April 2013 Running Recap + May Goals

It’s May already?!

In April I ran fewer miles than any other month this year; however, it was also my most strategic and accomplished month.

  • January: 45.5 miles
  • February: 37.9 miles
  • March: 40 miles
  • April: 34 miles

Total: 157.4 miles

I only ran 34 miles but I also completed Week 5 of my half marathon training which capped off with my first ever 6 mile run.

On non-running days I weightlifted and reached new personal maxes in squats (150lbs) and deadlifts (180lbs).

Monthly Goals for May

In May my goals are to:

  • Stick to my half marathon training plan
  • Do at least 90% of my running outdoors
  • Squat 170lbs
  • Deadlift 200lbs

I also have it in my mind that I’d like to hit a new 5K PR at The Color Run this weekend. However, I also really love color runs for what they are – fun runs – and don’t want to ruin the experience.

The Color Run 5K

That being said, this is my last “race” on the calendar until a 10-miler this fall so it may be my last opportunity to PR for a while.

I am actively looking for a 10K to do sometime over the next couple of months, but unfortunately 10Ks seem to be really unpopular around here…

I think The Color Run will end up being a game time decision in regards to attempting a PR or not.

Either way, I am really looking forward to it because running through color is a lot of fun AND this will be my first event where I am properly trained for running outdoors!

6 Comments

  1. May 2, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    If you’ve done a color run before, why not go for a PR πŸ™‚ Good job for sticking to your training!! πŸ˜€ You’re going to do great at your half!!

    • May 3, 2013 / 3:24 pm

      Thank you! I think I will go for a PR. I thought I would be running it with my boyfriend but he had to drop out at the last minute. Since I’ll be running it alone, I might as well go for the PR, right?!

  2. May 3, 2013 / 2:51 am

    I’d say try for your PR but don’t be too disappointed if you don’t get it. Just get out and enjoy the day either way.

    • May 3, 2013 / 3:26 pm

      Thanks Kyle, great advice! Having done a color run before, I know even if I try my best for a PR I can still get bogged down by the sheer number of walkers who enter. I’ll have to make it a priority to be in the front of wave #1 – that should help a lot!

  3. Life's a Bowl
    May 5, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    Way to go with your mileage and the 6 miler – that’s awesome!!! I’ve never done a color run but everyone that I know who has loved the experience!

    • May 5, 2013 / 3:53 pm

      Thanks! πŸ™‚ I had a blast! Luckily I was at the front of the first wave – there ended up being so many people (and so many walkers) that the course looked like a crowded mess towards the end! Yikes!