I might not have blogged much in February, but I was still getting my workouts in!
Miles: 89.09 (+ ~42 miles in the pool)
X-Training: 8 swims
Rest Days: 4
New gear: Newtons! Of course I actually got these in January, but didn't get a chance to run in them until this month. So far I'm really liking them, but I'm limiting myself to one run a week.
Smart return to running - My original "return to running" plans were derailed when I still was having butt pain when I started running again after my three week break. I started PT and am working diligently to get my right glute to do what it is supposed to do. Fortunately the PT didn't tell me that I needed to stop running, so I've delayed my return to the track and logged lots of easy miles.
Swim - I'm happy to saying that I met my goal of swimming 2x a week. I'm finally getting back to a happy place with swimming and I like it.
Planks and strengthening exercises - It wasn't quite what I envisioned, but my PT assigned me a number of daily strengthening exercises and stretches that I've been doing religiously.
Non-workout goal: Continue the apartment cleanup - I didn't get much done with this. I'm not sure what happened, but the month got away from me.
February was most certainly not the month that I was expecting. I was looking forward to a glorious return to running and had planned that by the middle of the month I'd be back at track and tempo workouts. Unfortunately, my body had other plans and I started PT instead. Given that "situation," I'm very pleased with the month I had. I still managed to run almost 90 miles and finally got myself back into a good swimming routine. I feel like I'm making progress in PT and I'm committed to doing whatever it takes to get my right glute working like it should.
(All of these are going to sound familiar)
Keep swimming! - The 2x a week schedule is working out well and I plan to keep it up in March
Smart running - I'd like to increase my mileage this month and keep on steadily working on my base. I feel like I'm close to the point where I could introduce a bit of speed back into my running schedule. I know that I need to be very careful about this and hyper-aware of how my body is responding. There's no need to rush this and cause more problems down the line.
Stretching and foam rolling - I'm not sure how many more weeks of PT I have ahead of me, but I know that even once that is over, I am going to need to keep up the stretching routine. I also know that I need to be better about using my foam roller on a regular basis
Races: None. I do plan on getting out and spectating some local races this month!
Non-workout goal: One of my "personal" goals for 2012 is to volunteer more. I have a few places in mind, but so far I haven't taken the time to reach out and get started. I will do this in March.