February in Review

Total Miles: 58.8
Total Races: 0

Lowest monthly miles since April 2011. First no-race month since August. 

Total Time Working Out: 17hr, 30min

Lowest since October 2011. 

Whatever. It’s winter, I don’t have a goal race until early May, I got sick, etc etc etc. They can’t all be banner months.

Brewery Tours: 1
Themed Parties Attended in Costume: 1
Musicals Seen: 1
Classical Concerts Attended: 1
Elites Met: 1
Days Spent Apart From My Husband: 15

Amtrak Chocolates Oscar Party

Screen shot 2013-02-23 at 6.12.13 PM Untitled Chicago marathon kick off

valentines day nails Untitled Breakfast number two #FatTuesday rainy run

Picking up my husband from Amtrak, Half-off Valentines candy, Oscars Party
CRB Beer Run, Broadway in Chicago, Meeting Dathan
Valentines nails, lots of snowy runs, Fat Tuesday, rainy runs too

Best February Searches:

  • how many people run hot chocolate 15k [too many]
  • do runners have a life outside running [not really]
  • bugs runner eat [it happens, I assume we mostly eat gnats]
  • sick of expensive marathon registration tired too expensive [I hear that]
  • and a few different searches that I assume led to this pic that I uploaded but I don’t think I ever used in a post:


February’s goal:

Stop wasting time. This is always a work in progress. I made this goal both to increase productivity and enjoyment of life.

Progress on 2013 goals:

Don’t spend more than $500 on races for 2013. I registered for the Quarryman 10. Last year’s “participants” were able to register for a deeply discounted price because last year’s race was cancelled the morning of. So now I have spent $338 on races for 2013.

Finish my first relay race and my first trail race in one piece. We had our first official Ragnar Team Meeting. We finally agreed on a name/theme, we’ve assigned our legs and our packing list, and we are starting to reach out to sponsors.

Run 1,300 miles for the year. RunningAhead.com tells me that I am 70.3 miles behind my pace bunny. Oops.

Weekly strength workouts. I did four total, but they were all in the first half of the month.

Move out of my parents house. Still focused on cutting spending and paying down debt. I was able to switch our auto insurance and cut our monthly payments in half while keeping the same level of coverage. However, we didn’t do so well on tracking our spending. But, we did have a mini-windfall, and made a significant payment on a credit card instead of doing something fun. Although our anniversary is next month (6 years? When did that happen??) and we’ve tossed around the idea of doing a cheap long weekend somewhere.

Read 12 books. I read Sarah’s Key. It was a good book, very engrossing, but a very sad story.

March’s goal:

Take Olive to the vet. I have a confession. I am a terrible pet owner. I don’t take Olive in for regular check-ups.

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10 Comments on “February in Review”

  1. February was only 28 days, so of course your totals are automatically going to be 5% lower than other months! I like the “Hot Chocolate” search. I was just thinking today about why the race is so popular, when there are lots of problems with it. One conclusion I came to is that there are literally 50 to 100 hundred of runners a day who run by the lake wearing their Hot Chocolate sweatshirts/jackets. That race gets free advertisement for 4 or 5 months a year on the most popular running trail in the city. I think that’s how I initially became aware of it.

    1. I think it’s definitely one of the most over-hyped races out there. And I think with the whole “CHOCOLATE!!!” angle, they attract a lot of non-runners, and what runner can skip a race that a previously non-running friend is interested in doing??

      1. Yeah, you nailed it. Lots of my non-running neighbors headed down for the Hot Chocolate last year (probably mostly for the Chocolate) and I tagged along last year to check it out with them. Guilty as charged! However, I am interested to see if they will actually make improvements over last year, or will they rest on their laurels and keep raking in the cash with minimal effort?

  2. Ahem. Forest South is open 7 days a week. Open til 8pm during the week, 6 on Saturdays, 9-3 on Sunday.
    Of course that is what I would focus on. 🙂

  3. Regardless of high/low mileage- you still had a good month. Heck you’ll probably be even stronger in march due to a nice cutback.

    6 years of marriage is awesome! You’ll definitely have to post about possible long weekend getaways around here. I don’t know the area well and would love to see some of your options.

    CB has better health care than me. I have insurance but rarely see a doctor- minus the “womens” doc- that ones important. I havent had a physical in god knows how long. CB has a physical 2 times a year. You should take Ms Olive in!

  4. New to your blog! 🙂
    LOL @ do runners have a life outside running..
    I like your 2013 goals – I used to read so much for enjoyment, but haven’t in a while. I need to get back into it!

  5. I hate running in the winter so my workout log has been affected too. Overall, I think you had a great month!

    I’ve been living with my sister and have been trying to save every dime as well. I’m moving in with my fiance in May and I’m already dreading the rent payment I’m going to have to make, but I’m also really excited to live together. Are you guys going to stay in the city?

    1. Actually right now we’re in the suburbs. Based on where our current offices are located, we’ve been strongly considering buying in Chicago proper. Regardless, we’ll definitely be staying in the Chicago area.

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