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April stats & May goals

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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

emoticon 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.
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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...
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    Congratulations on your April success! emoticon
    Good luck with your race this weekend!
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    1820 days ago
    I have confidence in you. You can do it!!

    1820 days ago
    Great job on the nutrition! I'm glad you're back to your happy weight.
    As for the races, I'm not a runner to be able to give you advice but I think that you should focus on each one ahead of you and do your best. I'm sure it will be more than enough.
    I'll send you lots of warm and sunny vibes! We have the opposite "problem" here. An early summer! It's unbelievably hot for this time of the year! So, I'll try to send some good weather your way!
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    In case I haven't told you recently, you're always one of my main fitness inspirations!
    Good luck on Sunday!
    1821 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/2/2013 1:45:15 AM
    You're awesome!! You had a great month of April!
    Good luck at your race this weekend! Enjoy the scenery and have a great run!!
    1821 days ago
    Have a great race and enjoy that scenary! I think you are right on with your 2-3 rest days = better weight loss.
    1821 days ago
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    Go away snow! In NY we've had some good weatehr but I know what you are saying - sometimes you NEVER feel ready. Spend less time worrying about the hills and focus on the beautiful scenery.
    1821 days ago
    I want every race to be a PR, so far so good, but sooner or later that is going to stop. I hope it doesn't stop for you this weekend! Fingers crossed because I know what the excitement will do for you mentally.
    1821 days ago
    snow snow go away - crazy weather! sounds like April went well and hoping for a great May for you! good luck at your next HM - remember to enjoy it!
    1821 days ago
    Good luck!!!!!
    I have a 25K race on Mother's Day weekend that I always have PRed so far, but its getting harder!!!! I am not so sure about this year!!!! I don't feel as "fast" so far this year, but I will see!!!:-)
    1821 days ago
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