April was a great month. I admitted that I needed to focus on nutrition. I don't track calories, but I did mark on my calendar everyday how I did with food. During day and after dinner. 2 goals everyday. I took 2 or even 3 rest days every week. And it worked. I am finally back to my happy weight. 0.5 away from my low before Christmas. With continued focus, I know I'll get there this month.
Of course this doesn't mean I slacked on fitness. I love working out way too much to do that!
91 running miles for the month
10 bike miles: My first outdoor ride of the season! Felt so good. But, man, was my butt sore!
3 swim miles: met my goal of getting in the pool more than once a month
This Sunday I'm running the Lake Minnetonka HM. I ran it last year and loved the scenic, hilly course. I used it as a marathon training run. At the time 13 seemed short. ha! How mileage is relative. 13 sounds very very far right now. And hills sound very very awful. I have only run my typical hills run once this Spring. because it hasn't really been Spring yet so a hills run is icy and dangerous. And snow is forecasted for tonight. Happy May Day MN! done with my weather rant.
I do not feel ready for this race. DH says that I say this before every race. But seriously, I do not feel ready for this race.
On this course, last year I ran a 1:54 which is 8:42 pace
Last month I ran a 1:51. An 8:28 pace.
My original goal for this race was 1:49. 8:19s. ummmmm, don't think my legs have that in em right now.
My last few long runs have not gone that well and it's gotten to me mentally. On top of that, while planning my training schedule I read lots of stuff about how to get a sub 4 hour marathon. "They" say you should be able to run a sub 1:50 HM to get the sub 4. I know everyone is different and that courses vary a lot. But I want that 1:49. Running is such a mental game. marathon training will go better with a 1:49 in me. Am I focusing on pace and times too much? Maybe. But it's also motivating me, so maybe not.
The good news is that I'm registered for 2 more HMs this summer. That takes the pressure off of this weekend. And after this race I can think about the rest of my May goals...