running wrap-up: april

As I'm sure I mentioned somewhere along the way, Ryan and I decided to sign up for a half marathon this year, which is taking place on June 14th in Lake Placid, NY. This is the first half marathon for both of us, though Ryan did do a 50k once upon a time during his last deployment. Needless to say though, this requires training for the both of us, and that's been quite the challenge with the baby, working and Ryan's new work commitments.

In April, I didn't do nearly as well as I'd hoped. I've been hoping to do 5 runs a week, though I seem to have managed between 2 or 3 at best most weeks. Between being sick, our sitter quitting, finally becoming comfortable(ish) putting Spencer in care for a couple hours a day, I just didn't find the time to get out there. Plus, let's be honest...pushing the jogger is hard!

I'm sucking it up lately and just getting out there with the stroller, but my's tough. Between the jogger, itself, the car seat and Spencer, we've figured it weighs about 60 lbs. That's a lot of resistance, and my running times show it. I think I only did one 3-miler with the jogger this past month, so I need to improve on that in May.

My fastest run in April was a 9:39 pace for 2 miles. It wasn't the world's best run, but I felt pretty strong during it, and my hip wasn't killing me, which is always a plus. My new running shoes, the Mizuno Wave Hitogami  are serving me well, and I haven't had any shin splints, so I consider that a win. Here's the breakdown of April:

Longest run: 3 miles
Shortest run: 1.25 miles
Fastest pace: 9:39
Slowest pace: 10:51 pace
Total miles: 19.3 miles

All in all, April wasn't my best running month, but it was a lot better than March, and I'm on the right track for May - already 10 miles under my belt so far. We have a new sitter starting today, so I'm hoping to get a good run in during my work hours (whoops) - hopefully a longer one - and really just looking forward to getting ready for June!


  1. I think you're doing a great job with running! I was hoping to run at least 3 times a week, and I usually only make it once. With my husband and I's work schedule I just can't run as much. However, I at least get in a few workouts a week. Good luck in your first half marathon!

    Liz → {sundays with sophie}

  2. You're doing really awesome! I JUST started running again last week and my legs are paying for it, but I'm glad! Jerry and I are planning for a half-marathon this fall. It'll be my second and his first. I walked a lot of my first one, but that's okay... I was just glad to finish! Knowing your determination, you will do GREAT!

  3. You are a rock star! Seriously, so so good! Keep it up mama! You're awesome!

  4. Training for a 1/2 is such a challenge but will be an amazing accomplishment! Good luck girl, you'll do great!

  5. You are doing great. Training for a half takes up a lot a time, so just take it week by week. You will be surprised at how fast you can run without the stroller if you keep training with it! It will toughen you up!