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

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.