2017: April Running

April, I’m glad you’re over! I ran 52 miles in April, which is my lowest mileage for the year. In fact, it’s my lowest mileage since January 2016! You can check out my recaps for JanuaryFebruary, and March if you need to catch up!

I really have no good reason why my mileage was so low. I just wasn’t feeling running in April.  The month started off with the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon. That race kind of led me into a downward spiral, with lots of emotions in many different aspects of my life bubbling up.  I’m fine, nobody needs to worry, but my running has definitely been slacking.  On top of the emotional issues I’ve been dealing with, I’ve been super swamped with wedding planning, moving prep, and work.  None of these things are good excuses, and I’m not trying to write them off, it’s just what happened in April.

I’m glad for May, a clean slate, a fresh start, a new month.

Back to April.  Rock the Parkway was the second Saturday of the month.  I didn’t write a race recap, but basically it was the slowest half I’ve ever run. I walked more than I’ve ever walked, and Chris stayed by my side for every single step. Emotionally, I went through happiness, sadness, frustration, hope, disgust, thankfulness, gratitude, rage, envy, hopelessness, shame, joy, love… the list goes on and on and on…  The race is over, I’ve dealt with a lot of my emotions, and still dealing with a lot more, but I’m in a much better place than I was at the finish line of that race.

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I only ran 11 times in April, the lowest in a long time.  Running is always there for me, and will always be there for me, whether or not I take a break.  I’m ready to get back on the horse and start putting in the mileage again.  I got a nice fun run in St. Joseph while Chris had band practice one Saturday, which was a fun way to explore a bit.

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Chris and I had some good runs too, the weather was really nice for part of the month, really hot and windy for part, and then at the end of the month, got cold and rainy.   I didn’t cycle at all in April. I need to work on that for May, and plan to go to cycle tonight.  I’ve added in some Group X classes, mainly a strength class during lunch once a week, and hope to add in a second day per week soon, and also get back to lifting on my own once a week or so.  Baby steps!

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I finished out the month with the Trolley Run, which is one of my very favorite KC races.  It was Chris’ first time doing the Trolley Run, and my third.  It was cold and drizzly, but we had a great run. I’ll be writing a recap this week.

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Looking forward to May: I have no races, but hope to get in some solid runs. My goal for the month is 75 miles for the month, and at least 1 strength session per week at the gym, and at least 3 cycle classes for the month.  How was your April? What does your May look like?

April stats:
Running:  11 runs, totaling 52 miles
Longest Run: 6 miles, April 23rd.
Races: Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and the Trolley Run

A Week

I haven’t run since last Saturday.

It’s been 7 days since I’ve laced up my shoes and hit the pavement.  I last ran at the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon last Saturday.  It wasn’t a great race for me. It didn’t go as planned. I had a lot of feelings and emotions about lots of things that all came to a head during and after the half.

I decided I needed a bit of a break from running.  I needed to sort out some thoughts, figure some stuff out, and I knew my running shoes would be there for me, waiting.  I’m about to head out for a run.  My first run in a week.  I’m excited to head out for a run.

Running is patient, and I am learning to be patient with myself.  As so many things change in my life, I know running will always be there for me, fast or slow, long or short, 30 miles a week or 10.

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2015 Running Goals

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

– Christopher McDougall

Savannah Lion

Running Goals for 2015:

1.  Run 1100+ miles.  This year, I will come in around 850-870.  Adding 200+ miles will increase my mileage by about 20 miles per month.  In 2014, I have had 2 months over 100 miles, and my goal is to have most of the months in 2015 over 100 miles per month.

2.  Run a half marathon with no walking.  I currently have registered for 2 half marathons in 2015, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon on April 11, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas on November.  I may add an early summer or early fall half marathon, it depends how the training cycle goes.

3.  5k PR of under 30 minutes and a 10k PR of under 62 minutes.  I have had unofficial 5k and 10k PRs this fall, but they have been in training runs.  I need to focus and increase my speed so it shows on race day.  I feel confident I can reach both PRs in 2015, especially if I continue running some speed workouts, with or without my KCRC group.

4.  Do a handstand.  I know this one isn’t necessarily running related, but it is fitness related, and it will help me improve on core strength and shoulder strength, which will help my running.  I also hope to practice yoga at least once a week, even if it is privately at home.  I miss practicing yoga weekly, like I did back in Hays.

5.  Enjoy the run.  I enjoy nearly all of my runs now, and I want to keep it that way.  I don’t want running to feel like a job, or a chore.  I love running, and want to keep my relationship with running a happy and healthy one.  If I need to take a week off I can, and if I need to get out there and run when I have housework to do, I can.  The run is stress relief, and it is a part of me.

Kara-Goucher

With 2 weeks left in 2014, have you thought ahead to your running or fitness goals for 2015? Share them in the comments below!