March Miles & My Running Favorites

I can tell that it was peak training for Boston this month.  I ran a lot, but I’m feeling really good.  Other than feeling tired, I’m feeling healthy and actually looking forward to my taper! (Read my 12 Taper Tips HERE)

March Miles: 353

YTD: 900


Montreal Runner Mom tagged me to answer the following questions about My Running Favorites!

I’ve tagged some runners below to get the game going but feel free to join in even without being tagged. Post your own version by answering these questions and adding some of your own before passing it on other fellow runners.

1.  Favorite Running Location?  I love exploring new cities/urban running or trail running.  



2.  Time of Day?  I’m 100% an early morning runner.  I obviously love to run, but it also feels so good to get it out of the way.  I’m cranky when I don’t get to start my day with a run.  Sometimes it’s rough starting out in the dark, but it’s so worth it when you get to see the sunrise.


3.  Ideal Weather?  I love hot weather EXCEPT when I’m running.  For running, clear skies and temperatures in the 40’s is perfection!  It feels cool when you start and just right once you’ve warmed up.

4.  Fuel?

Before: Coffee and a Picky Bar


During: Cocogo (use code: JENCHOOSESJOY all caps for 10% off) and Gu



After: Tart Cherry Juice (read about why HERE) and Cappuccino Svelte



5.  Accessories? Garmin 620, Road ID Shoe Tag, Amphipod Handheld




6.  Rewards?  Massage from Franklin Massage Center, desserts, new running clothes, and Champagne!


What makes a great run for you? Answer the above questions and add some of your own before passing it along and tagging more running friends. 

Running N Reading

Minutes Per Mile

Miles and Blessings

The Athletarian

Sarah Runs 26

Fit & Faithful

Dixie Runs

Fox Runs Fast

Read Head on the Run

Jenny Jen Runs

Overall, how was your March running?

Do you enjoy the taper or have taper tantrums?

Ideal run temperature?

What’s your favorite running reward?


Join the Conversation

  • [email protected] Feet In Faith

    Nice monthly miles woman!!! You’re a running machine. I’m definitely a 100% morning runner as well. My fav runs are trail. It’s good for the soul! March started out strong and then the last week felt tough. My body was starting to shut down. So I stepped it back a bit. Looking forward to taper! RnRNashville is THIS month! Ideal temp? 40* and sunny with little wind. Favorite reward …. burgers! Haha well only after like super long runs… :-)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I keep reminding myself that I should be tired. Race day is so close…eek!!!

  • Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    I’m going to have to try some of your fuel picks! Getting started on my post now, thanks for the tag :)

    • jenchoosesjoy


  • Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    I really enjoy the taper actually, I know most people don’t but I am usually tired and ready for it by the time I get to that point. I still get antsy, feel a bit out of whack and imagine all kinds of random things are wrong with me. I can’t believe your mileage! Wow! Way to go!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I don’t think the taper will bother me until race week when my miles really drop.

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns

    I love this! I hope you don’t mind me stealing it for my blog :)

    March was great for me! Kicked off half training and every run was fantastic, even if the weather didn’t cooperate. I didn’t get nearly as many miles as you (that’s insane!) but I did manage to run at least 5 times a week and cross train 2-3 times a week. I’ll take it!

    Massage has got to be my favorite post-run treat. I only splurge after races though. After a regular run I’ll have a beer!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Go for it! I should have tagged you:) I have always wanted to drink a beer after a race, but there’s no way I could stomach it:(

  • Christina @ the athletarian

    I love these kinds of blog posts!! Thanks for the tag! I will work on it today and post later :)
    I didn’t get as many miles in this month as I would have liked…but I’m okay with it! It’s always a bit hard for me to find my groove after a marathon. Hopefully April will be better. You totally crushed this month!! I have no idea how you run so many miles. I feel like there isn’t enough time in my day!! I’m impressed.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      You definitely earned some recovery time!

  • mary @ minutes per mile

    Oh, fun! Can’t wait to fill out the survey myself! Also am a big fan of champagne and dessert :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Great minds think alike!

  • FLRunnerBoy

    I tell you Jen you are a total mileage monster/boss!!! … MIND BLOWN 😉 and yay to Picky Bars :) I’ll probably eventually upgrade to a Garmin 620 just because of the cool colors alone haha! But right now I’m loving my new Garmin 405 that I got just over a month ago after my Soleus died :(

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I’ve never tried the 405 but it has a loyal following!

  • FLRunnerBoy

    ohhhh poppycock!!! I forgot to answer your questions lol 1) I’ve learned to embrace the taper in my senior years haha! I realize now it only makes me stronger for race day and future races in the long run so I don’t fight them kicking and screaming ha! 2) reward: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Red Velvet of course! 😉 and my ideal running temperature … 49 degrees. 49 degrees = a PR fo’ sho’ … every single time lol 😀 :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I love how specific you are. I’m going to make a mental note next time I run in 49 degrees!

      • FLRunnerBoy

        Thanks Jen! The whole thing is kinda comical but when I look back at all my races. The most significant PR’s have happened when the temperature is 49 degrees exact lol! :)

  • Angela @ North Idaho Runner

    I had 268 miles for the month of March which I’m ecstatic about given that included a week of barely running as I was tapering for an intense 50k that I ended up placing 4th female in! I’m terrible about tapering. I become really bored and anxious. My favorite running temp is about mid 50’s. Favorite running reward is ice cream. I have it so rarely because it destroys my stomach but I always delight in some kind of ice cream treat after a race….and it’s perfect because I know that I have a complete rest day the following day so no worries about GI distress.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      It’s so much fun when you can eat whatever you want because it doesn’t matter after a race!! Congrats on an awesome 50k!!!

  • Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading

    Yay! Thanks so much for tagging me, Jen! What a great month; I’m so glad you’re feeling good and doing what you love with your awesome group. I will get this post up this weekend – something so fun! I can get through the taper pretty well, but I can’t cut back too much; I have to keep running on my same schedule, and just run shorter distances. Ideal running weather is partly cloudy and mid-40s! I think my March running was okay; I finally finished that darn Little Rock Marathon and participated in two other races with my running club. I know April is going to be BIG for you, and I can’t wait! :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      You have been a racing machine!!!

  • milesandblessings

    Ah fun!!!!! I will have mine up later today!!!! 353 miles in March!!!!!! Girl, that is AWESOME!!!!! Healthy and tired is the perfect feeling right before a taper! :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!!!

  • danielle

    wow i had no idea about the tart cherry juice! but coincidentally i bought some a couple of weeks ago because it just looked amazing. i drank a bunch that week and had it in smoothies. i loved it! well now i just ordered some more from your link because clearly this stuff is magical, and i need magic. the svelte also looks good, i’m always on the lookout for easy recovery drinks besides a latte at SB!
    i was recovering for months from an achilles/calf injury and just started easing into running this month, then all of the sudden i’m doing a half marathon next week, oops! i missed my running club and just run with them on sunday’s, so during the week i’m still keeping it low. 13 miles was my longest run, but i went from 1 mile to 13 pretty fast for me so now my calf is super tight.. hate when i get too excited and do those silly runner mistakes!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I had to take some time off in January from an Achilles problem. That’s a rough injury! Have fun in your half!!! :)

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  • theoldfellowgoesrunning

    I am a fairly new runner, so I really enjoy and learn a lot reading the blog posts of others.
    I opened the link regarding sour cherries. I put a small handful of frozen sour cherries in my smoothie after a run, simply because I love cherries. Now that I read that they are an excellent post run recovery aid, I must find some at my health food store.
    All the best at Boston. I will be routing for you from up here in Canada.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you SO much for the well wishes!!!!

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