So here it is, the end of February – the end of the second month of 2015 already! The time is flying by and much like how every page that gets turned brings us closer to the monster at the end of the book, each month that goes by brings me closer to my 40th birthday goal race. It is very much like a big scary monster to me, yet I know that just like loveable furry old Grover, it is really nothing to fear (especially if I train hard).
This month has been a big test of my mental strength, will power and desire to do Ironman 70.3 Muskoka. This month has been the coldest month I can remember! Environment Canada says our average daytime high was -8.2C (17F) and the coldest day was -25.5C (-13.9F). This was the first year in over 30 years where we did not go above 0C (freezing) at all. Here’s what I looked like after this morning’s run:
Weather aside, this month brought some additional challenges.
Hubby was out of the country Monday to Thursday every week for the first 3 weeks of February, leaving me to try and balance all of the kids sports with my training and work. The first weekend of February I was down for the count with Strep, then on February 2nd we got hit with a big snowstorm. While I was home that day with the kids, I bent over, picked up a sticky note funny, and injured my low back. I don’t know what I did to it, but for the next 10 days I was in a pain/spasm cycle and I was in a muscle spasm induced scoliosis:
Miraculously it healed (pain/spasm cycle ended with rest, ice and LOTS of Robaxacet), and by February 12th I was back running again and feeling 100%! Yay!
My running total for this month was a measely 62.3km + 15 dreadmill km’s. I also managed to spend 3.5 hours riding my bike on the trainer, and did 3 strength workouts.
Tomorrow I hope to end the month with an early morning 20k, most likely on the dreadmill at o’dark thirty. All in all it’s been an interesting month – there were ups, like this week’s training, and there were downs. In many ways I’m happy to kiss February goodbye and say hello to March, and hopefully some much better weather!
How was your February?
Are you ready to say goodbye to winter too?