March has been an excellent month! I started a new job at a new company and I am so, so, so incredibly happy. I love the people, the work is fun and I really couldn’t be any happier.
I was worried with starting a new job I wouldn’t be able to get as much running in, but I’ve been able to work it into my schedule before and after work or on my lunch break.
This month I ran the Asheville Half Marathon on March 17, but that was my only race. I love the Asheville Half Marathon because it’s held at the Biltmore Estate and the scenery is beautiful. During first six miles you are running completely up a mountain, then at mile six you crest to the top where the beautiful Biltmore Estate sits, “The Lady on the Hill”. Then the next 3 miles are all downhill, which feels so good! Then you get to run on a trail past horses and other livestock for the remainder of the race, with a few out and backs. Afterwards they have TONS of snacks and MoonPies! If you grew up in the south like me, you’ll understand how awesome MoonPies and RC Cola are.
My husband and kiddos came to Asheville with me, and I was so grateful because after the race we bought tickets to the Biltmore House and we got to see the beautiful estate, go shopping and eat some great food. We found this great little diner next to our hotel and it was a hidden gem! We ate there the first night and were so blown away, we ate there every single night and breakfast during out trip!
They had the most incredible grilled chicken nachos!
We walked around in the beautiful gardens and had a great, relaxing day.
I was trying to beat my February running record in March, and I did by two miles! But, I’m not sure if I can keep this up for April. I’m feeling a bit of the wear from running this number of miles a week and it’s taking a lot of time.
You see, I’m a slow, slow runner. It’s so funny because when I tell people I run, they ask how fast I am. And I don’t care about speed. The only time I care about speed is when I want to be done faster, so I wish I was faster. I’m an endurance runner, not a sprinter. I run about a 10-minute mile. So, when I run 79 miles in a week, like I did last week, that takes 790 minutes or 13 hours. I only run six days a week, because I always take Sundays off, so I’m averaging running two hours a day. That takes its toll after a while.
I may scale it back a bit, which I can do, and still reach 2018 in 2018.
79.4 total miles run, 88.5 total miles.
In February, I ran 234 miles and had 318 overall miles. So far this year, I have 783 total miles run, 862 total miles. You can see my tracking spreadsheet below. How are you doing so far this year?