Running Through April

The month of April has been for running since January.  It’s a funny statement to make since I’ve been the most busy, the most inconsistent and the most scattered.  The main take away from April is that I’m finally running injury free again.  I don’t want to dwell on my butt pain anymore so the post about that is here.

Miles: 201

Shortest run: 2 miles warmup with Brittany

Longest Run: 11 miles in Fort Lauderdale

running to beachBest Training Run: The 11 miles in Fort Lauderdale was a lot of fun because we ended at the beach.  The weather was extremely hot.  After this winter it we were not prepared for the heat but we had such a good time.


Dismal Swamp 5k (19:45)

dismal swamp win

This was by far one of my favorite races to date.  It was the day before the wedding and I got to see a lot of my friends and family.  It wasn’t close to my PR but I had such a great time, it was hard not to enjoy it. .


Despite getting married and going on a honeymoon, April was my best month of running in a while.  First and foremost, I decided running and racing while injured wasn’t smart.  In hindsight I probably could have been injury free by the end of March if I hadn’t raced Shamrock.  Post Shamrock, I shut everything down and went to see specialist. The combination of time (after the marathon), rest and going to a specialist allowed me to begin running injury free again.  Starting April 11th (I only know because I raced the 5k that day) I was running injury free again.

I did a lengthy post about my my #bumbutt here.

The second half of the month was filled with getting married and a honeymoon.  I was able to run easy miles the rest of the month.  I didn’t stress about running on my honeymoon and if it happened…it happened.  If we didn’t run…we didn’t run.  One day both the track and the gym were closed so there was no running…oh well.  Since we went on a cruise, we ran on a lot of miles on the treadmill.  Side by side and holding hands (I kid…).  It actually wasn’t bad to run on the treadmill and I didn’t hate it.

This month flew by and I feel like I was just getting ready for April.

Next month:

I have finally recovered from my injury and I’m ready to run injury free and begin training again.  Through the summer I’ll be focusing a lot on 5-10ks.   For the next few weeks I’m going to run a lot of easy base building miles (similar to what I have been doing).  I’ll do a few local 5ks but no speed work.  Once my base is back, I’ll begin throwing in some speed work.  Once I have a better idea of the overall plan and goal I’ll post a lengthy blog about it.

Primary Goal: Staying injury free

Secondary Goal: Working on turnover rate

Questions for you: 

How was your month of April? 

What are your goals for May? 

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  1. Nice month Hollie! Good luck working on that turnover rate. That is something I always have to be mindful of as well. My goal for May is to relax! Some mileage but nothing major and just getting overall fit because I have plenty of time before my next marathon cycle begins. Love the new look of the blog!

  2. April was a good month! I finished my first Boston and felt like I had two solid races. May is for recovery. I’m definitely experiencing some tightness in my IT band and hip so I am trying to rest and be as smart as I can. I’m hoping to have a more laid back approach to my running focusing on stretching and cross training before I start my next training cycle in July for the NYC Marathon. Love your blog 🙂 !!

  3. Always good to look back on a month and see that it was a healthy month of running. Perfect summer goals, I think!

  4. Yay! This is so great to read. After sticking it out through the pain in the butt and this godawful winter, summer running is going to feel glorious.

  5. I’m so glad you’re back running injury-free! It’s such a good feeling after a frustrating couple of months 🙂

  6. Great goals girl.! and mostly glad that you are injury free again. geezzz 200 miles with an injury, you are crazy awesome.! well recovering from an injury.
    My April was good.! I’m pretty happy with where my running is headed

  7. Hooray for such a great month of running! I like having a primary goal and secondary goal too (and I like yours, because basically mine are the same… stay injury free and work on 5Ks bc we don’t have 10Ks here really). So glad you’re able to run injury-free and do some races and longer miles again. It seems like April was just an all-around good month on the wedding, vacation, and running fronts so that’s great to read!

  8. April started great with a half marathon and May should end fun with my first marathon! Do you have any 5k or 10k goals?

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