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.

Races:

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. .

Thoughts:

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?