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April 1, 2011

Previously On MM…March 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:06

What is it that they say about March? In like a lion, out like a lamb.  Well if I remember correctly (*cough**cough) March 1st was windy with a high in the low-40s.  Which is nice.  Last night was a bit like this


Big, fat, snowflakes.

Not quite the lamb I had wanted.  Maybe the expression was more for my mental state as I started the month overstressed and all crazified.  And, knockonwoodRIGHTNOW, it’s alleviated and I’m in an excitement mode. I did a lot of detox from my life this month.  It feels good.

That said, that’s pretty much it. No trips happened this month, no recipes to share.  Mostly because I didn’t blog much! But, as I mentioned above, there are lots of good things going on right now that are keeping the bad stressors at bay.

I did run.  A lot. March saw my surpass 1000 miles for the year.  That’s goodness right?

But that might be the only goodness as March is also the month of injuries apparently.  Last March (in 2010) I was plagued by such bad shin splits that I ended a race in tears and was sent to PT.  This year, well I skipped out on racing a bunch of races that I thought I was going to do, and managed to avoid rehab PT.  And this time is was the IT band, not playing nice.

I guess I should also share some numbers for March?

  • 401.3 miles
  • 64 hours 52 minutes 33 seconds
  • 9:42 pace

Despite being injured I managed to log big miles.  Maybe that’s why I ended up being injured in the first place: too many miles coupled with really intense speedwork.  Granted, there are 31 days in the month so it doesn’t average out to 100 miles / week BUT the first two weeks of the month were 100+.

And the pace is slow (to me) because I dropped speedwork after session on the 5th of March, first due to being sick and then the IT. Essentially missing out on Monster Month altogether.

So maybe not such a stellar month. It was kicked off with a bang, a good MP run (or rather what I thought MP was going to be at the time), and it ended with a very encouraging long run yesterday getting really close to the  upper end of the 15 I wanted, coming in at 14.7 miles.  All pain free.

I’m hoping that this bodes well for April.  I mean, I do have this little thing called a marathon to run.


  1. ….you’ve already passed 1000 miles. Holy.crap.
    I feel like a slug.

    Comment by Laura — April 1, 2011 @ 14:29

  2. 401 miles for March and over 1000 miles for the year?? I give up…LOL

    Seriously, hoping that you have an AMAZING run in Boston.

    Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — April 1, 2011 @ 15:03

    • Will you be there at all? I want to finally meet you “coach” 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:48

      • I’m afraid not–no trip to Boston this year. Sorry! 😦

        Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — April 6, 2011 @ 08:11

  3. My pace may be killer but you’ve easily got more endurance than I do! You’re gonna tear up Boston!

    Comment by Nick — April 1, 2011 @ 15:11

  4. Awesome mileage! So excited to see how you do in Boston, I’m going to have to live it vicariously through you this year!

    Comment by Jenny — April 1, 2011 @ 15:44

  5. wow! I’d like a little cold temp here please. it’s HOT 0_0

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — April 1, 2011 @ 15:45

  6. +400 miles in MARCH WITH an injury MM = Machinelike Marathoner.

    March was lion-lion here in Pullman, WA. If you can avoid moving here, I highly recommend it! 🙂

    Cheering for you on 4/18!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — April 1, 2011 @ 15:52

  7. Dear gosh… I can’t believe you still ran that many miles when most posts this month talked about how you were cutting back and injured. I suppose you did ease up on the pace, so hopefully that’s been good for recovery. Just over 2 weeks until Boston; can’t wait to hear how awesome you do. 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — April 1, 2011 @ 16:04

    • Yeah, me either. Adding up those miles was quite a shock, like “hmmmm maybe it wasn’t sooooooo bad” haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:48

  8. Glad the last run was pain-free. Hopefully the next couple weeks will be the same! Stupid running issues…

    Happy weekend, girl! 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 1, 2011 @ 16:38

  9. huuuuge month mileage wise! wow!!! great job! and good job yesterday too! you’re gettin your groove back! just like stella…but better! 🙂

    Comment by lindslovesmiles — April 1, 2011 @ 17:48

  10. We had the big, fat snowflakes in Wisconsin today too. CRAZY!

    That’s such an accomplishment with your running!!! Definitely something to be proud of, especially dealing with an injury. Congrats!

    Comment by Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — April 1, 2011 @ 17:55

  11. Incredible mileage!! No wonder you’re feeling a tad ragged. But screw it, this is money in the bank, don’t worry about the missed speed. Just concentrate on a good taper and it’ll all come together at Boston.

    Comment by Flo — April 1, 2011 @ 20:57

  12. You must subscribe to the theory that says “if it hurts you you’re just not doing it right. Get back on and keep going until it doesn’t hurt and it feels right”.

    PS you just helped me set my new goals for May – September.

    Comment by danny — April 1, 2011 @ 21:52

    • YAY. Well I’m trying to subscribe to that theory. But my old one of “it’s gotta hurt” is still strong.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:49

  13. ok, I thought I was nuts for already being at 900 miles. now I know I still have a little bit of room to be even more nuts 🙂

    Comment by RoseRunner — April 1, 2011 @ 23:13

  14. Great job on March! Hope that IT band starts cooperating and that we don’t get any more snow!

    Comment by J — April 2, 2011 @ 08:36

  15. You made some amazing progress despite your injuries…you are a star!! Great job.

    Have a lovely weekend…hopefully our crazy hot weather is coming your way!

    Comment by Ameena — April 2, 2011 @ 10:19

  16. I have learned that pain and injury are the ultimate teachers and healers of my physical training, and I am impressed that you present yourself with ambitious, verve and pleasure. Run for that. and the rest, will follow.


    Comment by specialkphd — April 2, 2011 @ 13:05

  17. Your miles for the month BLOW ME AWAY. I mean, seriously. Where do you get that energy? I miles were so low for March and I’m hating that. You are kickin butt, girl!

    Comment by Eat:Watch:Run — April 2, 2011 @ 14:12

    • Well, since those miles surprised the heck out of me I don’ t know! hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:50

  18. You’re such an inspiration: I have IT band issues and shin splints too, and reading back over your posts has helped me so much in terms of how to deal with them physically but also in relation to adopting a more positive mental attitude.

    Excellent miles for March!


    Comment by ~Jessica~ — April 2, 2011 @ 14:18

  19. you’re so intense! great running stats there

    Comment by Katherine: Unemployed — April 2, 2011 @ 18:24

  20. You are a machine – I can’t believe how much you run! 🙂

    Comment by Terri — April 2, 2011 @ 18:45

  21. Your numbers are insane! By our numbers you run 10 times as much as me as I’m not far into 100 miles for the year, wow! I think April is lookin’ good 🙂

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — April 3, 2011 @ 17:17

  22. I always envy your numbers! Great month!

    Comment by Kim — April 4, 2011 @ 15:47

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