Sunday, April 1, 2018

Bye, March (WW # 139)



The purpose of this linkup is to
support active women.
Have you read the UPDATED RULES ??

******************************************************

It seems like I blinked and March was over.  My mileage has increased steadily as I continue to prepare for my next marathon two months away.  I haven't run 100 miles since April 2017 so I was pleased to see my March totals.  I only ran three days a week in March, but they were all runs of effort and 6 miles at minimum.  I didn't get as much cross training on my bike as I normally would as those steep hikes through the Smoky Mountains left me pretty sore in the ol' left hip area.



This week's runs consisted of a Tuesday morning 8.7 at marathon pace, a Thursday morning tempo of 6.4 miles, and a weird disconnected run this morning.  I went out early, intending to run 16 miles before the heat switch flipped on.  But that cranky ol' hip I mentioned earlier had other ideas.  I called it quits after 4 miles, walked home and felt sorry for myself.  There may have been a few tears of frustration...and a few texts to friends {thank you!}

After drinking coffee on the back porch for a long while and deciding I'd tackle an hour or so of yard work, my hip had loosened up and I felt pretty good.  Should I try that run again?  In this heat?  Thinking I'd only run a few miles at best, I grabbed one bottle of Tailwind and one GU -- since I had not eaten after my first attempt -- and headed out.  My hip felt much better and ran 8 miles at marathon pace.  Had I taken more to drink and eat, I may have gone further.  It was definitely a hot run, but tacking on another 8 helped my feelings immensely.

Mailbox Greetings!
All of the trees are green now!

The only picture I took this week was from Thursday's run.  And who knew -- the other miles still happened even without photographic evidence {wink}.  My total mileage this week came out to 26.2 [how's that for marathon training?] with two strength sessions and a hike in the woods with PoPo and the three dogs.

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Spring weekend with your family. 

And that's a wrap!


79 comments:

  1. I'm so happy you went back out and got 'er done! There's nothing like a satisfying run to make you feel better. And texts from friends. <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I definitely think it was the friends! And well, the caffeine may have had a little something to do with it. ;)

      Delete
  2. Wow impressed you went back out there. I hope your hip is feeling better. Thanks for the link up

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm going to really work on calming my hip down this week with stretching and yoga. Fingers crossed!

      Delete
  3. Great job on going back out and getting it done. So sorry to hear about your hip but hope that it feels better soon. Happy Sunday and Happy Easter!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was really crazy how much better I felt after coffee, raking leaves and pulling weeds. LOL.

      Delete
  4. It's crazy to think it's so hot there already! We are dealing with a never ending winter in Minnesota. It SHOULD be much warmer by APRIL, come on :)

    Thanks for hosting the link-up!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, it'll be in the 80s this week again. I'll be whining soon about running in the humidity, unfortunately.

      Delete
  5. Hopefully your hip feels better soon! Way to get back out there and nice mileage ;)
    Here's to April!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope my hip will ease up with a few days rest and lots of stretching. I don't have the willpower to get through another injury right now. LOL.

      Delete
  6. I'm glad to hear that your hip cooperated and you were able to get some more miles in! Especially in the heat. That's a tough call, right there. And steep hikes in the woods is my kind of hill training. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've definitely paid the price for the steep hiking in March. I should have recovered before returning to marathon training. Lesson learned.

      Delete
  7. I'm glad you went back out and tried again and now you feel better! Great job on your March mileage! Have a great week!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad I did too, although I didn't get the 16 miles I originally planned. It's amazing how much better it felt after yard work.

      Delete
  8. Well, Holly Dear, you're a force to be reckoned with LOL It's great that you were able to regroup and then get back outside for more running. I hope your hip is having an attitude adjustment ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I'm just crazy enough to show this hip who's boss. I hope I can get this hip calmed down this week.

      Delete
  9. Oh wow I'm so glad your hip cooperated enough for you to get back out there. A confidence builder for sure! Solid week for you! It seems to weird to hear people talking about the "heat" when we're still freezing our arses off and there's no sign of a leaf anywhere here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And it's crazy for me to hear people talking about winter, snow and ice. I hope our trees are finished budding out -- and thus my allergies will stop acting crazy.

      Delete
  10. Replies
    1. Thanks. I hope to see more mileage for April.

      Delete
  11. Good month. That's a #holottamiles

    I had more miles this month as well - a long month and a half marathon did it for me.
    Still waiting for spring up north,

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The two half marathons I ran definitely helped with my numbers since I'm only running 3 times a week. I hope you get Spring soon!

      Delete
  12. If at first you don't succeed, try again. Good job for getting back at there and getting your run in. Happy Easter!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I very grateful the second run went much soother. I wished I had more fluids with me, but I probably didn't need to go any further.

      Delete
  13. I'm sorry that your hip interfered with your long run -- but good job getting back out there!

    Seriously, I don't prescribe to the "it didn't happen if there isn't a runfie" philosophy.

    Happy Easter!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's amazing how much time I was spending taking pictures, editing pictures, posting pictures, comment on pictures... I've enjoyed a bit of a break.

      Delete
  14. Great job this week and Im glad your hip cooperated enough for you to get in your run! I also ran 101 miles in March!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How cool! We are charter members of the 101 club.

      Delete
  15. I'm sorry your hip gave you trouble! That's frustrating. Good job making your second attempt! I ran more miles in March than I have since October 2017, but still not a ton. I'm slowly rebuilding!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You had a great week! I'm glad to see you are rebuilding.

      Delete
  16. It's hard to believe it's April. Great job getting back out there and getting more miles in.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's almost scary to realize it is April. What happened?

      Delete
  17. Ughh, hip trouble (or any injury) is the worst. I'm so glad you were able to get in a run still! I haven't runmuch in March due to being 32 weeks pregnant and told not to run recently by my dr :( but hopefully I will be back soon!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You have a much more important event on your plan! Running will always be there.

      Delete
  18. That's a good sign that your hip loosened up after a bit and you were able to run another eight miles. You might be surprised that I don't have pics from my first two runs this week either. I took them and posted to IG, but for today's post I thought they'd be a distraction.

    Happy Easter, and thanks for the linkup!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Since hiking, it's been sore when making certain movements, but not on runs. So, I got very frustrated on my first run. I did take it as a good sign that it improved after yard work.

      Delete
  19. Oh, I hope your hip doesn't keep being cranky! I'm glad your second run was better. Happy Easter!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too, Coco. Extra TLC is in order this week. Happy Easter!

      Delete
  20. So true about March! Holy crap that was the fastest month of the year yet! For me I think it was because I didn't spend much time truly "off." I worked or ran or traveled almost every day and that usually makes the months go by faster.

    I wasn't really feeling my long run this past weekend either. Sometimes that happens! Glad you got some extra miles in despite a rocky start.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you are right about no down time. I traveled some, worked extra, had several appointments, and went to a lot of baseball games. I think April may be a repeat of the same.

      Delete
  21. Love that you gave that long run another try! Hope your hip is more cooperative this week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Amy. I'm glad I tried again. And even happier still that it turned out well.

      Delete
  22. I'm glad your hip cooperated! I've always thought I run my best in the early morning but lately I've been finding that I need some more time to warm up. Who knew I'd be a 10 a.m., 12 pm or 3 pm runner?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You know, I had that same thought during my second run. I think my aging body needs more warming up. And, jumping out of the bed and heading straight out for a run after a poor night's sleep is not the smartest idea to begin with.

      Delete
  23. Great job going back out for another run after your hip loosened up! It's funny how those runs still happen even without photographic evidence. I've been pretty terrible about snapping pics lately, but I know I've been working out so that's good enough for me. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's kind of liberating and satisfying NOT to take a picture. It's weird. LOL. I feel like I've accomplished something by NOT doing something.

      Delete
  24. Happy Easter! Sorry to hear about your hip! Hope it stops bothering you. Way to get out there for the second run!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope this hip will straight up soon! I'll keep trying anything I can.

      Delete
  25. Great work getting your mileage up! I love that the week ended with 26.2 miles!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. In full disclose, I rechecked and it was 27.2 Oops. 26.2 sounded much cooler. LOL.

      Delete
  26. Yikes! The heat can be so brutal, and unfortunately, for those of us down south it will only get worse. Good luck with the rest of your training!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not looking forward to the heat our summers bring when it comes to running. I do look forward to water skiing though.

      Delete
  27. Good for you for getting back out there. Sometimes it difficult to push ourselves out the door after feeling physically and mentally run down, but you showed that hips who the boss is!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's crazy how much better it felt later that morning. I'm glad I went back out.

      Delete
  28. The azaleas from your post look beautiful! I live in southeastern PA, and it is snowing now. On April 2. Seriously, stop it, Mother Nature! Sorry to hear about your shortened run this morning. If it makes you feel better (it probably won't), we have all been there, crying tears of frustration. Hope next week is better.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My azaleas are all different varieties and colors. They were so pretty this year.

      Delete
  29. Oh no! I hope your hip stops acting up! Can you believe the swings in weather lately?! COLD then HOT... just decide so we can acclimate, haha. Happy April :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm still enjoying the cooler mornings runs when they happen. You know what it's going to feel like soon...

      Delete
  30. Awesome March miles for you!! I’m glad you were able to get in 8 more miles yesterday in the heat! We had a great Easter at church and with family. I hope you did too! Missing you over on IG! Hope you have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Everybody was scattered this Easter so we celebrated on Saturday instead. It doesn't matter when you do it -- just that you spend time with family.

      Delete
  31. Great job going out for the second run on Sunday! I'm glad that the hip felt better after it loosened up a bit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope it was a sign that the hip is getting better.

      Delete
  32. I always grab some Tailwind as I head out the door for a long run :) While I am excited for the cold to go away, I am not ready for the HEAT! I am okay with warm...but not hot :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love the "salty" taste of Tailwind. Lemon and Orange are my favorite.

      Delete
  33. I'm sorry your hip is bugging you - but really impressed that you got back out and finished your run!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There was a lot of mental anguish over whether going back out was a good idea. I'm glad it worked out OK.

      Delete
  34. Good for you for getting back out there! Hope your hip calms down. Cannot believe it is April already!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is scary how fast the months are going by. I guess that's a sign I'm getting old. LOL.

      Delete
  35. I hope your hip will be okay. I'm glad you got some runs in and lots of quality- I can't believe it is April and summer will be here soon, yikes!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Instead of quantity, I'm really focusing on quality during this training cycle. It'll be interesting to see if it works.

      Delete
  36. I'm sorry that hip is being so irritable. I feel like there are certain injuries and conditions that always just linger and nag. Incredibly annoying, but I am so glad you were able to loosen things up and get back out there.

    I feel like most people felt like March was really long, so it's interesting that yours flew by! You must have been having fun! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My hip IS one of those nagging things that I deal with from time to time. There was just so much going on in March that if felt like there wasn't enough time to do everything I needed.

      Delete
  37. Oh our aching hips ...what are we going to do!?! Lol So glad you were able to get the rest of that run in! Who knew yard work would do the trick ...it always seems to get me all stiff in the back!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, I won't be doing any steep hiking before my next marathon. I'll probably also have to ditch the downhill intervals too. Lining up healthy is priority now.

      Delete
  38. Happy Easter! I hope your hip feels better! March feels like it flew by for me. Soon enough it will be summer!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not looking forward to the struggles I have during our southern summer running season. At least there will be water skiing though.

      Delete
  39. Haha without a picture, are you SURE it really happened?! 😉😉 Sounds like a busy week, Holly! Happy way belated Easter to you! ❤️

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Those runs did happen. My Garmin says so. I couldn't go without recording them in some way! LOL.

      Delete
  40. You had a really strong March! I guess there will always be those blips along the way in training but you are strong :) I know you will be ready for Revel!

    ReplyDelete

I enjoy reading your comments and will make every attempt to reply. Thanks for taking the time to leave one!