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May 2, 2010

Monthly Recap: April 2010

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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 🙂

to a job that send me a secondary application (yay!) and kicking back with lots of ginger ale.


  1. I know, trusting that rest is best is tough. My marathon is one week out and I’ll only run 11 miles this week. Woah.

    Comment by ShutupandRun — May 2, 2010 @ 16:45

  2. You did really well for such a tough month! The rest will do you good, I’m sure once everything is healed you will come back to running stronger than before! Maybe the injuries are your body’s way of telling you to step it back a little bit.. I think I’d hate cross training too, but luckily I have boxing instead for my cross training 😉

    Comment by Laura — May 2, 2010 @ 17:11

  3. Rest works.

    Comment by a marathoner — May 2, 2010 @ 17:45

  4. Yes rest does work! And you are proof of that! Yes it is hard to run less but I guess that is part of taper and the craziness of it all! Hopefully you will be back running in May and feeling good!

    Comment by J — May 2, 2010 @ 19:30

  5. I’m trying to strike the XT/run balance too. Let’s hope May is better for both of us.

    Comment by Jess — May 2, 2010 @ 20:21

  6. Those are good stats considering how crazy your month was! I think this rest will do you good, I like your plan for balance! I’m trying to do this too!

    Comment by BostonRunner — May 2, 2010 @ 20:51

  7. you are so hardcore! hang in there with the recovery. it must be so hard, but your body will thank you later. 🙂 remember to practice good nutrition for optimal healing (ok, i just had to throw that in there). 🙂

    Comment by Emily — May 2, 2010 @ 21:02

    • Haha to keeping up with the nutrition. That’s why I read your blog 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 3, 2010 @ 22:50

  8. honestly, I think you are just too hard on yourself. Relax, you are not being paid to run…you run for fun, right? And for the good of your mental and physical health. Try not to be too obsessed with numbers, but focus on what GOOD this is all doing to you, as a person! 🙂

    Comment by sophia — May 3, 2010 @ 00:40

    • Oh I totally know I’m too hard on myself! Thanks for the reminder to focus on the good 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 3, 2010 @ 22:49

  9. I know, it’s hard to stay positive, especially when you are as nicked up as you seem. But you know what? PLENTY of badass runners take months off just because. This will not hurt you. Your toe infection from Neptune? Might hurt you if you push it. One month, two months, heck even three months seem interminable now, but are totally short when you think about your running career.

    Comment by sarah — May 3, 2010 @ 09:31

  10. Even your ‘doing less’ month = amazing. What are your plans for the future? (obviously, once you get all of your injuries and stuff cleared up) Congrats on a great training cycle, and again on an amazing boston!

    Comment by tmart — May 3, 2010 @ 14:33

  11. I’m still so so so glad Boston was a success for you. You worked so hard (too hard!), and your efforts paid off. Way to go!

    Comment by Chelsea — May 3, 2010 @ 16:30

  12. […] April: 152.4 miles (9:20 avg pace). Boston. Marathon. (Goal for 2010:Requalify for Boston. Yup.  Did this.  Twice in fact. Holler) […]

    Pingback by For Once I Feel Content With the Past 12 Months « MarathonMaiden's Blog — January 4, 2011 @ 08:24

  13. […] Compare that to April 2010: […]

    Pingback by Previously on MM…April 2011 « MarathonMaiden's Blog — May 4, 2011 @ 16:23

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