February is done and was, compared with other years, one that was fit for running. Warmer than usual, almost no snow in Toronto. The six days I spent in DC gave me some exposure to the elements.
Also this month, I took a 'rest week' that was really needed, going down to 20 miles the second week of February. I was run down and needed a break.
Otherwise, I did log in some necessary mileage, now up to 164 miles on a monthly basis, compared with 183 miles in January.
With 50 days to go till the Boston Marathon, I'm feeling good that my fitness is at a decent shape to run a marathon. Racing it, i'm pretty sure, is not in the cards.
Take today's 20 miler, my second of the month. I started off really rough, my calves were tight and I had to stop to stretch several times. After about 10K, I started to loosen up and started to up the pace. By the end, I fit the run in 2:48:31 about two minutes faster than another 20 miler I did in early February.
March is THE month before the taper: I have three races, a 5K in two weeks, a half marathon in three and a 30K in a month. All three will sub in for much-needed quality work.
Meanwhile, the splits and map from today's run.
Time taken: 02:48:31
Average/Max Speed : 7.13/10.79 mph
Average/Min Pace : 00:08:25/00:05:33
09:10:27 1.00mi 00:08:59 6.68mph 10.6mph
09:19:57 1.00mi 00:09:02 6.64mph 7.9mph
09:29:54 1.00mi 00:08:44 6.86mph 7.3mph
09:38:58 1.00mi 00:08:54 6.74mph 7.3mph
09:47:52 1.00mi 00:08:59 6.67mph 7.5mph
09:56:52 1.00mi 00:09:15 6.49mph 7.6mph
10:06:29 1.00mi 00:08:39 6.93mph 7.5mph
10:15:09 1.00mi 00:08:33 7.01mph 8.5mph
10:23:56 1.00mi 00:08:11 7.33mph 9.0mph
10:33:16 1.00mi 00:07:57 7.54mph 10.8mph
10:41:48 1.00mi 00:08:12 7.32mph 10.8mph
10:57:03 1.00mi 00:08:23 7.15mph 8.1mph
11:05:26 1.00mi 00:08:18 7.22mph 7.7mph
11:13:45 1.00mi 00:08:15 7.28mph 7.9mph
11:22:25 1.00mi 00:08:03 7.44mph 8.1mph
11:31:00 1.00mi 00:08:12 7.31mph 8.2mph
11:40:19 1.00mi 00:08:04 7.43mph 7.8mph
11:48:25 1.00mi 00:07:57 7.55mph 8.1mph
11:56:22 1.00mi 00:07:47 7.70mph 8.3mph
12:04:10 1.00mi 00:07:52 7.62mph 8.5mph