Blue Skies

It hit me over the weekend that Valentine’s Day parties are already this week. It’s already the second week of February. How did that happen? So, we’re busy making Valentine’s for class parties at the end of the week. I finally decided on this cute idea that I found over on Pinterest.

Valentine |

Who doesn’t love a s’more? Of course the example online was a little fancier than mine but this will work just fine for us!

Last week was a great week of running and probably my highest mileage since marathon training in the fall. 25.5+ miles of running with two beautiful runs outside. It warmed up toward the end of the week here which was just in time to get some outside running in over the weekend. I’m thinking of switching my 2 non-running days to week days so I can get out more on the weekends in the fresh air.

Blue Skies |

Clear blue skies on a warm winter run outside just can’t be beat. I’m completely ready for spring now with this little taste of warmth!


Weekly Workouts

Daily Mile |

Monday: 3 miles (9:28 pace) + 15 minutes Kettlebells & Core Work + 15 minutes Relaxation Yoga

The treadmill, kettlebells bright and early in the morning and relaxation yoga with my husband in the evening.

Tuesday: 5 miles (9:03 pace) + 15 minutes Relaxation Yoga

My 5 by the 5th virtual race. (read about it —->here) A 5k with a warm up and cool down to make 5 miles even.

Wednesday: 1 mile (8:35 pace) + 30 minutes Spin Bike + 30 minutes Strength Circuit

I started with a warm up on the spin bike then moved right into a Jillian Michaels strength circuit that I have. The circuit has me on and off the treadmill and so I clocked a mile on my ‘rest’ day. Oops! Then I hoped back on the spin bike to cool down before foam rolling a little bit.

Circuit Training |

Thursday: 4  miles (9:13 pace)

I was dreaming of warmer weather on my treadmill run this morning. As much as I’m extremely happy that I own a treadmill, I’m ready for spring and early morning running outside again!

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 9.03 miles (10:06 pace)

A long run on a beautiful and sunny day. I felt slow today and my legs were heavy but it felt great to be outside.

Sunday: 3.5 miles (9:54 pace)

An afternoon neighborhood run in the 70’s today. It was almost too warm. Almost. Shorts in February are fantastic!

Sunny Sunday Run |


Weekly Run This Year Update

Run This Year |

My goal for the year is to race shorter distances but I’m going to Run This Year again in 2015! I’ve signed up for the ‘Run all year and win prizes option’ Ha! I’m probably not going to make it past 2,015 kilometers like I did last year but I’m still hoping to get a lot of miles in throughout the year! 2,015 KM is 1,252.06 miles or just 104.34 miles each month.



Weekly Running Miles: 25:53

February Running Miles: 25:53

2015 Running Miles: 130.29

2015 Running Kilometers: 209.68

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  1. Tina Muir says:

    Awwww valentine parties, how cute! Wish I could go to one of those, love the smore packages though! I love that quote at the end, I could not agree more, what you want the most….you will put yourself in a path to accomplish that. keep up the good work with the running, yay for rock n roll!

  2. Allie says:

    You seriously just reminded me that I have to do Valentine’s for the boys’ class this week!!! They have been out of school so much that I almost completely forgot about it! I also love that idea but not sure we can hand out food at school…so crazy.
    Great training week for you!! Keep it up!

    • That exact thought hit me over the weekend. I can’t believe it’s here already! I know, everything these days needs to be prepackaged or a non food item. Luckily at our school (a preschool) this is still okay. Thanks, Allie!

  3. Laura @ This Runner's Recipes says:

    Those valentine s’mores are too cute! I’m jealous of your blue skies, it’s been all gray skies where I live. You had an awesome week of training, great job! Hopefully you can continue to have beautiful weather to run in this week!

    • Thank you, Laura! The blue skies are nice, especially when it feels like we’ve had grey for so long. It’s a little cooler here now but still above freezing so I can’t complain. Have a great week!

  4. Michelle C says:

    That is a really cute idea! This is the first year I have to hand out valentines and I was struggling with what to do. Andrew picked out a skittles kit that has cards and candy and stickers so I guess we are going to go with that. Now to explain to him that he has to give them out and not keep them LOL! I am so pumped about this Kansas weather. I have had two days where I ran in shorts and a t shirt and have sweated (and chaffed, urgh). I am LOVING this winter!

    • Giving away treats is such a hard concept for the littles to learn! :) Kansas has been beautiful! Even though it’s cooled down a bit today it’s still not bad out at all. I agree, running in shorts in February is the best!

  5. I don’t know how I didn’t realize until last night that class V-Day parties are tomorrow. I’m not nearly as creative as you are, I hit up Target this morning and bought two boxes of card/sucker combo cards. The thought of making 50 of anything (2 out of my 4 kids are in elem school) was enough to pay anything Target wanted :)