March kind of left me in a bit of a tailspin. There was a lot of racing, plenty of fun times with family, and some cathartic moments as well.
Care to hear more? There's plenty I'd share with you....
I'd share with you how Fate has a way of working its magic into my life, often at the most opportune times. For example, this past weekend. I had been registered for the Chocoholic Frolic since before Christmas. It was a new-to-me event, and I had been looking forward to it. The race was in Iowa City (an hour away), which is home to the University of Iowa (the hubby's and my alma mater). Did I mention that our son is a student there, as well? Or that his fraternity recently planned a mom's weekend on the same weekend as my race? The timing was impeccable. My race went well. And I had a great time hanging out with the son.
Something else I'd mention is my extreme gratitude with my recent races. When I took on the challenge of three 10K's over the span of three weeks, it crossed my mind (ever so briefly) that it might be cool if I could run each subsequent race faster than the previous one(s). In all honesty, I really didn't think I could do it...but the Leprechaun Chase (56:13) went better than expected in non-stop rain. The Heroes Memorial Run (54:51), an evening race in downtown St. Petersburg, FL, surprised me with my fastest 10K finish in almost four years. But, last weekend's Chocoholic Frolic (53:57) really took me by surprise, especially considering the crazy wind I had to battle along the route. All three of these races had unique and challenging conditions, and each one felt progressively tougher. Somehow, I was was able run each race progressively faster....that kind of feat has never happened before in my running shoes.
Another thing I'd tell you is how good it feels to be able to run, and to do so on my own terms. A lot of runners (most, actually) log many more miles than I do. High mileage works well for many runners, and I totally respect that. I don't think I'm lazy (ha ha ha, I'm actually quite active every day and struggle with getting enough sleep), but my body seems to embrace the low/moderate mileage routine. I seldom ever run more than 20 miles/week, nor do I record many century mileage months (unless I'm i the throes of 26.2 training). I have come close a few times, but I have never broken the 1,000 miles in a year either. I often times feel shamed for not "running all the miles," but I'm quite content with what I've accomplished with my low-mileage way of life (just look at my last three races, for example). After all, I'm not an Olympian...why should I train like one?
How about you? Anything you'd like to share? Would you be drinking coffee, or something else? How did March play out for you?
Since it's the first weekend of the month, I'm linking this with Deborah and Coco for the Ultimate Coffee Date.
I'm also linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up.