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March 3, 2010

Monthly Recap: February

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:40

I officially like doing these monthly recaps much better than weekly! It’s really nice to see how my training varies (or not ha) on one page. And oops for putting this up 3 days into March but hey, I was lazy in February and didn’t keep a running tally in my (handwritten) logbook haha.

But before I get into it I had the most demoralizing run this morning.  You know how I said the weather was going to stay nice and spring like so it was okay that I was on the tm yesterday? Well the weather gods decided to smite me and I got basically a blizzard.  I still stuck it out outside but man was it tough and I felt like it was a total test of my character. Snow, a bit of hail and a helluva lot of sleet.  Ugh.

That plus the intense intervals from yesterday made the pace sooooooooo slow. Obviously what my body needed but still very tough to handle looking at such a slow pace.  Add that to the clutter in my brain from some heavy life stuff and well…hopefully this doesn’t turn into a funk!

I do have some tempo miles on tap for Thursday (tomorrow) so I’m hoping that perks me up a bit 😀

Although again: weather gods WTF?!  When I last checked it was suppose to be nice butttt now it’s looking like snow/rain mix. Blahhhh.

Now onto looking back at February (although  Mel’s having a pretty cool giveaway):

Week of 1-February to 7-February

  • 97.8 miles
  • 14 hours 32 minutes 43 seconds
  • 8:56 average pace
  • Core 2x, Full Body Lifting 3x, XT 1X

This was a tough week.  I nixed the hills in my intervals session because I was feeling burnt out on them which I think helped my tempo later that week and I nailed my paces.  But the LR was mentally tough. I guess this was a character building week as everything seemed a bit tougher than it should have.  I was having a tough time sleep and stress wise so I’m sure that was a factor too.

Week of 8-February to 14-February

  • 100.4 miles
  • 15 hours 13 minutes 1 second
  • 9:06 average pace
  • Core 2x, Full Body Lifting 3x, XT 2X

Hollllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  100 mile week. BAM.  So proud of this week because I pulled off 2 stellar quality runs and one (the tempo) that was totally acceptable, just not outstanding.  The pace is over 9:00 for the first time this cycle and I think that it’s a combo of an overall slower tempo but also because I’ve been taking recovery runs VERY seriously.  If I’m going to be attacking as hard as I have been (both in intensity and mileage) then I need to keep being smart. Goal for next week: back off a bit as my run on Sunday was a bit sketch but I was determined to get that 100 🙂

Week of 15-February to 21-February

  • 95.2 miles
  • 14 hours 28 minutes 34 seconds
  • 9:08 average pace
  • Core 2x, Full Body Lifting 3x, XT 2x

Okay so I guess I was semi-successful in cutting back.  I meant to cut back more but I got carried away with my interval session and LR.  Not the biggest deal ever and I think it’s pretty significant that I was able to have a week that didn’t top the previous one.  Very good sign mentally, even if it was only 5.2 miles. I also was slightly slower than last week (which I attribute to a less than stellar tempo that I ended up calling a steady state run) but I think, in hindsight of course, that it was a positive to the week, especailly coming off a 100 mile week.  This was also the week that my shin starting bugging out a little (after the long run) so I switched completely to newer shoes. So hard for me to do but a potential injury is NOT worth it.

Week of 22-February to 28-February

  • 97.1 miles
  • 14 hours 38 minutes 16 seconds
  • 9:03 average pace
  • Core 2x, Full Body Lifting 3x, XT 2x

Okay so another great week.  I was really hoping for a sub-9 average pace given how awesome my tempo and intervals were but I guess I didn’t account for the fact that it would impact my recovery runs.  Couple that with an “eh” average pace for the LR (which I’m not disappointed with the run itself as a whole, but rather the first 12 miles or so) and I guess that 9:03 is what I should have expected.  I kind of wish I had run just a bit faster one of the days to get rid of those pesky 3 seconds.  What can I say: I’m a numbers chica.  But other that that I am THRILLED with how this week went.  Maybe the numbers don’t tell the whole story but it was definitely one of the most solid weeks I’ve had throughout this cycle.


  • 390.5 miles
  • 58 hours 52 minutes 34 seconds
  • 9:03 average pace

Again with those pesky 3 seconds! Overall I’m very pleased with the month.  I got some really hard workouts in, stuck to keeping a weight routine AND hit my first ever 100 mile week.  I secretly wish I had run a bit extra to hit 400 miles buttttt that would have required an average of 100 miles per week and I don’t think I had that in me.  Came close though and I’m happy with how it all went down.  And WOWZA I spent a lot of time running.  Guess I don’t really think about how much it really adds up.  Craaaaaazy.

Heading into March, and the Monster Month, I’m looking forward to having more intensity and, likely, more miles. And I say: BRING IT.


  1. Awesome month! I managed to eek out less than half that (175) and that was my monthly PR. Even if you had a sucky run today, you are still one of my inspirations to run longer!

    Comment by Nick — March 3, 2010 @ 19:06

  2. You beat me by 8 miles! Damn! I got you in speed though 😉

    Comment by Matt — March 3, 2010 @ 19:17

  3. Congrats on such a stellar month. Suggestion on the recovery runs … leave the watch at home. You know the distance and that’s really what matters. If seeing a slow pace puts you in a less than positive mood, then bag the watch. Eliminate anything remotely negative, especially heading into monster month. You hammer the intervals and tempos and do a great job of listening to your body. Therefore, there really is no point keeping time of a run that by definition will be much slower than all the others.

    Comment by a marathoner — March 3, 2010 @ 19:35

    • Yeah, I hear you. I just like having all that data for my weekly totals. Some days I won’t check the clock until hours later which helps but I love my numbers too much to just not bring the watch!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 4, 2010 @ 16:42

  4. Yes to Nick’s comment! You are an inspiration to push a bit harder! What an awesome month! Although March Madness (!) is upon us, I have a feeling that APRIL is your MONTH!

    Comment by Running on Faith — March 3, 2010 @ 20:17

  5. Wow, awesome mileage! I got 200 done for February and was so ecstatic. I can’t fathom 390! Congrats to you!

    Comment by The Laminator — March 4, 2010 @ 01:37

  6. goodness!!! more mileage and intensity?? i’m super excited to see your upcoming workouts. MONSTER MONTH. I LOVE IT. 🙂 march madness babyyyy. i agree with all the above. mayjahh inspiration going on at marathon maiden 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — March 4, 2010 @ 07:59

  7. WOW, you put in a lot of miles!!!!!!! Great job!

    Comment by Kim — March 4, 2010 @ 10:12

  8. If that’s a normal month, I’ll be curious to see what a monster month looks like.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — March 4, 2010 @ 11:00

  9. I am completely and totally in awe of you right now. Holy cow girl, you are amazing!

    Comment by runningfiance — March 4, 2010 @ 12:06

  10. 390 miles!! 3-9-0 miles! Ok i dont think i ran that much in my whole senior year of track!! and that goes for indoor and outdoor! Basically you are a running god! Oh and tell those weather gods to listen up and stop blizzarding! It felt like spring this morning. I dont even know how to describe it but the air is changing!!!

    Comment by J — March 4, 2010 @ 12:26

  11. I am so amazed at your month! I think it is more than my whole year. 🙂 Great job!!

    Comment by Ameena — March 4, 2010 @ 12:43

  12. You had a great February! I’m totally in awe of your numbers! Good work!

    Comment by Laura — March 4, 2010 @ 13:14

  13. That is a bad ass month. Lord! I especially like your 95-mile cutback week. Bahaha. And it is so interesting to add up the hours you spend running. I hadn’t thought of doing that, and I’m not sure if it would make me feel good or…like I’m wasting a lot of my life running.

    Comment by sarah — March 4, 2010 @ 14:17

  14. UM. OMG. Flippin amazing month! I think my monthly totals are like your weekly totals! You are amazing!

    Comment by pen — March 4, 2010 @ 15:23

  15. […] — marathonmaiden @ 16:36 Awww you guys are soooo nice for saying awesome things about my February mileage! Way too kind.  Each of your comments have made me […]

    Pingback by Funk & Another TM Tempo « MarathonMaiden's Blog — March 4, 2010 @ 16:36

  16. […] February: 390.4 miles (9:03 avg pace). I honestly cannot really remember anything remarkable about this month.  Nor can I find a picture for it.  Oops. […]

    Pingback by For Once I Feel Content With the Past 12 Months « MarathonMaiden's Blog — January 4, 2011 @ 08:24

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