March Rewind

March is finally over and we are on to my favorite month, April! I’m officially done with snow, and ready for sun and 70 degree temps. Actually I’ll be happy with anything over 40 degrees at this point. Let’s take a look back and see how the month went.

Miles run: 63

Races run: 3 (St. Malachi 5 Mile, Strongsville Super 5k, Spring TRAINing 10 Miler)

Miles biked: 0

Favorite Workout: 3/27- Hill Repeats

Books read: 0

Places traveled: 0

New recipes: 0

March was productive in running, and that’s about it. I didn’t travel, didn’t do much reading outside of magazines, and cooking was the same thing every week. But I did a lot of running and racing, and I’m so glad to see my numbers are up.

I ran more in March than I did in January and February (not combined) and I have no doubt that I’ll be able to reach 80 miles in April. High hopes here. I haven’t run that much in a month since last August. I can tell that the miles I’m putting in are paying off, my pace is quicker and my times are dropping. I’m also feeling a lot stronger than I thought I could.

I checked on my yearly mileage, and after the first three months I’m at 161 miles. With a goal of 600 for the year, I only have 439 miles left. If I keep up my mileage, I will easily beat that before the marathon this fall.

March was also full of racing. I ran three races, one with a friend, one as a training run, and one to test out my speedy legs. I enjoyed all of them and will most likely keep them on my race schedule for next year.

And my favorite workout from March was my hill repeats from last week. I’ve been craving hills for a while, but with the snow, conditions just haven’t been right. I finally got the chance and had a blast. I’m definitely looking forward to hill repeats this summer.

So there we go, March was pretty much just filled with running….and a ton of snow. I’m excited for April and will hopefully have a lot more miles, races and break out of cabin fever!

How was your month of March? Hill repeats, love them or hate them?

March Rewind

I am so excited to be writing this recap. March is over, which means April is here! April is hands down my favorite month of the year, and not because it’s my birthday month. The weather allows us to hopefully break out those shorts on a weekly basis, trees are turning green and the race schedule starts to ramp up! I usually dread March and feel like it is the longest time of the year, but this time it wasn’t so bad. I was crazy busy all month between work, working out and planning out the next couple of months. Let’s take a look at the numbers for March.

Miles run: 39

Races run: 2 (Lakewood Irish Jig & Jog 5k and Avon Sole to Soul 5k)

Miles biked: 5

Books read: 0 (About 30 pages of Best of Me)

Places traveled: 0

Unnecessary purchases cut down: Well….

New recipes: 1 ( Barbeque Chicken)

My running and racing went up a  bit from March. Not only did I add more miles, but my pace got quicker and I even ran an adult PR in the 5k. I’m really excited that I’m able to get my times down again and hoping that this can continue into April. However, cycling went down hill this month, no pun intended. I need to get back on the bike, and maybe even get outdoors. Living 2 miles from downtown gives me the opportunity to bike to so many shops this summer, so I want to make sure I can handle it. I also added Yoga-lates to my schedule this month. I wasn’t sure I’d like it at first, but it gives me a great way to cross train, and to do some major stretching. I’m signing up again for another month of Om.

Things that didn’t stay on track this month? My reading. I only read about 30 pages of my book, which is awful. I’ll be traveling in April, so I know I’ll get a chance to read more. I just don’t want sitting on a plane to be my only reading opportunity. I also spent a little more than I had anticipated this month. With a new season, comes new clothes, so I may have purchased a few new outfits perfect for spring. What else is perfect for spring? The giant sunroof in my new car!

Blue skies anyone?

Blue skies anyone?

Let’s just call this an early birthday gift and continue to save money like my original plan. Sounds good to me! I’ve got a pretty laid back month coming up with an exciting vacation planned to Colorado. Funny, that’s also a birthday gift….

Happy April! And watch out for the jokers today!

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