May Training: 260 Miles

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I’m currently taking time away from running.  Although I’m on a running break, I did have a good month of May.  So where to begin?

Miles: 260
Range of Paces: 5:40-11:35-untimed

Races:
Broad Street 10 Miler (61:59)
Newport 10k (37:59)
Mile Track Race (5:40)
Cross Country 5k (19:20)

Favorite Race:
Broad Street was my favorite race because I felt like I finally had a solid race, despite the weather.  I’ve battled bad weather each of my Spring Races.  When I raced at the Shamrock half marathon in March, I finished feeling defeated.  When I raced in the pouring rain at Broad Street, I finished feeling strong.  In fact during Broad Street, my later miles were stronger than my earlier miles.

As seen here
The .25 of Broad Street

Workouts: I didn’t have a favorite workout last month.  I made it through but it felt like I was simply going through the motions.  It should have been my first clue, I was coming close to a burnout.

Thoughts:
I thought May was going to be my come back month.  I thought I would be able to bounce back and recover from Broad Street.  That, however, wasn’t the case.  During most of the month, I can reflect and say I was burnt out.  Ten days into my running break, I feel good, and I feel like it was the right thing to do.  I did run one mile yesterday for Global Running Day.  Although it was an enjoyable mile, I’m not ready to dive back into training yet.

newport 10k me

Goals for June:
Right now I have no goals.  I could run a lot, or I could run a little bit…or even none at all.  I’m enjoying the pool a little bit more lately, so I’ll continue with that.

Posts: 
Quick Core Ideas for Runners
4 Surprises I Had While Using FitBit
Why it’s Necessary for a Running Break
How to Celebrate Global Running Day
How to Race Well in Unfavorable Conditions

Gear Review:
Saucony Ride 9 Review
Saucony Kinvara 7 Review
How to Stay Dry in Rainy Races

So that’s about it for recapping May.  I didn’t meet the goals I wanted of “coming back” but a mental break is exactly what I need.

Questions for you:
How was your month of May?
Do you have any big summer plans?