Tuesday, March 31, 2015
See You Next Year, March!
213 miles... that's how far I ran this month. I couldn't believe it when I saw the numbers after I synced this morning's run (which was awesome, BTW).
Compare that to March 2014 when I ran 81 miles, trying to prepare for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. At the end of the month I had just started straight running instead of run/walking, and I was running 4 days per week, doing 1 day on the elliptical (which would transition later to my 5th day of running), and strength training 2-3 days per week. My long run was topped out at 9 miles. All of my running miles were just easy miles.. I did no speedwork at all.
Oh what a difference a year makes, huh?
I have to admit: I'm kind of sad that this is the highest number I'll see until probably September. It truly is all downhill from here, when it comes to the Pittsburgh Marathon, anyway. Starting this week, both my medium long runs and my recovery runs decrease in distance. I have a cutback long run this weekend, and then next Saturday is my 3rd and final 20 miler. And then - it's taper craziness! April looks like it has "only" 182 miles in store for me. I've worked really damn hard to get to this point. I never thought I would be here today, that's for sure. I also didn't think I could sit here and tell you that I think I could do more, and depending on how the next 5 weeks go that may play into my decisions for the fall.
But for now I'll say farewell and thank you, March 2015. This month I was pushed harder and farther than I could have imagined and I gave it my all. Let's hope it pays off in a PR come May 3rd.
JASR 2015 - finishing the 30K. Any time I have a smile on my face when my foot hits the finish is a win!