I was going to post a March recap yesterday but, as usual, life got in the way. And since I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to really tally and keep a recap updated this month (I tend to start the recap at the beginning and fill in the deets as each week passes) I think I’m just going to share March as a whole:
- 432.4 miles
- 64 hours 57 minutes 3 seconds
- 9:00 pace
First off: HOLY MILES BATMAN. This is definitely a monthly mileage PR. Granted the first 4 full weeks of March (the 1st – 28th) were all in the “Monster Month” of training and thus each were 100+ miles. I think that’s impressive to say the least. Also impressive (or maybe not depending on your P.O.V.) is that the shin situation was at it’s worst this month and the last few days on March were all XT’d.
I was also thinking lately about March as a whole in terms of my life and I’ve come to the conclusion that March as a test of my strength across all disciplines.
- School: Well I’ve been very busy on this front. It seems that any time I’m not running (or blogging ha) I’m doing work. Before spring break it was basically: every time I’d turn an assignment in another one came straight at me. Like a rotating door. Especially with experimental physics; each week was a 10+ page lab write up, and once we finished one report we had to start the next experiment. Spanish has been more of the same, lots of busy work. And remember last week? Yup, quantum took over my LIFE with that exam. Plus I can honestly say that I haven’t really worked on my Capstone research much but only because I’ve been doing all that other work not because there isn’t any. Blahhhh
- Running: Monster Month really took it’s toll on me. By the end of the month not only was I worn physically down but mentally as well. All this culminated with the 20 miles from HELL
- Body: I think my shins and PT deserve their own bullet and if you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I’ve been battling shin aches all month which are frustrating. But the upside is that as of this week (which I’ll talk about below) I think *knockonwood* that I’m on the upswing. Also under body: sleep. I can’t remember the last night I got a “good” night sleep: defined by at least 6 hours in bed — I’ve totally changed my standard of sleeping well, at this point even 6 hours of interrupted sleep is a blessing.
- And bullet # 4 is just because 4 is my lucky number.
(And sorry if this sounds complain-y. In my head it’s not but rather a physical list of things that I’m proud I’ve gotten through.)
And speaking of the shin: I just got back from PT and the right shin (the one that the Rx is actually for) is 100%. Sure I can feel a bit of bruising when I really press hard on it but my PT said that she doesn’t feel any damage and we didn’t stim it today. Hizzah. The left shin? Well it’s still got lots of edema there and my PT is just “amazed” at that. BUT that’s what she said about the first shin when I first saw her. So I’m hoping (and genuinely believe) that the swelling will go down very soon.
Also, the left shin is pretty much pain free. On Wednesday I wrote about my test run and how I was paranoid about any pain or aches or whatnot but regardless I was going to run on Thursday. Well I did and it went well. I ended up with 10 or so miles, all VERY SLOW, and with some aches in the left shin. No pain and it was such a relief not to feel the way I did over the weekend (aka in MUCHO pain).
I kept the pace slow (which damn near killed me because Thurdays are tempo) because
- The shins hurt a bit when I go fast (like speedwork fast). Obviously faster = more pounding = more impact. And even if they didn’t hurt in the moment, it was the smart choice because this way I’m likely to be able to run more.
- My body (aka my leg muscles) just didn’t want to go faster. I think that this week I’ve worked HARDER than ever before with all the XT and earlier this week I was going for the same time (roughly) that I would spend running which tuckered out my legs.
So like I said my shins ached a tiny bit after running yesterday. Maybe I was overzealous with the miles but whatever. I do what I want 😉
I also hit up the weight room because in all my woe-is-me sans running I realized I hadn’t lifted in a week! It felt good to be pumping iron again even though I can sometimes find it tedious.
Anyway, this morning (well really the realization came last night) I knew that I should arc train again. But the INCREDIBLY nice weather was tempting me. So I made a compromise: half the workout on the arc and half outside running (as I had PT today I figured I could get away with it as she was going to work me good with massage and stim at the end of the session) . I think it worked out well and there was no pain running and went a bit longer than planned 😉 I even ran pretty fast too. The pace felt natural and smooth. Most excellent.
I’m hoping that this feeling keeps up over the course of the weekend. It’s suppose to be GORGEOUS out. And, if it’s anything like today, it’ll be some amazing weather. Maybe not the best for running (likely on the hot side) but still I will take the sun and warmth where ever I can get it. BUT (and many people have been putting this out there on their blogs lately) WEAR SUNSCREEN!! Wicked important. I am sooooooo bad with this but, as a runner who will run in the midday sun whenever I can, I need to be more diligent about it. In fact, it’s one of my 2010 “resolutions”
So get out there and enjoy the weekend! I was watching the national forecast at PT and I think almost everyone is going to have some spectacular weather tomorrow and Sunday 🙂