April Training

I’ve been getting into the routine of typing monthly training posts so here goes April.  April begun my month of working, traveling and resting.  After the first weekend in April when I had my half PR, the month has simmered down. 

I told myself I would take some time and running less mileage after I got a half marathon PR.  I have been.  I find myself not worrying or stressing if I can run or not.  If it works and I’m not tired, then I run.  If it doesn’t work and I’m too tired…then I don’t run.  That will change soon though and I’ll be more structured as I move towards marathon training. (Obviously I’m not going to push anything I think could be an injury though).



Total miles: 270

Total Rest days: 6

Total races: 3

Atlantic City Half (1:23.23)

Earth Day 5k (19:04)

NJ half marathon (1:27)

Longest Run: 20.3 in Seattle (first 20 miler all year)

Going Around HQ in Seattle
Going Around HQ in Seattle

Shortest run: 2.75 cooldown from the NJ half

Range of paces: 5:55-9:58 (that’s my biggest range yet…who knows what the untimed miles were)

Most proud run: The Atlantic City half for sure


This month was exactly where I wanted to be.  I didn’t want to worry or stress about mileage.  With having a new job, I wanted to excel at that so this month timed out perfectly.  During the first week of April I got engaged, had a half marathon PR and started really working full time.  It’s hard for the rest of the month to compete with that.  In all honesty, it’s hard for the rest of my life to compete with that.  It was a good month.

Nj half race
Finishing the NJ half

Next month:

In May, I plan to start training for the Wineglass marathon.  I haven’t found a coach yet, but I’m still actively looking in my free time.  For now, I’ll start having a little more structure.  For me this means, trying to run 6 out of 7 days weekly and having some sort of speed workout (in the form of tempo) and long run.

I’m doing the Broad Street 10 miler on Sunday and then the Run for the Dream half marathon at the end of the month.  I would like to find a 5k but I’ll have to wait and see how my schedule turns out (as well as how I’m feeling).

Question for you:  How was your month of April (training or not)?  

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  1. I didn’t do a whole lot of training in April and I’m totally ok with that. I focused on maintaining my level of fitness and working on flexibility and strengthening. Personally, the month of April was amazing! I went on a great vacation with Michael, got engaged, and turned 27!

  2. April for me has been pretty good (minus the shin splints). I recently found a coach (but sadly he’s leaving the program and we need to find a new one) and I couldn’t be happier with the plan I was put on. I love how many races you have lined up, I’m super jealous haha. The races in Toronto (or in the area) always cost upwards of $100 so I can really only pick a couple I /really/ want to race being a broke student.

  3. I can’t wait to see how you do in Broad Street!! It’s such a great race. I’d love to do it again one day!!

  4. Engaged and a huge PR?? I can imagine it would be very hard to top that in the rest of the month. 🙂 Congrats again! I got to start running again after a long injury, so I’m not complaining about April either!

  5. April was ok. I had one PR and I’m pretty happy with that. Mileage is still on the low side but that’s ok. I’m hoping to kick things up a notch in preparation for marathon training.

  6. My April was kind of a stress rollercoaster with projects and exams at the end of the semester and I’m still kind of tiptoeing around a tight hip, but I have enjoyed the running I have been able to do and I’m looking forward to a kickass spring!

      1. I want to continue base building (I have very little right now because injuries) and make it through my end of May half marathon without hurting myself on my nothing base. xD

  7. Well, I did an 8 miler on Monday, and according to Alex, Runner’s World says I only needed to run 7 to finish a half marathon. So I guess I’m ahead of the game! HAHAHA. Ha.
    But I think I’m finally finding my running groove again and hope for better things in the months to come.

  8. You’re going to LOVE broad street… Except the whole a ton of people thing. But if you made it through NYC, you’ll make it through Broad Street. It’s organized and a great race in general!

  9. April was mostly tapering for me, and I’ve just started getting back going again. That includes a wonderful 5-miler through the heart of Portland this morning!

    Oh – and I’ll be your coach if you can’t find one. 🙂

  10. Engaged and a PR? Your April was pretty much the best April ever. Have a great Broad Street!! I’m especially looking forward to reading about your Wineglass training.

  11. You had such a kick ass month with awesome running and awesome life things too… so happy for you. I’m excited to see what May brings, I know it will be a harder month but I know you are a tough cookie and will make the best of it all.

  12. My training was SO up and down. A lot of it was related to the weather and it’s been pretty frustrating. My race is a month away and while I know I can finish, I wish the weather would have cooperated a bit more…

  13. Your month was amazing and busy! Congrats on a PR, job, and engagement… in a week. Not even a month :). Even your non-PR races were great times and it looks like you had fun in Seattle as well. Good luck with finding a coach and training for wineglass.

    I had a decent training month. Not my best, not my worst. 145 miles and one 5K race, a PR and overall win (it was a 22:05, very small race obviously, but I was happy that I PRed by 16 seconds in the heat).

  14. Are you sure you don’t want to do a 5-K in Fort Lee, NJ this weekend instead? 😉 Anyway, April was a big month for you, and it worked so perfectly that you were able to ease off the gas a bit and focus on the new job, etc. Time to crank it back up, though–let’s do it!

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