I’ve been out for awhile, because it has been an insane month. I know I keep trying to recommit to blogging regularly, but when I have to cut something, it seems to be the first to go. I have still been reading everyone’s blogs and working out though, so I’m not a total loss. 🙂
February was an exciting month! The first weekend was a very social one. Friday we went to dinner with a friend we hadn’t seen in awhile. Saturday we went to Indianapolis–Dustin wanted to help his friend he used to work for by helping him catch up on some projects, so I went exploring the city. I intended to start with a run, but I saw a sign for an indoor farmer’s market, and I decided to check it out. It was really cool! I had no idea that this was a thing, but it was very popular and there were some great vendors.
After the farmer’s market I went to Broad Ripple to run on the Monon Trail. I had 4 miles on the schedule, but I figured it made sense to just do my long run instead because it was nice out and I had plenty of time. I ended up doing 10 miles–it was fun to run in a new place! I was starving afterwards, so I went to the Broad Ripple Pub and had delicious food and beer while catching up on some work. 🙂
That evening we went to dinner with Dustin’s parents as my belated birthday dinner. The next day was the superbowl, so we made some great food (potato skins, queso fundido, and stuffed mushrooms) to bring to a friend’s house. What a game! Fun weekend to start off February. 🙂
During the week, I had my first personal training client! I was very nervous about it, but it turned out really well. The rest of the week was insanely busy getting ready for a trip to Colombia. Saturday, my friend from Chicago was in town, so we did a long run together. We ran 10 miles together and it flew right by–I wish I had more running friends because that was much more enjoyable than a long run by myself!
Sunday was a travel day. I left Indianapolis around 6:30, and didn’t arrive in Colombia until 10 pm! I had a long layover at Houston Airport, so I ate some good food, found an empty place to work for awhile, ate some more good food, and walked all over the entire airport.
Monday and Tuesday were both work days at the University, so I didn’t get to do much exploring, but I did get some great views. Bogota is such a beautiful city! I ran 3 miles on Tuesday morning, which felt pretty hard way up at 8500 feet. 😮
Wednesday, Dustin arrived to Bogota. He couldn’t take off the entire week, which was fine since I had to work the first few days anyway. We took the morning off to eat breakfast, walk around the city a bit, and take a nap. 🙂
I went to the University to work in the afternoon, and then in the evening we went to the top of their most famous mountain, Monserrate. You can drive to the top, but we took a cable car to get the full effect of the steepness of the mountain. The entire experience was so gorgeous! At the top we had a traditional snack of arepas, tamales, and hot chocolate. 🙂 The views were incredible.
On Thursday we went to the Gold Museum, which is one of the famous museums in Bogota. You learn about the history of gold (and other metals) in the area, and about the origin of El Dorado. Very interesting! We spent some time walking around the city, and had a great morning!
Friday we again walked around the city, and also visited the Casa de Moneda (a Colombian currency museum) and el Museo de Botero (the museum for the famous artist, Botero). We went to a Brazilian place for lunch (yum!) followed by more ice cream. 🙂
Friday evening, my advisor was back from another city in Colombia, so we all went to dinner together. I had more ice cream because I couldn’t pass up these beautiful creations!
Saturday was probably my favorite day in Bogota. We started with a hike up a mountain next to Monserrate. It’s not quite as tall, but it was still a good challenge that ended with amazing views.
Afterwards, we went to play tejo, a popular game in Colombia. It was so much fun!!
When we were done with tejo, we had a delicious lunch of traditional Colombian meals. After an afternoon nap, we took a taxi to a more Northern part of the city, and had dinner with the professor from Javeriana University and her parents. It was really neat to see a different part of the city, and to get to talk to more Colombians. 🙂
Sunday we spent the day travelling back to Indiana. Our last flight was delayed, so we didn’t get back to Indianapolis until after midnight.
We went to Dustin’s parents to pick up Nova (who was very excited to see us!), and decided to stay the night.
We woke up early Monday and drove back to school in extremely dense fog–scary! The next few days were a whirlwind of trying to catch up on homework and preparing for a conference. Wednesday evening I left for a regional conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I had never been there before, but it was a cool city! We went to two breweries and a distillery, I ran around the city on Thursday morning, gave a talk on Friday morning, and we were back to Purdue by Friday afternoon.
I spent the weekend catching up on sleep, and getting some good runs in. On Sunday I ran 12 miles and felt great the whole time. I averaged less than 10 min/mile (9:51) which hasn’t happened in awhile for a run that long, and that was after a solid 5 mile pace run on Saturday with an average pace of 8:48. I’m really hoping to be able to break 2 hours at this upcoming half!
On the last day of February, I had 800 meter intervals on the schedule. I really, really, REALLY did not want to do this workout. I was worn out from the weekend, cycling the day before, and a short weight lifting session in the morning, plus it was rainy/dreary, cold, and windy outside. However, I convinced myself to go out and just run a little bit. I gave myself permission to do only 2 intervals (was supposed to do 6), and then I could come home. Once I did 1, I knew I could do at least 3. For the 3rd one, I ran further away from my house instead of turning back, ensuring I’d do at least 5. For the last one I had to run around my neighborhood, but I got all 6 done! I was so proud of myself for sticking it out AND I was happy with my time. I averaged 8:16, which was about what I was shooting for (I said anything under 8:30 was fine, but was secretly trying to hit 8). Woo for improving mental strength! 🙂
Overall, February was a pretty awesome month. 🙂
Total mileage: 75.5
How was your February?
Any upcoming races that you’re training for?