February was a hard month, but it taught me a lot. That seems to be the way most of life works. I began by going hard–way over the top. The numbers mesmerized me once again and I got too caught up in them. I was walking a lot, but I didn’t really feel like I was making much progress. I didn’t feel as well as I did in the fall. Then the snow came, along with a difficult emotional patch, and I slowed down–way down.
After about a week the weather, my humor, and my energy improved. I began again by walking outside. Immediately I began to feel my energy and enthusiasm returning. From this experience I have learned to combine treadmill work with power walking outside. The hills in my neighborhood are challenging, and I think they build up different muscles and make me stronger. By the end of the month I was able to run a mile and a half on the treadmill without stopping. This was half a mile more than my goal. I also finished in the top ten in my fitbit group in all three categories, so I am satisfied with those results as well. Early in the month I was trying to stay in the top three. This is not reasonable. I averaged just a little over five miles a day and I broke in a new pair of shoes.
These days I am trying to alternate outside power walking with inside treadmill work, including running every other day and doing an endurance run once a week. We’ll see how far I can get by the end of March. I’m learning about stretching, pacing, controlling my breathing, and making the music on my iPod match my pace. I need to go ahead and sign up for the Runway Run by the end of the month. Around the middle of February I was beginning to doubt that I could do it, but now I feel more hopeful. I am also learning that a good run helps keep my emotions in check and my attitude positive. Who knew? Onward!