March: Time to prep

March is an odd month. Technically it’s the first month of spring, but it’s like Mother Nature hasn’t decided yet.

One week, you have warm temperatures and light breezes. The next week, it’s snowing.

This photo of the Atlantic Ocean was taken during a recent wind storm.

Make up your mind already!

I love spring and being able to get outside more. With the odd weather, March becomes a perfect month to do a little spring and summer preparation to make sure we’re ready for warmer days.

Some things to consider:

  • Summer races: If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to start training for an early summer race. It’s good to get a race in before it gets to hot. I plan on doing a virtual half marathon for my birthday in June, so my 12-Week training program starts in a few days.
  • Spring/summer gear check-up: Now is a good time to break out your warm weather gear and see what kind of condition it’s in. Does your hydration bladder have a tear in it? Should you replace your favorite tank top because it’s too small? Cleaning out the unusable gear will save you some headaches later on.
  • Change things up: With the ever-changing weather, you have a chance to try something new. During the recent wind-storm that hit, I opted to stay inside. It was a great opportunity to test out some strengthening moves offered up by Runner’s World. When the wind finally broke, I attempted the monkey bars at the local playground. There again, I noticed a lack of strength I needed to accomplish my goal. So, I’m going to work on it more.
  • Break out the sunblock: It’s time to get on the sunblock if you aren’t doing it year-round. I usually have a travel size bottle that I keep in my purse just in case. For runs, I use a stick sunblock, kind of like deodorant, that I can smooth on my face without getting stuff in my eyes.
  • Meal time: During the warmer months, local produce begins to ramp up production. March is a great time to look into early season veggies such as peas and lettuces that don’t mind a little bit of cold. A lot of root vegetables turn up this time of year too. Lighten up your meals a bit and experiment with what’s in season.

I hope March treats you kindly. Do you have other things you do before warmer weather hits? Let me know in the comments or send me an email.

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