Pimento’s “Yes, I’m Still Running!” Training Log, February & March 2017

So continues my year of not training and not racing. We’ve had a pretty hard winter for the Pacific Northwest; more snow days then I can remember in a very long time, and long stretches of lots of rain in between. I am trying to run when/how much/as fast as I feel like that day. Although some people might call that just a bunch of junk miles, I call it intuitive training.

Toward the end of February, my intuitive training was slipping precariously back into training-mode, topping out over 60 miles in a week with several weeks of 16+ mile long runs. Why? Because that has been my go-to mode for years, and it just didn’t feel normal to not be running that much. Also because my insomnia ramped up and my stress-level in general was high, too. I know that if my mileage creeps up, this is usually in direct proportion to my anxiety levels.

I purposefully cut back for several weeks in March (down into the upper 30s/mid-40s range). This coincided with a stomach virus that took out each of my kids and my husband, so that worked out, as I was otherwise engaged, cleaning up barf in the car and shuttling bowls from couch to sink.

Throughout March, I ran with my dog more, ran on trails more, and started taking my daughter out for bike rides on her tag-along bike that attaches to mine. We live at the top of a big hill, so those 10+ mile rides shred my quads in a new and fun way!

Although I’ve let my consistent core routine slip since CIM (yes, I realize that was four months ago…) I’ve climbed back on the core wagon and am trying to add more #extrasalt to my routine. I am terrible about stretching or rolling so I add a carrot or two to motivate myself to do any of that!

Next month is a fundraiser 5k for the Humane Society, and I am planning on running that with my Yorkie, Scout. Just for fun and to donate to a good cause, and to kick some larger dogs’ rear ends and shock people who think that little dogs are just for purses! Well, and to actually run a 5k, which I’ve never done surprisingly. Between now and then, I’ll continue as I have been on my intuitive running plan.

February: 203.71 miles, two days off

March: 200.23 miles, one day off

2017 mileage total (at the end of March): 605 miles

I'm an elementary P.E. teacher with a long-term, ongoing marathon addiction.The next big goal? Keeping up my BQ streak while aiming for a 3:10! I write about the not-so-glamorous side of running and fitting in serious training with a family while staying sane(ish).

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