandaid on my knee and manned up.

But the elbow was hurting. Kinda badly. I got through my run Monday, but made an appointment for Tuesday. And the result?

Yes... My elbow has a fracture. Now it is nothing like my previous fracture that involved a metal plate, surgery, 3 weeks in a cast, etc. This is just a small crack that should heal on its own. So while I am not wearing that sling too often, I have it for my comfort. I am also allowed to keep running and keep hitting PB. Just can't use weights or do full push ups (I have been doing them on the barre).

So at least I am still able to train, right? But it hurts, and it is NOT FUN.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Race Recap: Bockfest 5K

This past weekend was the 5th Annual Bockfest 5K, and was part of the 25th (!!) annual Bockfest weekend. It was the 4th time I ran the Bockfest 5K. I only missed the race in 2014.
This year I had 18 miles on the schedule with this 5K somewhere in the middle. I knew that I would not be super motivated to run far after the race, so I decided to try and knock out the majority of the miles before the race.

So I ran 11 miles with the Spot-ON training group (my friend Rebekah sent me the info, allowing me to join up with the group) and then two miles casually on my own before lining up at the starting line.
The race starts up hill. Considering I was already 13 miles deep into my run, I was not sure what my legs were going to want to run. Standing at the start, I decided that I would be happy with around 24 minutes.
Mile 1: 7:40
Mile 2: 7:14
Mile 3: 7:20
Last 0.1: 54s

23:08 total time for the 5K, which was tough, but I did not feel completely blown up, which I was definitely happy with. I know that my legs have more speed in them than that, and I am hopeful that I can actually RACE a 5K in 2017. Maybe Thanksgiving?

I finished up my long run with a 2 mile cool down.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Enjoying Flying pig weekend

Note: I was given the opportunity to run the Flying Pig 10K through my partnership with BibRave as a BibRave Pro. Check out BibRave to read and review races!

So, I want to take everyone back to 2012. I was a newbie runner, I had never even run a half marathon (wow, 2012... that is not that long ago!) I was signed up for two halfs (training runs) and a full marathon. The Flying Pig marathon in my city of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Me, post shower, on the couch with the medal I earned running my first marathon. It feels like a long time ago. That was my first marathon, so I had a lot to say about it, you can read that here and here.

I also ran the 5K when I was pregnant. I wrote about that here. The only pic I have from that race has all the watermarks on it, so I won't post it again.
I have also run the 10K and the relay twice!
That year the work team and I worked hard together to get things squared away to order shirts in time for the race. That was fun and exciting!

This year, to add one more race to my Spring, I will be racing (ok, let's be real... RUNNING) the Toyota 10K as part of the Flying Pig Marathon weekend! Because it will follow up two back to back marathons for me, I know racing is going to be pretty unlikely, but I am really looking forward to enjoying the race in my city and spending the weekend downtown spectating, running, and cheering!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Training Update: Week of February 27

This week was a weird week for my training, mainly because of my non-training life. Work was crazy. But instead of talking about that (at least in this post), let's look at how my training actually stacked up for the week. I am 6 weeks out from Boston and 7 weeks out from GCM.
Monday: 60 minute walk, Pure Barre. Core.
Tuesday: 7 miles and 4x 30s strides. 7.49 miles. Core.
Wednesday: OFF (tornado warnings in the middle of the night will do that to you.)
Thursday: 6 miles with 5x45s surges in the middle. Core.
Friday: 6 miles easy, Pure Barre.
Saturday: 18.08 miles including the Bockfest 5K.
Sunday: 5 miles, easy.

Total mileage: 42.57
Pure Barre 3x
Core 3x

So let's go.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Five!

How's about a little Friday Five action for the first time in QUITE a long time?

1. I spent last week out of town, and basically could not WAIT to get home and be in my own bed. Travel is tough and jet lag is for real. I am glad that travel to the west coast will be semi-rare, but hopefully often enough to keep my hands on the company and what we need to do.

2. I am reading Anna Kendrick's book. Gosh I love her. It is a part of my 2017 challenge for reading. Fingers crossed to keep up on the reading.

3. I have 18 miles, including a 5K tomorrow, which feels CRAZY. 18 miles is a whole lot of miles. but at the same time, it is obviously something that I can handle. I am looking forward to enjoying the Bockfest race, lord knows, I enjoy this this race. I have run it several times, and I like it every time.

4. Umm... I ate roasted artichoke, just salted and roasted, last week in CA. It was AMAZING. I have never had artichoke outside of in spinach dip before then. Why not? It is SO GOOD!

5. I am putting myself on a spending freeze this month. I am looking forward to seeing if I can make it work for myself. Fingers crossed for PROGRESS.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February goal progress

So, another month down! February, check! So let's keep this rolling. I am glad to get this post written on the first of the month (for once). I suppose these are all things that I am working for. Progress, not perfection.

1. Blog Posts - Goal: 150
I wrote 15 posts in February. Another solid month. 30 months total.

2. Pure Barre Classes - Goal: 150
I attended 11 classes this month. BOO! It was a crazy month. I am aiming for 20 classes in March. So I am at 24 classes for the year.  Slightly under the 12.5 needed for the year, but I am hoping to make up for that in March!

3. Running Mileage - Goal: 2200
I ran 171.29 miles in February. Crushed it. This puts me at 368.65 miles for the year. Average of 184 per month. Still puts me VERY slightly ahead of where I should be for the year. And in a 28 day month, heck that is all I can ask! Right?

4. Reading - Goal: 24 Books
I read three books. Hooray for a good reading month! So I have currently read 4/24 books for the year. Back on track. This month I read "just mercy" for a book club, "you are a badass" (which was the one that I started last month), and "kissing mr. right" which was a super speedy airplane read. Every once in a while (especially after reading Just Mercy, you need something light and quick).

So far, this is how the year has been shaking out, and I am quite pleased with that. So yahoo.