Running …

… because I can … because it's fun … because it's healthy … just BECAUSE.

The month that almost wasn’t

I started this month with a reasonable non-running goal — a core streak. In simple terms, it meant doing some sort of exercise every day besides running that engaged the core.

Presidents Day snowstorm in Virginia

Making the best out of the only snow I'll see this winter.

Then I got sick. I missed a day of work. I somehow didn’t throw up. Through a couple of days of not feeling good, I still managed to do a little bit of core work. One day was push-ups and another day was a simple minute-long plank.

Miraculously, though, my illness went away. I ended up having a solid 12-mile run that week, with 25.4 running miles total.

That was the first half of the month.

The second half of the month has gone well — I ran beyond the Shamrock Half distance, which was also one of my fastest long runs ever; I hit 109.4 total running miles; and the core streak continued with lots of sit-ups on the Bosu ball, crunches, planks, and hitting new marks with the 100 push-ups program.

My only disappointment is not getting on my bike yet. Despite decent February, the weekends have been awful with lots of rain and a random snowstorm. The lack of daylight in the mornings and night aren’t idea for riding either. And now that Shamrock is less than 3 weeks away, I’ll probably wait until after then to hop back on the bike.

As I look ahead to March, all eyes are on Sunday, March 18 and my 5th Shamrock Half. My goal of sub 1:40 still gives me a weird feeling, but with my increased speed on hills around Bedford and Roanoke, I’m confident that I’ll be able to knock nearly 3 minutes off my PR that day.

Category: Training
  • traintotri (Twitter: @traintotri) says:

    Great month of training! Looking forward to seeing you set that PR at Shamrock!

    February 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm
  • Steve (Twitter: @SteveGrayFTW) says:

    So…I'd say you had a decent month. :P

    March 1, 2012 at 11:21 am
  • katie says:

    um, wow, you had a GREAT month! that 1:40 is yours!

    March 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm
  • Michael says:

    It was a good month David.You will rock Shamrock!
    My recent post 100 days and #dailymission

    March 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm
  • Steena says:

    Whoa, yeah, for being sick for the first part of it snatching a triple digit month is awesome!
    You should try CraigsList to find a spinner, that's where I found mine, it doesn't have any fancy gadgets, but it makes me sweat a lot and get in cross training.
    Can't believe how fast Shamrock snuck up too! You and Jeremy are out for blood!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm
  • runcheap says:

    I cant imagine how difficult in must be to train distance up north. Sounds like a great month, looking forward to breaking that 1:40 barrier myself this Sunday at the Gasparilla Half Marathon in Tampa. http://runcheap.wordpress.com/

    March 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    • David H. (Twitter: @RunningBecause) says:

      I'm happy to see that you called Virginia “up north.” To some, I'mpretty far south. :)

      March 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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