I really can’t believe it’s May. It was just Christmas, like, last week! Alas, May is here, and it’s time to look back at my running in April. Catch up on previous months’ roundups: January, February, March.
April started off well, and I had an impromptu run with a couple of my favorite Groupies on Easter Sunday morning. I was able to run with the KC Running Co Groupies 5 times in April. My longest run in April, besides Rock the Parkway, was 4 miles. I MUST step up my endurance to prepare for my spring and summer half marathons.
April was a tough month, as far as my running mileage goes. I managed 50 miles in April, which is my lowest month this far in 2015. Remember, one of my 2015 Running Goals is to reach 1100 miles by the end of the year. With April’s 50 miles, I am currently at 288 miles, meaning I must now run an average of 101.5 miles per month for the remainder of the year to reach my goal.
I had 2 races in April, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and the Trolley Run 4 Miler. Rock the Parkway was a tough race, physically and mentally, and getting sick the week of the race and after the race ultimately gave me the final push to make an appointment with an allergist and begin allergy shots.
The Trolley Run was a great run for me, 2 weeks after Rock the Parkway. Of course, it was 9 fewer miles to run, but it was a great mental race for me; I was able to push the whole way and my legs told my mind to shut up! I was awarded with a fancy new PR to work to beat!
All in all, I took 15 days off from running in April, which is WAY more days off than I like to have. At the beginning of the month, I was off a few days to move and settle into my new home, and after Rock the Parkway, I was off with bronchitis and a sinus infection. Throw in a few other days where I wasn’t feeling up to running after the half marathon, and I ended up taking half the month off. Not something I want to do again any time soon, especially since I am working toward 1100 miles this year!
I kept myself accountable in April with my April Fitness Challenge. I am happy to report that I accomplished 1000 push ups, 2000 squats, and 3000 sit ups in April, and will continue to do all of these things weekly to continue to get stronger. I have continued to attend yoga at least once a week, and have started going to Pop Up Yoga classes when I can, and I was honored to attend a Restorative Yoga class in Atchison as well.
I am proud of myself for building up my attendance of yoga during April, and continuing to work on my fitness by using body weight exercises, but I definitely could have run more miles. I am working on not beating myself up over a “bad run,” and staying positive when my body and mind are dealing with stresses. I am confident I can reach my 1100 mile goal, as well as my other time goals in the 5k and 10k distances.