The March Run Down

March! I’ll cut straight to the chase: I ran 105 miles in March! After reevaluating my goals, and getting rid of my year long 1100 mile goal, my knee continued improve, and I had lots and lots of fantastic runs in March!  Read up on previous months’ run-downs here: January, February.

Between my knee feeling so much better, my glute feeling just about 99% better, and really enjoying my runs, I end up running twice as much in March as I did in each January and February! I ended March with 105 miles, which puts my yearly total at 211.  I still am sticking to my plan of not aiming for a specific number for the year, I’m happy with just running and doing what I can! I biked/cycled 105 miles as well (yesterday when I had 105 miles biked, and had 100 miles running, I knew I had to do a 5 miler to even them up!)

During the first week of March, I traded in my old bike and bought a beautiful (used but new to me) bike. I named her Aspen.  I’ve ridden my bike to work several times, and taken her out for a few bike rides this month too.  My longest ride was a 10 mile ride to Missouri and back! She’s a Trek seven.three, and I love her!

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I’ve continued to take cycling classes a couple times a week at the Athletic Club of Overland Park.  Since I ran more in March than I had in January and February, I didn’t take as many classes, and some of the classes I did go to, I only took half the class, so that I could also run.

I somehow only ran with the KC Running Co. groupies twice in March! Between some chilly weather, some scheduling conflicts, a race, and going home for a weekend, I only  managed to get to the Groupies twice!  I did run with friends numerous times, which makes up for missing so many Groupie runs.  I also had my second race of the year, the Whiskey Run 5k, on March 13.  I ended up not running as quickly as I wish I would have, but had a pretty good race, and a dang good breakfast after the race!

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My longest run of the month was 8 miles, which was actually broken up into a solo 5 miler followed by a 3 mile run (5k, actually, for the virtual 5k for Rett Syndrome) with Momma and Shay puppy, in Hays, on March 26.

The entire month, I’ve run a bit longer than previous, during each run.  10 of my runs in March were 5 miles or more!  I think that adding a mile or two to my normal 3-4 mile runs has really helped my endurance, and my mental strength!  Though I’m not aiming, specifically, for 100+ miles each month, I definitely like being able to do some longer runs without feeling like it’s so taxing.  I guess that’s called progress!

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Looking forward to April, I have two races, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon on April 9, and the Trolley Run 4 miler on April 24.  Rock the Parkway begins my 3 half marathons in 3 months, and I’m hoping my knee is up to the task!  Do you have any races coming up?

March Run-Down:
Running: 25 runs, totaling 105 miles.
Cycling: 7 cycling classes, 5.5 hours, and several bike rides, totaling 105 miles.
Longest Run: 8 miles, Mar. 26.
Races: Whiskey Run 5k.

22 thoughts on “The March Run Down

  1. After three years of running at least 1,000 miles in each, I’m not even looking at my mileage this year. Maybe on December 31 I’ll see what I totaled, but I’m feeling a lot less anxiety right now. Also, marathon recovery, for me anyway, pretty much kills the month following, so I don’t think I could try for a given number since I wouldn’t have one of the months to contribute.

    As for my next races, I have a little something in St. Louis on April 9 and then a little something in New York City on November 6. I may do a half marathon in Kentucky in May, but we’ll see how the legs feel after that St. Louis escapade.

  2. Yep, it’s a full in St. Louis. Supposed to be one of those mythical “flat, fast” courses, but all of the recaps I’ve read mention the hills after mile 20 (you know, when you’re already a walking wounded).

  3. I’ve got Run Like a Diva half coming up towards the end of this month in Galveston… after that it is Running with the Cows half in May when I come up to KC to visit my family.

    Trolley Run was always my favorite race of the year when I lived in KC.

  4. Yay! I was very nervous for you when your knee was bothering you. Glad you’re doing well to get it healthy and get those miles in!

    I’m working toward my 20 day streak badge on Smashrun! I’ll get it on Sunday then I’m due for a break. I’m looking forward to ramping up and seeing if my plantar-fasciitis-prone feet can handle a 10K in June.

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