Monday, March 4, 2013

February Totals and Plans for March

February was a great month for running, but not so great for swimming and biking. I have been enjoying running so much, it has been hard to get on the bike or in the pool. It's great having a gym at work. I can block time on my calendar and head down for a run on the dreadmill or once it is warmer again I can head out for a run on the nearby greenway. Now I just need to find time to swim and bike.

Swim: 1 stinking swim.

Bike: 3 Rides. 2 Trainer rides - 35 miles and one 45 min spin class

Run: 86.74 miles - still on track to reach my goal of 1000 miles this year

I ran two races in February
  • The Cupid Chase 5K - Just a fun 5K
  • A1A Marathon - 2nd marathon of the year, glad to finish another one, but still not a stellar performance (GI issues)

Had a little bit of calf pain a week out of A1A, but with a few days of no running and properly treating it, the pain is gone.

My plans for March, as with most of the year continues to evolve. My goal for March has been to achieve Marathon Maniac status by completing 3 Marathons in less then 90 days. My 3rd marathon was going to be the Publix GA Marathon.

This weekend, while on my long run, I ran into a friend from one of the running groups I sometimes run with. She is putting on a 12 hour race the same weekend as the marathon.. This race is half the price of the marathon, and is at the park that backs up to my neighborhood. When I got home, I researched the Marathon Maniac qualification standards and determined that as long as I complete at least 50K (31 Miles) in the 12 hours I can count that race. I don't necessarily have to complete all 12 hours, I can drop once I hit 50K if I would like, or continue on until the end. So it looks like I will be completing my Marathon Maniac status with my first Ultra. I am looking forward to it.

April's Half Iron is very much still up in the air. We have booked a room, but I haven't yet signed up for the race. There are a few things keeping me from signing up for this race. The first is my bike fitness, or lack thereof. I am not sure how much I will be able to gain in the next 6 weeks. 

The next issue is that after 3 months with 3 long races, it is probably a good idea to back down on my running mileage, especially in terms of my long run, for a few months. This will allow my legs to recover and be ready to start training for the Wine n Dine half in November. I am really hoping to go for a PR (and maybe even break 2 hours) in that race, so I need to have fresh legs to start that training. My only races in May - July are a few Olympic triathlons, and the training camp which I am really looking forward to.

One race I may do in April is the warrior dash. I have always wanted to do one, and I have a few friends doing it. I had leaned against doing it because it is 1 week prior to the half iron. Now that that race is looking less likely, I will probably do it.

Hope all of you had a great February and that March is even better


Matthew Smith said...

Good work, Kevin! I'm sure that 12-hour race is going to be a lot of fun, and then you'll be a MARATHON MANIAC! Very cool! Keep up the good work!

Karen said...

Awesome training Kevin! How great to be able to check off the Marathon Maniac thing and the ultra at the same time. I need to do an ultra one of these days... right now it just feels like way too much running! :)