February was a pretty decent month for running…at least the first half was. Sometime around the middle of the month, the back pain started returning. I saw my doctor and I’m getting another epidural Monday morning.
I managed 65 miles of running for the month. I’m pretty happy with that, considering it is a short month, and I am only averaging three runs a week (not counting my daily mile at lunch on the days I’m working). I worked my ‘long run’ up to 6 miles. I’m only increasing it by 1/4 mile each week. I’m tossing around the idea of a spring/summer half marathon, so I might need to increase a bit faster.
Unfortunately, I still haven’t been in the pool. My work schedule doesn’t allow me to get there during the times the pool is open. However, my almost-6-month orientation is complete and my schedule opens up a bit now, so I’m hoping to be able to find the time to hit the pool again.
Speaking of work, I had a second weekend of ‘buddy call’ toward the end of February. I was really hoping that it would be a huge confidence booster and I would feel ready to tackle anything that comes my way when I am on call by myself. Well, I certainly wouldn’t call it a confidence booster. I still feel like I have so much to learn. During the days, I know that there are people around and I generally don’t worry too much. If I have questions, or I can’t find something, I can just ask someone. But when there is a procedure in the middle of the night, my options are much slimmer. To say I am nervous about my first night of call (next week) would be an understatement.
I am still really enjoying tae kwon do. I will finally promote to a high white belt next weekend. I feel completely ready and I can’t wait to start learning even more skills. My favorite part of tae kwon do is kicking. I love feeling strong and powerful with a great roundhouse kick. I can’t wait to add the spinning and jumping to my kicks! Jaden enjoys giving me his ‘advice’ on how I should be doing things in class. I think he is really enjoying being ahead of his mom.