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March 2, 2011

Previously On MM…February 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:28

I’m going to copycat echo Aron and say BUSY was the word on the month for February.  Or STRESSED.

Still got the running done though, despite feeling a bit off during my workouts and my drive to hit them hard.

Totals? Here you go!

  • 345.7 miles
  • 51 hours 21 minutes 9 seconds
  • 8:55 Average Pace

This is only .3 more miles and 7 minutes less than January.  Talk about consistency! Digging back to 2010 I ran 390.5 miles in February.  So I was down some (mainly because I’ve been *gasp* taking rest days!) but I ran these miles 8 seconds faster on average.  Considering that I’m training for the exact same race as I was this time last year (Boston baby) I think that’s really good.  Sure, I could probably be hitting workouts harder (like I’ve been complaining about forever it seems) but overall a good solid month.

This month my training *really* began and I hit 4 interval workouts, 4 tempo workouts and only 3 actual long runs (hello cutback week).  Considering that this month has exactly 4 weeks in it, and we got about 30 (?) inches of snowfall, I’d say not too shabby.

Whenever I say the phrase “not too shabby” I think of this song. Yes, I’m weird.

What else besides running was I up to this month?

Well stress ( so I’m going to really have to think about what I’ve been up to!) and dealing with massive snowstorms every week, but I went to Philly to…ummm….do some activities to shake it off.


And got to see some really cool medical stuff at the Mutter Museum.  I really want to go back there!

I also really got into rockclimbing and took out a trial membership at the climbing gym. The membership ends in the next few days so I need to come up with the cash money to keep going! It’s been great for XT and my arms / legs are getting more of an “athletic” look rather than “runner” look. I like it. Especially since *fingerscrossed* spring / skimpy clothes season is soon!

Because I was really stressed I didn’t really cook at all.  I relied on other people to feed me.  But that’s what friends (and roomies) are for right?  BUT I did make some really good “Crack Bars”

as well as Chili (repeat of a recipe from….December according to when I posted it)

But to relieve my stress I did get some lovely mail! AKA I got my WR trophy and my updated Boston confirmation.  Which helped my waxing and waning motivation to train (which a lot of you made some really insightful comments on my last post which I shall muse over when I have more time to think / mull them over and develop my own thoughts on them!).

Yes I know I put both of these images up recently. Deal.


So a mixed month for sure. I’m sincerely hoping that things calm down a bit.  I mean, I love being busy and having stuff to do but there is definitely such a thing as TOO MUCH of a good thing! Upcoming in March is the monster month for training so it’s time to get serious about my workouts.  Hopefully in my next post I’ll be able to recap the hard (yet decent) tempo I did the other day and the long run or intervals that are supposed to shape up tomorrow.

Happy Hump Day.  Now I’m off to rockclimbing? Fingers crossed!


  1. SO MANY MILES! You are amazing.

    I would also like to echo the STRESSED. That would have been a perfect alternative for busy for me too 🙂

    Comment by Aron — March 2, 2011 @ 18:35

  2. Wow. Those miles are amazing!!! I can’t imagine! I’d be stressed from that many miles! Haha!! Great job!

    Comment by Detroit Runner — March 2, 2011 @ 19:00

  3. For someone with so much on her plate, you are rocking the training! Lots of great miles in there, along with those rest days.

    I love that museum in Phila–so much cool stuff, huh?

    Comment by MissZippy1 — March 2, 2011 @ 19:29

  4. Let me add that one day, Charlie Sheen’s brain may be in the Mutter! ; )

    Comment by MissZippy1 — March 2, 2011 @ 19:29

  5. I seriously feel like you just posted a monthly recap… yeah… that’s how quickly february went by! Geez…

    I’ll second the “stressed” feeling.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 2, 2011 @ 20:12

  6. Yes! Stressed! I swear, February was a blur. What was it about that month? Also, I’m tempted to unfollow you due to the repetitious photos, but you’re just so darn cute, I’ll have to keep you in the G-reader. Deal.

    Comment by sarah — March 2, 2011 @ 20:38

  7. wow I doubt Ill even run that many miles in 6 months! You go girl

    Comment by Ashley — March 2, 2011 @ 21:28

  8. Good for you for finally taking rest days!

    Comment by Jess — March 2, 2011 @ 22:33

  9. lemme see…345 divided by 4…put the 8 on top, 32, subtract 2, bring down the 5, put three on top….83 miles and change per week, you earned those crack cookies (I mean bars)

    Comment by danny — March 2, 2011 @ 23:23

  10. Sounds like another great month! I want those crack bars!! Yumm 🙂

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — March 3, 2011 @ 08:27

  11. I’m thinking that stressed is going to be the word of the month for me this month. Way to get out there and train through the nasty weather.

    Comment by Chelsea — March 3, 2011 @ 09:40

  12. You’re a MACHINE!

    Just tagged you for a blogger award!!

    Comment by K — March 3, 2011 @ 10:26

  13. Great February…who wouldn’t those kind of miles AND crack bars?!?!? I’ll take it (minus the stress, have enough of that myself). Here’s to an upcoming amazing March!! 🙂

    Comment by Jill — March 3, 2011 @ 10:40

  14. Nice work this month!! Hope you enjoyed those crack bars and chili (silly statement, of COURSE you did!)

    Less than 2 months to Boston for you. Woo Hoo 😀

    Comment by Lisa — March 3, 2011 @ 11:05

  15. Holy crap…that many miles? You are amazing….

    Comment by Laura — March 3, 2011 @ 11:37

  16. Yowza – that is some mileage, lady! I hope this month is calmer for you in terms of stress – the monster month is stressful enough! 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — March 3, 2011 @ 18:30

  17. You’re a machine, girl! Keep on keepin’ on!

    Comment by Terri — March 3, 2011 @ 19:28

  18. seems like a great month to me, well as far as running goes! Here’s to a STRESS FREE march!

    Comment by lindsay — March 3, 2011 @ 20:07

  19. Great month girly!! Hopefully March will be less stressful for you!

    Comment by J — March 3, 2011 @ 20:41

  20. Awesome month! I’m continually amazed. Hope March is a little less crazy-busy!

    Comment by BostonRunner — March 3, 2011 @ 20:59

  21. I’m impressed on how well you keep track of your runs and that you reference old stats. Very nice!

    Comment by Megan — March 3, 2011 @ 23:03

  22. Personally I like the photo behind the Dallas award. Nice to see the avg pace fall! I need to quit being a pansy and get back into hard runs for reals. I’ve gotten wayyyy too comfortable at just-running. I could be a professional 4-hr marathoner… We need to be friends in real life.

    Comment by Lindsay — March 4, 2011 @ 08:32

  23. Life is having a full plate, and girl…aren’t you richly nourished? I think that sometimes, we “stress” because that is what comes naturally. I’ve come to realize, when I am overwhelmed, that i am always CHOOSING my life and my loves….everything I do, I try to do with intention, and a sense of WOW…I GET to TRAIN. I GET to WORK. I GET to read. I GET to buy my food….does that make sense?

    Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

    Dr. Seuss quote

    Comment by specialkphd — March 4, 2011 @ 11:35

  24. I do the same thing with “Not to shabby!”

    I am amazed by your awesome mileage!

    Comment by Kim — March 4, 2011 @ 14:33

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