April was…an interesting month to say the least.
The foundation for the month really started on March 28th when I ran the Eastern States 20 Miler. If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile then this is review but for any new readers that race was awful for me. I had been dealing with shin splits and there wasn’t a single pain free step that whole race. I had to take lots of time off that week because I don’t think I could have run on my shins. I honestly had thought that I had fractured my shin.
Flashforward to the next weekend and I ended up in the hospital for an infection in my toenail. I had to have a minor procedure and no running for another few days. By the time I felt okay to run it was ~10 days pre-Boston. I still wasn’t doing any speedwork and the actual running I was doing was minimal.
Then Boston happened and I ran the race of my life (well so far. Hopefully I improve as the years go on ha!). I had no pain and ran a PR with a negative split. Then came recovery for a few days and I got two decent runs in before I was back in the hospital for the staph infection that I needed an IV for. Aka no running.
Soooooo April was a HUGE nosedive from previous months with intensity and miles. Which I’m trying to be okay with. I have two thoughts on it, one is that this sucks. Hardcore. I’m so type A that to be forced to back off is mind blowing and slightly terrifying. Granted things worked out with the marathon (PR baby) but it’s still hard for me to trust that rest works. The other thought is that rest works. My body needed this month to be not intense running wise. And it was a good mental exercise too.
I keep going back and forth between the mindsets with some days easier than others. But such is life I guess.
With that all said, here’s how the weeks broke down with a sentence or so about them. I was lazy (or too distracted by NOT running) this month to do them as the weeks passed so my memory is kind of shaky.
Week of March 29 – April 4
- 54.5 miles
- 8 hours 46 minutes 8 seconds
- 9:39 pace
- 3 x core, 1x lift, LOTS of XT
Well so much for really cutting back post-Eastern States. Although I suppose that 54<100. At this point I decided to 100% cut out speedwork for the remainder of the cycle up until Boston (and which is why during the weekly breakdown all the average paces are SO SLOW. No speedwork to pull those paces down). I also reduced the lifting this week from 3X –> 1X and then after that first week of the month lifting got cut completely. Partly because of taper, partly out of my shins.
Week of April 5 – 11
- 38.7 miles
- 6 hours 2 minutes 27 seconds
- 9:22 pace
- 5 X core, 0X lift, LOTS of XT
Really ramped up the XT here with the further decrease in miles. I think I got a little obsessive and worried that my cardio-fitness was going to be lost though because I was constantly thinking that I should go back to the gym to do more!
Week of April 12-19
- 27.8 miles
- 4 hours 26 minutes 42 seconds
- 9:36 pace
- 3X core, 0X lift, LOTS of XT, One rest day
Took my first 100% rest day in a *very* long time* (like November?)
Week of April 19 – 25
- 40.7 miles
- 5 hours 54 minutes 59 seconds
- 8:43 pace
- 3X core, 0X lift, LOTS of XT
Week of Boston! Which is why the average pace is WAY lower than the other weeks ha! I got two 7 milers over this weekend and my legs definitely felt recovered (which makes what happened on Sunday — toe infection — so hard to deal with) although by the end my quads were a little fatigued.
Week of April 26 – May 2
- 8.1 miles
- 1 hours 15 minutes 5 seconds
- 9:16 pace
- 4X core, 0X lift, Minimal XT
Week of severe toe infection. So lots of rest here. As you can see I did sneak out for an 8 miler (on Sunday which isn’t getting counted as April because it was May 2nd) because the toe/leg was not red at all and there was no pain. The run itself was really relaxed and easy.
- 152.4 miles
- 23 hours 41 minutes 21 seconds
- 9:20 pace
- Lots of core, Little lifting, Lots of XT, One rest day
Overall I’m trying to be happy. The rest was good for pushing me mentally into getting out of the go-go-go-keep-pushing-no-matter-what attitude despite how hard it was. But I can’t grow if I don’t challenge what’s comfortable right?
And all the non-running days obviously didn’t hurt me because I rocked Boston (if I do say so myself ) and not only did I run well but the mentality of Boston was so much fun. I think that I was able to salvage something from my overtrained state.
This month (May) I”m going to have to up the lifting soon as I lifted…once (?) this whole month! I kept the core going strong though and totally rocked the XT. I’m going to try to strike a balance between the (hideously horrible) XT and running. Although overall I don’t hate XT as much as I did before. I think I’m getting tolerant of it
Happy Sunday all. Hope your month of May is starting off right