A Look Back at April (72.5 Miles)
Last night I had my first truly good run in about two weeks — I think I’m on my way out of the slump!
It was my first beach run in a long time, and I was immediately reminded of why I used to run there almost every single day — the breeze, the view, the sound of crashing waves.
The only thing that sucks is the smell near the trash cans after the content has been baking in the direct sunlight all day. IT’S AWFUL. I can mostly avoid them though.
A LOOK BACK AT APRIL:
April started out really strong. I ran 20+ miles the first two weeks, but then the second two weeks were really low mileage. I ended up with 72.5 miles for the month.
- Started working with a new running coach
- Added real speedwork to my schedule
- Made sure to run while on the cruise
I wish I had run more during the last two weeks, but between my weird knee issue and some work stress, I just didn’t get it done. I kept telling myself it’s fine, you’re not training for anything right now.
But May has arrived which means I will start training for my marathon soon! As of today there are only 22 weeks until I step across the starting line in Portland!
- Stick to my training plan
- Run a 5K (it’s on Mother’s Day!)
- Practice breathing from my stomach not my chest during runs/life
- Complete 90% of runs outdoors to acclimate to the increasing temperatures
I have written before about the benefits of running on the treadmill, chiefly the air conditioning and the easy access to water.
I did 100% of my training for the Princess Half on the treadmill, but I did 100% of my training for the Fort Lauderdale half outdoors.
If there is one thing I remember from doing double digit runs outside is that I always felt thirsty. I have the Jurek Endure water belt which is great, and I used to stop around mile 7 at a little beach shop for a bottle of Dasani… but I was still always thirsty.
Since I’ll be running lots of double digit runs for marathon training, I just ordered myself a Camelbak:
I’m sure this sounds absolutely silly to some of you. Is it really necessary to bring that much water on a training run? Well, yes when you live in south Florida it really is (if you’re me). Last night’s run had a feels like temp of 87 degrees and it’s only May 1st…. June, July and August will be brutal as usual.
I remember when I first got my water belt I thought I would look like a total dork out there running with it on the weekends, but when I looked around I realized 50% of all runners had one on.
Hopefully I can get used to the feeling of wearing the pack quickly!
Did you hit your mileage goal for last month?
Anything you’re really looking forward to in May?
– A girls weekend with my mom in the middle of the month!
How do you carry water on your runs?