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February Recap

Posted Mar 04 2013 6:00am
February Re-Cap:
Miles Run: 200.27 Miles (- 0.07)
# of Runs: 19 (-12)
Avg Miles: 10.54 (+4.08)
2013 Total Miles: 400.61

Month Starting Weight: 159 lbs.
Month Ending Weight: 158.4
Weight Change: (-0.6)
Pounds To Goal: 3

Race/Run Results:
Twin Mountain Trudge: 4:23:44 - 4th Place - 9th Fastest Time in Race History
Frozen Dead Guy 50K Fat Ass: 6:57




Discussion
The DietI'm going to have a post coming up soon that discusses my diet and the trials and tribulations therein. February started with Super Bowl Sunday. I gained 4 pounds.. in ONE DAY. It then took me 3 weeks to shed that extra weight. I'm happy with my current weight at the end of the month and how things are looking. While my weight loss wasn't exponential in February, I'm starting to see the transformation of my figure. My thighs/quads and calves are getting bigger. My abs and breathing muscles are getting stronger and in turn.. these areas are causing a bit of weight gain (from muscle gain). While I continue to slim around my waist, face, chin, etc. So.. I expected this. After a huge January, I leveled off a bit weight-wise in February, didn't move much, but continue to transform based on this healthy diet. I feel great, have more energy, sleep better, have healthier skin and hair. All the promises I read about before I started. Totally worth it. Still eating a green smoothing for breakfast every day. 
You can tell the tan went away over the winter.

The RunningAs expected, February was a tough month and I'm proud to say that I fared pretty well. Listening to my body has become a key in my training plan. I missed 2 runs during the month, had two less days of training, and exchanged one run for a 3 mile hike instead. Somehow.. I still managed to run 200 miles and came just 8 miles shy of my goal of 208. I'll take it. Those who recently followed my posts "By The Numbers" will recognize that I'm still very much on track. February was colder, windier and snowier in the Front Range. Three things I could care less for. Even still, I held on tight and got the miles in, then performed well in a race for the first time since the 2008, Vermont 50. Yes.. it's been that long. My goal mileage for March is 240 Miles. The highest total monthly miles I've ever recorded was in May of 2008 at 239.85. I'm looking to break that this month.

March PreviewHaving started my training back in October, it's hard to believe that March is all ready here. I'm excited because I've been able to track and measure my progress since October and the results are pleasing to say the least. Everything is working again. Everything is in sync. March features the last local Fat Ass of the series with the High Line Canal 100K. 62 Miles of flat boring rail grade from the Southwest Denver Metroplex to Northeast Denver Metroplex. March 16th, it is peak week and the culmination of our buildup for the Rockin' K 50 Miler in Kansas on April 6th. Which means that the first 2 weeks of March are high miles, peak training, followed by the High Line Canal Run and then taper time into our first official ultra of 2013. I'm excited because that April 6th Ultra is the first real test for our Vermont 100 preparations. That race will allow us to truly gauge where we are in our Vermont 100 training and where we still have to go.
This Month's Motivational Video.
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