It’s March – Resolution Check-In

I feel like I just gave an update from January (probably because I didn’t do that until February was almost half over.) Time to check in on my resolutions (detailed list here).

  1.  Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – Training is going well, I did a 10 mile long run last week!
  2.  Keep up with my Running Blog – Check! I’ve upped my goal to two posts per week. And I’m enjoying reading all the other running blogs I’ve found, too. 🙂
  3.  Run a Marathon – I’ve got my eyes on the Cape Cod Marathon in the fall, but nothing’s set in stone.
  4. Keep a Running Journal –  I fell a little behind on the journal, but it’s not a lost cause. I don’t think I really like it. I’m hoping to stick with it at least through the half marathon.
  5. Join a Running Club – Not yet. Waiting until I’m ready to start running outside (it was 5F out this morning?!), because that’s where running clubs meet up.
  6. Volunteer – Not yet.
  7. Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – I’m pretty far behind. I think I bit off more than I can chew with this one, and I might have to downgrade this to a more realistic 1,000 miles.  I’m pretty happy with how much I’ve been running, though, so it’s not a big deal. (138 miles so far this year! Compared to 93 miles at this time last year.)
  8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – Not yet; haven’t run a 5k yet this year.

I’m happy with my progress so far, and I’m looking forward to keeping at it in March! Who can believe it’s March already?!

And March means St. Patrick's day!

And March means St. Patrick’s day!

Ah, Ireland. Someday we will reunite.

Ah, Ireland. Someday we will reunite.


It’s National Pancake Day!

March has a lot of great holidays! You don’t always think of March as being full of them, but it really is. For example, today is both National Pancake Day AND Mardi Gras!

IHOP created National Pancake Day in 2006. They give you a free small stack of pancakes and ask for a donation which they give to children’s hospitals. I haven’t participated in IHOP’s version of Pancake Day, but I’m making pancakes for dinner tonight!

How this all affects my running: I’ll be doing speed work on Thursday instead of today because, obviously, pancake day is a day for being with FAMILY.

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Got my ingredients ready…10 hours early 🙂

I haven’t made the pancakes yet, so you get a picture of the ingredients instead.  Just think how lucky you are because now you know my secret ingredient! Hint: It’s the seltzer water. If you use seltzer instead of regular water, the pancakes are fluffier. (At least that’s what the box says.) Also, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’m going to use a box of waffle mix to make the pancakes. Don’t worry, this is not a mistake. Just remember, the most important part about choosing a pancake mix isn’t that it says “pancakes” on the box; it’s that you only need to add water.  Who can predict when you’re going to have eggs, milk, or oil on hand?

Since you can see I’m well prepared for pancake day, you’re probably wondering what I have in store for Mardi Gras. Unfortunately, I don’t really know what you’re supposed to do to celebrate if you live outside of New Orleans. I think stuffing myself with pancakes is appropriate (after all, Mardi Gras = Fat Tuesday). The only other idea I have is that my friend Mike (from Louisiana) gave me a mix CD of Mardi Gras music, which I can play during our pancake party. Sorry Mardi Gras, pancake day is overshadowing you.

Check out the rest of the March Holidays:

  1. March 4th – National Pancake Day
  2. March 4th (sometimes, including this year!) – Mardi Gras
  3. March 14th – Pi Day
  4. March 15th – Ides of March
  5. March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day
  6. March 19th – St. Joseph’s Day
  7. March 29th (only in 2014) – Beth’s baby shower
  8. March (sometimes, but not this year) – Passover
  9. March (sometimes, but not this year) – Easter
  10. March (sometimes, but not this year) – Dyngus Day

Did I miss any? What’s your favorite March Holiday? Are you celebrating Pancake Day?

Spring 1/2 Training: Week 6 Recap

When I first started this blog, I was hoping to use it to document my marathon training. I then proceeded to make only two entries the entire time I was training for the marathon, not talking about training in either post, and then I never even made a race recap of that race. That was a major fail.

Since then, I’ve become MUCH better at updating my blog, and I’m having a great time doing it, but I realized the other day that I’m still not documenting my training in an even semi-organized way. I didn’t even post about my training plan until I had been using it for 5 weeks!  I want to be better at this. I like reading other runners’ recaps from training, and hopefully reading those will keep me on task.

So here’s what I did last week, week 6 of 1/2 marathon training:

  • Monday: Easy 5k, set the speed at 10 min/mile and didn’t allow myself to go faster. Having a time goal for this race has made me VERY bad at doing slower, easy runs.
  • Tuesday: Speed day – 7 x 400s at 5k pace w/ two minute slower running between laps. Including warm-up and cool down, this came to around 3.75 miles. I ran under 8 minute/mile pace on the 400s which is awesome, but I should probably slow down a tad because that is not 5k pace for me.
  • Wednesday: Rest day, instead of Monday.
  • Thursday: Skipped. Felt like playing board games and watching Friends instead.
  • Friday: Spinning! Then ran 3 miles easy (around 10 min/mile pace) at zero incline, my legs were tired! (Note: Friday is supposed to be a rest day, but wanted to make up for skipping on Thursday)
  • Saturday: 10 miles! Set program to rolling hills level 4. The “big” hills were very hard this week. Probably because (like a crazy person) I did spinning and then ran the day before. I managed to still finish w/ my pace slightly under 10 min/mile, so I was happy about this run.  Then I mostly just sat on the couch for the rest of the day. 🙂
  • Sunday: Skipped.  Legs were tired. I’m contemplating making this an official rest day and running Mondays instead, because Sunday runs just aren’t working out for me this time around.

I did nearly 20 miles this week, and tried out spinning! Woo! My goals for this week are:

  1. Long Run: 10 miles
  2. Speed Work: 40 minute tempo run
  3. Easy Runs: 2 or 3 runs @ 3 to 4 miles
  4. Go to spinning twice
  5. Do at home strength exercises at least twice

I think #3 and #5 will be the hardest for me to complete, but having posted it here should help. I don’t want to have to tell you next Monday that I missed my goals!

Now, off to have a productive Monday that will include studying, spinning, washing a mountain of dishes, and knitting a blanket for my soon to be niece or nephew.  Enjoy your day!