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.
PR 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.
Run 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
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.
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.
We 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!