- Total run miles for March: 306
- Miles run, year to date: 792.5
- Number of races in March: 2
- Longest run in March: 20.7 miles
- Highest volume week in March: 82 miles
I was excited to be in the 270s for mileage in February, but shocked to see that I crested the 300 mark in March! Well, not totally shocked because I did run some serious high volume weeks, but March goes down as my highest mileage month ever. I’m excited and proud! Once again, I can truly say that each and every mile brought me a lot of joy. Even the ones that came post big toe debacle.
I told you last month that February was my favorite month running in a long time. I didn’t think it could get much better, but it did. March, though it was windy and sometimes dreary, was like a dream. I kicked off March with a 10 mile race at the end of the first week. I was really excited to run that race, exceeded my expectations and finished in 1:05:31, which was something like a four minute PR and earned me 2nd overall female. It made me feel much more confident in my goal for Boston.
A few weeks later, I also ran a big 5K PR – it was big for many reasons. I hadn’t touched my 5K PR since 2014, and it was a PR by 38 seconds. It was a large local race, and I won first overall female there. But most exciting of all, I finally broke 19 minutes in the distance and ran an 18:48.
March was devoted to speed, high miles, and my peak week. I had some really great workouts and races in there. Some of the workouts were the scariest workouts I’d ever attempted, and then finally the workouts began to back off as I headed into my taper. I saw my first 80+ mile week (my peak week), and I felt great the whole time. I got to do some really amazing runs with friends, but also spent some good time on the trails/roads by myself.
I did a serious overhaul on my diet back in January and I feel really good about how I’m eating. I lost 13 lbs since January 4th, and I’ve done a ton of cooking. I’ve been diligent about eating healthy and clean throughout the week, but allow myself to indulge in goodies on the weekends. I still mow down pizza on Friday, and make non-Paleo “comfort” food on Sundays for dinner (this past weekend was Chicken and Dumplings, yum!). I did a “What I Ate” style post a few weeks back to talk a little more about my eating habits.
In the pole fitness world, I’m finished choreographing a routine to a song for a competition I signed up for. Though what I have is rough, I finally posted a video of it:
At this point, it’s all a matter of just practicing the routine and cleaning it up. So hard, but so enjoyable. It’s the hardest strength training I’ve ever done, and it often means I have days where I do double workouts to fit in Boston and pole training. The competition is on 5/21.
The bad news of the month was my toe injury, caused by a fall in pole class. I’m hopeful that it will continue to heal as the days go on and that Boston will be unaffected, but it is a bit of a concern and I’m trying to stay positive.
I continued my StrongBody Streak through March, and I legitimately did at least 15 minutes of strength training every SINGLE day – this has been going on since the beginning of February. I told myself I’m allowed to break the streak the day before Boston, so I want to make it until then 🙂
Moving forward to April, I have a few goals – some old, some new!
- Injuries: Heal my TOE! Be diligent about icing, taking natural anti inflammatories like turmeric, and being mindful of it during all workouts.
- Strength training – stick with my 15 minutes each day. I will break my streak for Boston, but after some recovery I plan to pick it back up.
- Diet: Continue with a clean diet until after Boston, and allow myself to indulge in some TREATS!
- Pole Fitness: Perfect my pole fitness routine for the competition.
- Recovery: I haven’t talked about it, but I am running the Kentucky Derby Marathon on 4/30 (oops!) for fun and to knock a state off my list. However, I want to focus on recovery post Boston with foam rolling, massages, ice baths, Epsom salts, and easy miles. I had a poor experience after Hartford with my calf and want no repeats of this. May is going to be completely devoted to recovery and will feature some zero mile weeks. Honest!
- Instagram some more fun pictures as the weather gets nicer!
How was your month? Any goals for March?