living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

Doing my own thing ... time for February!

My “doing my own thing” theme that began to take hold in January turned into me not blogging about anything that was going on.

And that’s perfectly fine with me. Because that’s just how I’m doing my own thing.

For January, I decided to set two goals: one for life (cleaning out my attic) and one for running (getting my long run back to 10 miles).

Cleaning out the attic is a bigger effort to declutter this year. I’ve seemed to have a horrible approach to this and never get very far. But my plan right now is to take this slow and make it a much longer process.

So boxes that were previously labeled as “yard sale,” or something to that effect, are out. A bigger mess is being made as this begins, and I’m OK with this. As Christmas got put away earlier this month, several other boxes made their way out of the attic, too.

For February, my goal is to continue this process of getting everything out. I have a feeling this will continue into March, too, as I essentially want to touch everything that may or may not be thrown out, sold, or kept.

For running, that goal of getting back to double digits was a challenge with the ups and downs of the weather all month. The first half of the month didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I really turned it all around at the end of the month.

And YES, I hit my goal on the final Sunday of the month. 10.1 miles DONE … the first time hitting that mark in nearly two years. And January was my highest monthly total since January 2017.

As for a running goal in February, I debated on several things, but as I continue to set my sights on the Blue Ridge Marathon in April, I know how important these long runs are. So for the second straight month my focus will be on increasing my distance to get to 14 miles for a long run.

While that may seem like normal progression (and admittedly maybe not enough for marathon training with the race just a little more than two months away), 14 miles is a HUGE milestone in my return. The last time I ran farther that than was the Disney Marathon in January 2013. The last time I ran farther in a training run was October 2012.

So February, let’s do this …