Nine facts about my March running

I’m happy as I reflect on my March running, particularly because I ran a lot this month. Continuing in my monthly tradition, here are some facts about my March running.

I made this with a Sharpie and some Girl Scout cookies after I reached 100 miles. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
I made this with a Sharpie, a piece of paper and some Girl Scout cookies after I reached 100 miles. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

1. I ran 132.54 miles. That’s the most I’ve run in a month this year so far, and the only month in 2015 in which I’ve surpassed 100 miles. That includes a 17-miler, a 19-miler and a 22-miler.

2. I caught up to the pace where I need to be for my 1,200-mile goal for 2015. Those 132.54 miles in March helped me compensate for my 91.67-mile January and my 80.95-mile February. I’m now at 305.16 miles for the year — right on track.

3. I got back into doing speed work. This month, I did two speed workouts, after a hiatus from working on my speed. These have been with Midshore Multisport, with Mark Granger as coach. I have really enjoyed working hard to go faster, and Mark, who was already a running friend, has been a great coach. I’m looking forward to continuing this.

4. I’ve continued my hill workouts. As part of my training for the Big Sur International Marathon, I’ve been doing extra hill workouts, and I did three of those in March.

These are the new shoes I've started wearing recently. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
These are the new shoes I’ve started wearing recently. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

5. I started using new shoes (and new inserts). I finally ran enough miles in the shoes I’d been wearing that I started to break in the new pink-with-blue-highlights Brooks Adrenalines that I got for Christmas.

6. I ran in two different areas beyond Salisbury. I run in Salisbury a lot, but in March, I also did long runs in Rehoboth Beach and at the Assateague Island National Seashore.

7. I did my longest run of the year. I ran 22 miles as part of my marathon training. My next-longest run will be the marathon on April 26.

8. I ran a race. The Tim Kennard River Run 10-miler is the only race I’ve run this year so far. It wasn’t my fastest time, but it was a unique experience.

9. Daylight saving time started, and that was awesome. I love having more time in the evenings to run when it’s light out. Ending a run at 7:30 a.m. and it’s still light out? Perfect.