I’m going to do things a little bit differently than my other Monthly Recaps since this month was waaaay low on the mileage (somewhere around 60ish) and high on the resting. Which is okay by me. I raced hard and needed to give myself a break after the Phoenix Marathon. I’m prone to experiencing burn out, or injury, after big races and wanted to be sure that didn’t happen again.
I’ve moved to running primarily on trails, which has been a ridiculous amount of fun.
I’m enjoying the change of scenery (pun not intended) from road running a lot. I tend to get sucked into running the same routes day after day, especially during marathon training when most of my runs were happening before the sun was up. It’s been nice to run after work and run on trails near the house, or venture out on my days off and experience new trails and all that Flagtown has to offer.
I’ve also moved my long runs to Mondays. After the marathon ended, I realized that I’ve been training non-stop for over a year now–I ran 2 goal marathons in nine months. That’s a lot of time spent out on the weekends running, and not spending time with my boyfriend and friends. With my current work schedule, I have Sundays and Mondays off. Everyone else and their mother works a normal Monday-Friday schedule (with the exception of J), not leaving me a whole lot of time to hang out. Especially if Sunday was busy with a long run. So, I switched my long runs to Mondays, which gives me an opportunity to go out on a Saturday night if I want to, spend Sunday lazying around with J and then have Monday to do all my weekly chores, including running.
In March, I really made an effort to enjoy my new marathon-training-less life. Without the restricton of “oh, I have to get a long run in tomorrow…” I was able to enjoy my Sundays off. There were back to back weekends with two of my best friends, a day-trip spent wheeling with J-Money and friends, birthday parties, and happy hours with my girlfriends. It was lovely.
That said, I am ready to get my mileage back up. I feel happiest running 25-30 miles a week. It keeps me sane, keeps me feeling good and allows me to eat my nightly bowl of ice cream guilt free ;). I also have a few easy races on the horizon that I want to enjoy.
Overall, March was about recharging. I needed a mental break from long distances, rigid schedules and paces. I’m looking forward to April being full of sunshine, hours spent in my running shoes, and some more new experiences out on the trails (with maybe a tad bit less excitement).
So far, 2015 has been a great year for me in running, and I’m really looking forward to continuing that momentum through the spring and into the summer!