It was March madness with lots of trail running, climbing and a race each weekend! It was awesome!
I kicked off the first weekend with a double race weekend! I ran my coach’s race, the Griffith Park Trail Half! Keira puts on the best races! The course was very runnable so I had to run and I felt great!
I got a medal, mug and a tank!
The best part was I got to see so many friends! I met a friend, Heather, who I’ve only interacted with on social media. It was cool to meet her in person and we ran the whole race together!
I ran the Coaster Run 5k on Sunday, March 6th with my godsons and family! It rained but stopped by the time we ran!
We had fun on the course and made new friends! 😉
After the Coaster Run, I got to hang out with my fellow JetBlue Long Beach Marathon Ambassadors! We got to hang out, have lunch and take some photos for the website! Remember to use my code to save 10%!
I got to run long from Westridge to Sullivan Ridge and back with Team NutriBullet and Coyote friends! We got in 16 miles with 3,089 feet of climbing! I felt strong and I always love checking out the Nike Tower!
On Sunday, March 13th, my friend and ultrarunner extraordinaire, had his Run Deo Run trail races! I only had time to run the 5k but it was fun to see friends for a bit and get out there for more Griffith Park running!
Deo gave us beautiful bling, a necklace and a super comfy t-shirt!
Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I got to dress up in my INKnBURN gear and have fun at my running club’s St. Patrick’s Day Run!
My new Balega socks were perfect for the occasion!
Running requires a lot of prep! I packed for my Old West Trails 30k trip and had my water, Tailwind, Honey Stingers and Orange Mud bottles ready to go!
I ran my first 30k at Old West Trails in the Anza Borrego desert and it was beautiful! It was hot but I survived!
I got my first leather medal that was perfect for the race! I loved the solitude of the run and the place where the start and finish took place, the Stage Coach RV Resort. It was a perfect getaway.
The day after the 30k, I got up (I don’t know how but I did) to run with friends and get in a double digit back-to-back weekend. We ran Sullivan Ridge and I forget how hard the Bobsled part of the trail is. Wow. I still get a little bit scared and need to run it more to keep improving. I felt tired and a bit dehydrated from being in the desert but I felt strong on the run. I know putting in these miles will help me with my upcoming 50k.
Hooray for spring break! I started the week teaching at our spring GATE academy and then got to play on the trails with Corazon and Bridgette! We ran the Bulldog loop and got in 16 miles with 4,005 feet of climbing!
I got wet crossing the stream, too! It was exciting! The water level was above our ankles!
On Saturday, March 26th, Team NutriBullet/Coyote friends ran Los Liones. I got to explore new trails and we ran the Musch trail which is part of the Backbone Trail. So pretty!
We had a nice, slow pace after Bulldog and got in 18 miles with 4,932 feet of climbing.
I capped off this peak week with a 5k on Easter Sunday with A Better World Running. I got to run with Dulce and we just chatted, ran, walked and had fun! I was pretty tired after Bulldog, WonderCon, Los Liones and then this race!
I spent the beginning of the week resting after a 45.22 mile week! I ended the month, on March 31st, with a nice sunset run with Coyote friends at Trailer Canyon.
We went farther than I had ever gone before on that trail and saw where it connects to Temescal. I love how all of the trails connect!
It was a crazy month at work but I got to end it on break and needed the time to rejuvenate and relax. I did work a little at school during spring break but it was nice to get in more running, spring cleaning and reading time! And I got to catch up on my blog! I was lucky to participate in several campaigns in March and hope to stay more on top of my blogging in April.
I also started this book, The Ultra Mindset by Travis Macy and learned that all situations are part of good mental training. I feel mentally ready for pretty much anything for my upcoming 50k with all of the running and climbing I’ve done. I ran in the heat. I fueled. I did hill repeats as part of my training. I worked on recovery. It was a good month with trying times and good times. It’s all good mental training. I’m excited for April!
Your path, your pace, Tam