Along My Run | 14 | March Randomness

Five Things that happened along my run in March.

1. I ran in snow. While snow is not abnormal for March, we received over 10" on March 1. Of course, I ran in it and determined that running in 10" on un-plowed streets was really exhausting. That morning I elicited comments from neighbors ranging from "That's hard work" to "You go!" to "You are absolutely crazy".

2. I ran in the dark again. And in fog. With the time change to DST, the mornings are dark again. I normally don't run in the fog when it is dark out, but that day, I had friends running with me, so we all braved it together.

3. I ran two 20-milers. Yes, it's part of marathon training, but these runs were particularly hard - I was nursing a foot injury during the first one. After the second 20 miler, I came down with a huge cold, which tells me my immune system was already weak and running set it over the edge.

4. I ran in shorts and a tank top for the first time this year. Being in Florida made this possible.

5. I ran to the Southern Most point in the US while visiting Key West. Just to say I did it.

March 2015 Runs
1. slowly drifting, 2. Into the White Abyss, 3. Last Week of Morning Daylight. Need to enjoy it while we can , 4. Bundled Up This Morning. Waiting for Spring, 5. This Route Again, 6. Spring Thaw, 7. 20 Milers Through the Woods and Along the Prairie, 8. The Last Quarter Mile is The Hardest But Worth It In The End, 9. Ventured out of the neighborhood and caught this , 10. Sunrise in Key West, 11. Way Down South, 12. Another Great Start

Because of my foot injury (extensor tendonitis) and late March sickness, I'm feeling a bit behind in my marathon training. With the race less than 3 weeks away, there's really no time to do much more other than try to get my lungs back to normal (my asthma flared back up when I got sick), build back some of my cardio fitness and hope for the best.

March's Running Stats:
Total Miles: 113 (out of planned 144 - ouch!)
Average Pace: 9:24 Minute / Mile

This Month's Running Quotes:
We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.
– Jesse Owens

Runners understand this, this deep desire to cultivate resilience. It transcends the repetition of our gait and gives meaning to the stride of life.
– Kristin Armstrong

I will finish this mile. I will do something I never thought I'd be able to do. So I do.
– Jennifer Fliss

And this - so true -
That's the thing about running: Your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.
– Kara Goucher

Lilly's Mom  – (April 10, 2015 at 12:52 PM)  

I so admire your perseverance. It must feel to satisfying to see what you have accomplished. I love the snow pics, too.

kathy b  – (April 10, 2015 at 3:50 PM)  

Love the Keys. You are making big progress for someone who had an injury.

Amy at love made my home  – (April 10, 2015 at 4:37 PM)  

Wow, the first running themed Five On Friday I think! How great is that!!! I love your neighbours cheering comments while you ran in the deep snow! That sure is commitment. I hope that you do well in the upcoming race and that your health will be good. Thank you so much for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

knitbakecultivate  – (April 11, 2015 at 3:25 AM)  

wow that is amazing. We often run in the rain as we have a 'rain or shine' approach to running and get out there and just do it, and think of the nice hot shower at the end. You are amazing running in the snow! That is a whole new extreme for me. Good luck with the marathon, that will be a real achievement.

Mrs Tiggywinkle  – (April 11, 2015 at 9:54 AM)  

Hello Shirley, I've called in via Five On Friday. Lovely photos, especially the last one. x

Jennifer @ Running on Lentils  – (April 23, 2015 at 6:41 PM)  

Not sure how I missed this, but I love your monthly recaps. Lots of great milestones! The second photo is my favorite from this series.

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