Does anyone else feel like April just flew by?
I’m not formally training, so during the month of April, I cut back both my mileage and my days-per-week of running. I only ran 4x a week (compared to 5-6) and averaged around 23 miles per week. I hit my goal of getting up to 25 miles by the end of the month. I think this has really helped me recover from a long few months of training, moving, starting a new job, etc. I have been lenient with myself by switching around workout days if I don’t feel like getting up one morning, moving my strength training to lunchtime or after work, and skipping a run here and there if I didn’t want to go.
I also had a goal in April of easing back into strength training. I successfully succeeded in completing 2 strength workouts a week. These were each 30 minutes long and after the second week, I already felt I really needed to turn things up a bit.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I ran the Monument Ave 10K. I had fun (well, as much fun as a distance runner can have racing a short-distance race) returning to this race after so many years away.
I spent a lot less time running alone this month. I stumbled into a casual running group and have made some great connections. I have been running with them 1-3x per week. Weekday morning runs with them means getting up way earlier than I would need to if I ran solo, but it’s been fun to explore new routes and get to know some new people.
Finally, I made a decision about summer training and joined a different training team. I am looking forward to getting started with them in June.
What’s Coming Up in May
Looking ahead to May, I am going to start moving back into a training mindset. That means a slight increase in mileage, eventually adding the 5th day back in, and toying with some easy speed (strides, fartleks). I plan to continue doing strength work 2x a week, but turning it up a bit in terms of reps and weight. I continue to contemplate joining a class, but it doesn’t seem like there are any options around here that would fit my current schedule and allow me to commit only for the month. That is such a bummer, but I don’t want to commit to anything long-term until I know how my training schedule will shape up.
While I am moving ahead to more of a training mindset for May, I am still going to take it easy – skip a run if I feel like it. Move things around. Focus more on recovery than miles. My leg has been weird on and off, heading back towards healthy, and I am really focused on making sure I am as healthy as possible going into marathon training.
Oh, and food. FOOD. I have been way more lenient with eating than I am when I’m training. My husband and I are still cooking just about every night, but I haven’t been staying away from things I usually stay away from during training. There’s been a lot more crappy snacks (chips), sweets, and alcohol in my diet than usual. My one positive in April has been my new found love of overnight oats. Seriously, if you’ve been skeptical, give them a try. They really make mornings so much easier after a run. I hope to start some better meal planning during May to get myself back on track.
So, big plans for May – we’ll see how that pans out.
And hey, maybe at the end of the month I’ll actually officially launch my redesigned blog.