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.


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.

April Review:

  • 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 myselfΒ 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!


Image Credit: Portland Marathon Facebook Page

May Goals:

  • 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:

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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, yesΒ 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?



  1. May 2, 2014 / 6:55 am

    hehe…100% of your training half outdoors! That cracked me up.

    I’m impressed that you were able to keep running while you were in a slump. That shows how strong you are! I’m super jealous. I should be able to take an easy run Saturday or Sunday, now that I’m off my meds. We’ll see how that goes!

  2. May 2, 2014 / 6:58 am

    The camelback is not silly at ALL! I live in PA and it gets HOT here, so you better believe I take it. I even take it with me in the winter if I am doing more than 8 miles. Even if you are not thirsty, it is important to stay hydrated. And the camelback is way easier than planting water along your running route. You know I wore my hydration pack during my marathon PR so I wouldn’t have to stop at water stops! I was so used to wearing it on training runs it just felt like part of my plan. So you rock that camelback and while everyone is South Florida is cramping up from the heat you will be running like a magical running fairy πŸ˜‰

    • May 2, 2014 / 11:27 am

      Ps. Have you watched the past two Mindys? HOW FREAKING GOOD LOOKING IS THAT COP!?

      • May 2, 2014 / 3:12 pm

        Hahah yes! I want to be a magical running fairy like you!

        Of course I have been watching! Completely, 110% agree – he is HOT! And now you have a reason to continue watching, even if he’s only on through the next episode πŸ™‚

        • May 2, 2014 / 7:55 pm

          I know, but Paul hated this past episode and wants to stop. I couldn’t mention I wanted to keep watching due to Tom Daly.

  3. May 2, 2014 / 10:05 am

    Way to work through that slump, definitely shows how strong you are. Beach runs sound amazing. Very good April, good base going into marathon training. OMG Portland Marathon in 22 weeks, that is awesome.

    Mileage – didn’t hit my mileage but I’m OK with that.
    Looking forward to – three races then begin marathon training
    Water – you rock that camelback and don’t look back. I wear mine even in my 5k training runs. Florida and AZ the heat is nothing to mess around with.

    • May 2, 2014 / 3:13 pm

      I am so happy to hear about everyone wearing their Camelbaks! Even if I end up being alone around here, I’ll know that you’re all out there running with them on too!

  4. Cheryl
    May 2, 2014 / 10:15 am

    I don’t think the camelback is crazy— and I don’t live where it is hot. I live out in the country though and for long runs I will drop off a water bottle earlier to use for a water stop and get it later in the day. I frequently leave extra layers by the side of the road and go get them later. I know the heat and humidity are awful for you, but I am jealous of that beach and the weather. It has still been cold here. Had a spring track meet 2 days ago when it was 42 degrees. Yuck.

    • May 2, 2014 / 3:15 pm

      I like the idea of dropping water bottles off! A lot of the local running clubs around here will leave coolers of water out along the beach that any runners can use, which is really nice….but I feel bad drinking all their water!

  5. May 2, 2014 / 11:39 am

    I exceeded my month goals – good though since my 50 is a week from tomorrow.
    On long outdoor runs I always use my Camel Back – the lesson I learned the first time I used it – make sure you have a shirt under it or it will rub a raw spot. I ran 16 miles in just a sports bra – not a good idea!!

    • May 2, 2014 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks for the tip!

      I can’t believe your 50 is just a week away! I can’t wait to read all about it!!!

  6. May 2, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    That’s my problem too with the summer months in South Florida. I have been looking at Half’s in November but just can’t envision myself running outdoors in the dead of summer!

    • May 5, 2014 / 12:05 pm

      I did my first half last November and running through the summer wasn’t TOO bad. You just have to have the willpower to get up and out the door early. Some days I would leave for my long run by 5:30AM! The bonus is that once you get home and shower you have the rest of the day to do whatever you want! πŸ™‚

  7. May 2, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    i can’t believe that you’re training for a fall marathon whilst living in florida. i’m terrified of that…that’s why i’m only doing half marathons until the spring. i just can’t talk myself into starting my run at 3am in order to be done before the sun comes up…and still sweating the whole time cause it’s 80 in the middle of the night.

    i’m sure you are going to love the camelbak! i’ve never run with a pack, but it’s super important to have water when you start going really long. i have a handheld that i use, but i stick to trails that have water at least every 4 miles or so….

    • May 5, 2014 / 12:06 pm

      I know!! I’m a little nervous about it too, but I figure I can always split up my long runs in half if necessary— do the first half outdoors before the sun is up, and then run home and do the second half on the treadmill. I can’t imagine getting up at 3AM either!!!

  8. May 2, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    Way to go with your April mileage!!! As a fellow South Floridian I am def with you on needing a camelback. When I trained for my last half I had an Amphipod handheld but I always ran out halfway through a long run. That’s exciting you’re going on a girls weekend this month!! I’m looking forward to my first Mother’s Day. Of course any excuse to spend time at home with my baby I’m excited about haha

    • May 5, 2014 / 12:07 pm

      Happy early Mother’s Day to you!

      I had an Amphipod handheld when training for my first 5K, but moved to the water belt for my first half. I can’t imagine using just a hand held for double digit runs! I’m an excessive sweater though, I think haha

  9. May 2, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    SO glad you had a good run! And at the beach too! Sounds awesome.

    I think the camelbak is a great idea! I have one from back-in-the-day when I bought it originally for a snowboarding trip. However its since been used as my backpack for cycling and running to and from work (due to its small size), but unfortunately I’ve lost the important bladder part of it, d’oh… So, now it’s not officialy a camelbak I suppose. Am aiming to get a replacement bladder for it, if I can find one, before my 50km in June.

    I tend to not usually carry water on runs, unless its my long run, then I usually carry a sugary or sports drink in my former-camelbak, or buy one en route. Always skulling water as soon as I’m back from a run though.

    In May I’m looking forward to: my second second wedding anniversary (we had two weddings, so, two anniversaries each year, and we’re up to Year Two haha), a few more days off (due to our students having exams), and sticking to my training plan to get ready for early June.

    I’m sure you will smash your goals for May Kristina! πŸ™‚

    • May 5, 2014 / 12:09 pm

      I can’t believe you don’t bring water on any of your runs! You’re crazy, lady! πŸ˜‰

      Happy pre-anniversary to you two!!!

      PS: I hope you still have Internet when you do your 50K so I can hear all about it!! Don’t leave for your caravan until after it’s over πŸ˜‰

  10. May 3, 2014 / 6:37 pm

    You still had a great month! Marathon training is exciting! I am going to follow closely, I am still feeling a little intimidated to try a whole. I have a Nathan and I am finally getting use to running with it. I have a draft post about hydration I will probably post soon. I start things and then never finish lol I couldn’t survive in your environment (humidity and heat)- I admire you for getting your training in and sticking with it.

  11. May 4, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    Camelbaks are AWESOME!!! I will use mine this summer during speed workouts for my 5k race. Better to be safe than sorry, I think. Good luck training for your full! I bet Portland is a great course.

    • May 5, 2014 / 12:10 pm

      I’ve heard really amazing things about Portland, I can’t wait!

      I’m so happy to hear another vote of confidence for the Camelbak! AAAAAND I can’t wait to see what you do in the 5K distance this year! I know you’re going to kill it!

  12. May 5, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    I have a Camelbak but never used it when I was training. I might give it a try this year since I hate carrying a hand held bottle.