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’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.
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.