Monthly Goals Check – April

By | May 7, 2016

Another crazy week with so much going on that ended in a (very good) way that I never expected!  I can’t get into those details right now but probably over the next week or so, I’ll hopefully be able to share.  But, right now, it’s time for the Monthly Goals – April. It was an eventful month with a marathon racecation to Salt Lake City being the highlight.  I’m now in the midst of my Marathon Maniac criteria qualifying with about 6 weeks to go to Rock ‘N Roll Seattle, followed 3 weeks later with the Missoula Marathon.

I set four major running related goals for 2016 focused on distance, PRs, marathon’s and a crazy year-long run streak of running a minimum of 2 miles every day.  To keep things on point, I take a look back each month and check on the progress.  Here is the April review.

Goal:  Run 4 marathons in 4 states


Status:  On track…completed the second marathon of the year in another state at the Salt Lake City Marathon on April 18.  Checkout the full recap and racecation summary.

PRPR at the mainstream distances

  • 5K – 23:16
  • 10K – 46:29
  • Half-Marathon – 1:44:12
  • Marathon – 3:59:55

Status:  no change.

There was an outside chance with the SLC marathon but never a likely outcome.  It was a great race but the rolling hills and altitude made this an unlikely PR.  But, I was quite happy with my 3rd best marathon time, coming in at 4:15:43.  Next opportunities will also be marathon events in Seattle and Missoula.  I’m starting to think that this might not be much of a PR year and I’m totally ok with that given the quality races and events that I’m getting to enjoy.

Smashrun201604_1Run 1500 miles

Status:  on track

1500 miles for the year requires a monthly average of 125.  With the SLC marathon being in the middle of April it encompassed both taper and recovery resulting in my lowest monthly total miles of the year so far at 108.

Jan-125 Feb-146 Mar-162 Apr-108

Current projection = 1631 miles +131 above goal

Smashrun201604_2Run Streak

Status:  on track

Goal is to complete a run streak for the entire year, 366 days.  I’m trying to make it 2 miles minimum per day and was 30/30 in April bringing the total to 121/121 for the year.  April was the first month that I did ponder that this was becoming a real pain!  Running, albeit slowly, the first 2 days after a marathon is painful.  Also fitting in runs before heading to the airport, a Sounders match, and happy hour every Friday is a bit tedious.  I’m determined to make it through the year assuming I stay healthy and injury free but this is one goal that will not be on next years “to do” list.

Other stuff

A few other mostly useless stats for the month – I’ll try to think of some more to add.

  • Total runs: 30
  • Total distance: 108 miles (174 km)
  • Races: 1 marathon (Salt Lake City)
  • Longest run:  26.6 miles (42.8 km)
  • Average run length: 3.6 miles (5.8 km)
  • Average run pace: 9:30 mpm (5:54 mpkm)

It’s was a busy and fun month.  In addition to the race trip, we had a great touristy date day out in Seattle on the last day of the month taking in a Sounders game and the fabulous Pike Place Brewery.

Route66MarathonWe also registered for what will be the final major race of the year in Tulsa, OK at The Williams Route 66 Marathon.  This was kind out of nowhere.  Oklahoma wasn’t on the radar at all but they hit me up on Twitter during a #runchat (I think) and prompted us to go visit their site.  Race looks great with lots of extra bits and pieces.  A quick look over their website, and Wifey and me were set!  This race offers extra special perks to Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics and an opportunity to run the “world’s shortest ultra.”  Kudos to the Route66 social network person – we’re sold and really looking forward to the race!

The race calendar is mostly set for the rest of the year, although we are hoping to also take in Rock ‘N Roll Vancouver which is a half-marathon event in October which will align well with Tulsa.  We had a fabulous trip at the inaugural RnR race in Vancouver a couple years ago and would love to do it again.  We were considering a couple of other cool local races, the Beats 10K in May and the Sounders 9K in July, but the weekends are starting to get pretty busy and we’re leaning against them now.

No races scheduled in May but with recovery from Salt Lake mostly complete, my full attention is on Rock ‘N Roll Seattle in about 6 weeks!  It appears that they have changed the course this year…check the elevation profile and the hills at Miles 20 and 25!!!


Who does that?!!!  Come on Man!!!


RnR Seattle is an awesome event though and I’m looking forward to running the full for the first time having ran the half in 2012 and 2014.

We are having a blast with the #earthathon relay team #runderfulrunners on twitter as well as participating in the weekly #runchat and #bibchat when time allows.  If you haven’t followed on twitter yet, you should, and I’ll follow you right back 🙂

  • How was your April?  Any races, PRs, new distance totals?  How are you tracking to your goals so far?
  • Ever ran or raced in Montana or Oklahoma?

‘Till next time,

Run safe, run strong, run happy!


7 thoughts on “Monthly Goals Check – April

  1. neveradullbling

    Oh those hills for RNR look painful and atrocious! Better you than me, :D! Happy that you can be comfortable with this year not being a PR year for you! Maybe we can find you a easy PR course sometime in the near future, 😉 Nice goal summary!! You are right on track for everything!

    1. James Post author

      hehehe…well you are doing at least half of them, but I’m pretty sure you get that nice little spike at the end too!! you know, assuming i make the 50K at Hamster, that would qualify as a PR…I’ll take it!!

    1. James Post author

      you got that right Robyn!! I know, isn’t that crazy…I know where it is at though…it’s right as we make the final approach from I-90 so it goes way up then we drop off the exit ramp to finish at the Seahawks/Mariners stadiums. But, still…mile 25, C’Mon!!

  2. Chocolaterunsjudy

    I think it’s ok to let go of a goal. I don’t think I’ll ever be doing a run streak — I just don’t see the point (and you obviously have no trouble motivating yourself to run!).

    How can it be that your average run length is 3.6 miles training for a marathon? I guess it’s that run streak! Because I’ve been trying to be kind to my ankle, I’ve only run 3 x week, and that meant most of my runs were at least 4 mile, many 5 or 6 (not counting the long runs).

    1. James Post author

      Hi Judy…yeah, it’s because of the taper before the marathon and the marathon was in the middle of the month…mileage drops to 20-30 miles per week pre-race but spread over 7 days, then post-marathon, I still run every day, but only 2 miles for the first week before slowly adding distance again, so taper+recovery/run streak drives down the average. As for the streak…yeah, I’ve made it so far and hopefully I get to 366 days…but I won’t do it again!


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