Friday, April 6, 2012

Marching Past March ... Towards Tutus?

March.  In like a lion and out like a lamb?  This year it seemed to come in like a lamb and out like a fuzzy bunny.  Fair amount of rain, but a heaping helping of warm, which meant lots of training goodness.  No lions to be found.
I stuck very close with my marathon-training plan as far as running goes, and I mixed in a good dose of cross-training, although I fell a bit short on my swimming plans.  According to my nerdtacular spreadsheet, here are the cold, hard facts:

Running:  19 runs, 156.91 miles
Biking:  6 rides, 98.86 miles
Swimming:  2 swims, 2250 meters
Lifting:  8 trips to the gym

I am still surprisingly largely injury free.  I have my usual aches and pains, but nothing my good friend Advil can’t handle.  Since early February I’ve also managed to lose just over 10 pounds, which my legs thank me for on a daily basis.  Amazing how much less of a pounding it has put on my feet and knees.

Next up for my running adventures – my first relay.  A week from today 12 of us will be running the Palmetto 200 across much of South Carolina.  I’ve never done one of these before, but based on the emails being traded it should be good for a lot of laughs.  I only know 1 of the other 11 runners, which is a little out of my comfort zone (I tend to stick to people and things that I know), but that’s a big part of why I signed up.  If my experience with running-bloggers is any indication, I already know I’ll like this group before I even see them.

I’ll be doing three of the relay legs, totaling around 22 miles, which fits in well with my training plan.  I also get the midnight shift, which should be pretty cool.  Apparently the uniform of choice involves either a kilt or a tutu, and since I’ve already exceeded my budget for this trip I can’t afford to buy a kilt, it looks like some of the ladies on the team will be making a tutu for me.  Oh the humanity.


  1. Relays are a great experience. You'll learn new things about yourself as well as your teammates. Midnight shift, now that will be interesting, running in the dark!

  2. The relay sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to read about it! Oh yeah, we want pictures as well!

  3. super fun on the relay! i love a relay. you'll have a blast. just sleep when you can!!!

    great job on the cross training. had i been doing more myself i may have wound up with Hampton.

  4. My husband is doing his first relay next weekend, yours sounds like fun. Such an adventure!! Regarding our COMPEX...we didn't pay full price. I don't think we could have done that at Christmas time but in all truth, it's paid for itself already. Honestly!
    Hope the training keeps going well!

  5. You'll have so much fun on the relay. I've done a couple and when I left both I felt like I'd made new friends for life. It's tiring, sweaty and you'll laugh so much.

  6. You DO know this will require pictures, don't you? it should be a blast. I missed out on the Ragnar experience with my good friends last year due to injury, and it sounded like an amazing experience!

  7. I've wanted to try a rely. It sounds like fun.