Wow, it’s hard to believe how fast this month and even this YEAR is flying by! Even though I had a rocky start at the beginning of the month thanks to an ER visit, a UTI, and kidney stone discovery, I did not let any of that stop me from getting those miles in! I have a 1000 mile goal to hit this year y’all!
April 1, I raced my first 5k of the year, the Rise and Shine 5k. They also offered a half marathon, but I wasn’t quite ready to tackle that distance again just yet. Thanks to cooler temperatures, I managed to finish in 27:52 which was faster than the last 5k I raced in July. I was super happy with my time and how easy it felt. Me high fiving our cheering squad around mile 2! And finally, I race photo where I’m sprinting to the finish line! Yes!!!
Unfortunately, there were no AG awards, but according to the times I would have placed second in 35-39 AG and 4th in 30-39 AG. Not bad considering there were 300 5k finishers!! This race proved that the 5k distance is still my strongest for racing. My 10k times are pretty good but I struggle to run fast for 13.1 miles. It’s just really hard for me.
The next weekend, April 7, I went to the ER with abdominal pain. The doctor discovered I had a kidney stone and UTI. Ouch, ouch, ouch. Needless to say, after another round of antibiotics I’m doing well. I am currently training for half marathon number sweet 16, the Magnolia Meltdown which is May 6. I ran 8 miles April 15 and it went really well thanks to cooler weather.
And last weekend, I made it 10 miles, only this time I struggled a bit because I was just plain tired. My legs did not want climb the hills and the temps were warmer with 96% humidity. My elevation chart. Can you count the hills?
As for strength training, I teach fitness classes 3 days a week and had to miss a lot thanks to my health issues. I have been back full swing this week. I will have to grade my strength training as a B.
So far I have logged 64.5 miles for April and only have 15.5 more to go to meet my goal of 80 miles for the month! So running gets an A for this month! I’m very proud to say I ran my fastest 4 mile run just this morning. Thanks again to the cooler weather, I was able to push myself!