March is always a weird month weather-wise you just never know what you are going to get. This past month one week we were battling snow, then 80 degree weather and then back to cold, snow and blustery wind – the old saying “just wait a minute the weather will be different”.
While I have increased my running a lot over the last month – blogging and social media have taken a backseat to starting to look at getting either a part-time or full-time job again. Retirement is great, but with the price of everything going up (officially there is no inflation – things just cost us more) our budget is stretched a
little lot too thin. So to do the things we want to do, it is time to look at me getting a job again.
Now to figure out what I want to do when I grow up – if I ever decide to grow up so wish me luck on this job search.
Running In March
I am making fantastic progress on my 2012 running goals
- Miles Run: 160.5
- Days Run: 27
- Days Off: 04
- Longest Run: 13.1 miles on 3/26/12
- Fastest Run: 8:11 pace for 3.1 miles on 3/20/12
- Best Week: 40.69 week ending 3/25/12
- Miles walked: 106.2 – to show that I do more than just run
Shoes Run In
- Saucony Kinvara 2 – I now have 167.6 miles on these shoes. I like them a lot, but the sole is wearing on the outer forefoot and there are small tears in the upper, so I am not sure how the durability will be long-term. However, I have run longer distances with these shoes than any shoes since I was training for the MCM in ’83 in Saucony Dixons (which the Kinvara remind me of a little) and Nike Odysseys.
- New Balance MT110 – I have used these more for walking shoes this month than running trails with them, I really, really love the way they fit and how they allow me to walk. I tend to take smaller, quicker steps than I do with other shoes and my knees and back don’t hurt nearly as much as they used to, even though I am running and walking a lot more.
- Newton Gravity – So far they have been great, I have let my body adjust slowly to them and did a 7.0 mile run in them last week, so when the Kinvara 2 start to break down and bother me, I will be able to move over to the Gravitas pretty quickly. I am using them for my recovery and shorter runs.
Using the three shoe rotation above seems to be working really well and I think that the shoes will last me longer by doing it this way. I have a feeling that the MT110s might wear out a little quicker, because of all the walking I am doing in them, but that is okay by me as long as they keep feeling great. It feels good to finally have settled into the shoes I am running in, that looking for new shoes all the time was getting old.
Summary: I went waaaaayyyy over my 100 mile monthly goal with over 160 miles for the month! However, I think that it is just too many miles for my present level of running fitness, at the end of the month I was getting very tired, so I plan to cut it back to 120-130 miles for April. The long run is definitely staying and maybe even creep up to 15.0, but I don’t need multiple double-digit runs in the same week and I think keeping the others to a max of 6.0 miles or so for April will be in my best interests.
This month in a word: WOW!
- Newton Gravitas – Initial Impressions
- My iPhone Running App
- A Different Kind of Workout
- Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
- Confessions of a Middle of the Pack Runner
- First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
- Finding an Injured Runner on the Trail 3-21-12
- Snowmobile Trail Running – 2/1/12
- Marathon Poll Results and Questions
- Labeling – Runner or Jogger Does It Really Matter?
- Dogs, Trail Running and Leashes
10 and 11 tied with the same number of pageviews for the month
With everything going on I have cut way back on my blogging and time on Twitter/Facebook and Google + over the past couple of weeks. I have a few things to do this week also, so more than likely I will be making limited appearances on social media sites and I plan to write non running log posts for Monday and Thursday only for a while, once I get past the end of week and month reflections. Too much going on with trying to get the yard cleaned up, garden ready and do some job search on the side, in addition to doing some stuff with the VA.
So it should be an interesting next couple of weeks, whether I want them to be interesting or not.
A slight change to my goals – is to make sure that I am enjoying running and not letting it become too much like work.
Good progress, while I worked hard at my running, I didn’t allow it to become work. I still look forward to my runs and don’t get too wound up about them if they are not quite what I am looking for that day
This year my big goals are:
- Run 1,200 miles – I am ahead of schedule having a total of 372.3 miles through three-month.
- Run a sub 20:00 5K - This will be very tough to do, but for now I am working on my mileage base and not worrying too much about speed, in training runs last month, I ran at an 8:11 pace for a 5K, so I hope to break 8:00′s on 4/7, but I am not too worried about it either way. However, to meet this goal I will have to start doing a lot more speed work.
- Get through 2012 without any significant down time or injuries (running related or others). Just some aches and strains so far
- My unadvertised goals from the start of the year are to be able to finish a half-marathon. Ran a 2:01:44 for a training run last week, so I am way ahead of schedule for this one.
- Run a few trail races when the weather gets better – Running some trails but not scheduled for any races until Memorial Day weekend.
My long-term goal will be to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 Marathon and to run/finish Marine Corps again 30 years later would be very cool. This is one of the major goals that I have in mind for my running and it would be even more fantastic if I could qualify for Boston that same day. Therefore, I am doing a 2 year work-up to the Marathon distance, just to see if my knee will hold up.