February has been a month, and not necessarily in a good way.
Well, I digress. It hasn't been all bad, but it has had it's moments. Maybe a few 'fessions will help clear the air and ease my mind.
Shall I? Shall we?
Okay, here goes....
Let me freeze-fess, I've seen much warmer days. In case I haven't mentioned it, February's weather was frigid. The first 21 days saw (almost daily) snow, wind, sub-freezing temps and did I mention snow? When the temps finally broke on the 22nd (only after a last-ditch effort - five more inches of the white stuff - on the day prior), it felt like a tropical paradise. Ironically, two days later, the temps were feeling cold again. It took every bit of my love for Max to walk him (twice) in the 33F temps and wind...but, I was quite thankful those 33F temps were a good 60-degrees warmer than they'd been just a few days prior. It's all about perspective, my friends.
Let me friend-fess, the runs with Barb were on the scarce side in February. Due to the extreme cold, a couple of our Saturday runs didn't happen (Milly to the rescue LOL). But, just this week, we resurrected our mid-week #5at5 routine! Don't forget, those mid-week 5-milers came to a crashing halt mid-August (#StressFracture). Even when I was able to resume running, two months later, I had to take things easy as I built back up to the 5-mile distance. Although I had gotten back to the 5-mile distance for my Saturday "long runs," it wasn't until this week when I felt ready to increase my Wednesday run from four miles to five. Let me tell you, it felt like we'd never had a 6-month sabbatical!
Let me daylight-fess, that life is really good right now. I am so thankful for the extended daylight, especially after work. I don't feel like I have to rush home to beat the sunlight or the "daytime" temps. Trust me, those temps usually feel much colder, in the late afternoon, as the sun sinks behind the trees and buildings. Been there, done that.
Let me walk-fess, my walking kind of tanked in February. While I did keep my commitment to get outside every day (which I've been doing since before my winter run streak's start on Thanksgiving), there were many a February day when that outdoor walk was the bare 1-mile minimum. A few random days may have seen an additional (short) treadmill walk, but oh how I have missed the carefree power-walks outdoors. Trudging through frozen slush and/or thick, wet snow (often fighting severe wind) makes for a good workout, but it's not very enjoyable.
So, there you have it. A few 'fessions for February, and I already feel much better. Onward!
Anything you'd like (or need) to runfess? Have you been enjoying the increased daylight? Have your temps warmed up some? Ever had a stress fracture, and found yourself paranoid it would happen again?
I'm linking this with Marcia for the monthly Runfessions link-up.