running wrap-up: april

April was finally my breakthrough month with running training! After struggling to find the time the past couple months since Porter was kicked out of daycare, I finally made the time after the boys went to bed to log the miles and really get going. My pace(s) were generally slower this past month, but I’ve been working to remember that old adage, “celebrate finish lines, not finish times.”

I also did my first half of the year this past weekend. Honestly, I felt like garbage. Between driving 12.5 hours the day before, sleeping only 5 hours and being extremely dehydrated, I was off from the get-go – especially mentally. Despite being a bit disappointed by the outcome, I’m looking at it as my stepping stone for Lake Placid in June, so I have something to train for. I resorted to a run/walk for a significant portion of the half, so my pace was slow, and I need to remind myself that every step counts, and that’s what matters.

Here are some of my April stats for my records:

Longest run: 13.36 miles
Shortest run: 3.12 miles
Fastest pace: 9:17
Slowest pace: 11:32
Miles this month: 61.72
Miles this year: 176.52

I did over 32 miles more this month than I did last month. I have a long way to go with my marathon training, but this was a significant improvement! The boys started daycare yesterday, so I now have a little extra wiggle room to work out (and actually work), so I’m excited to see where things go in May! Fellow runners…how did you do?