I finished April with 87 miles, bringing my cumulative mileage for the year up to 362. I think I am making good progress toward meeting my goal of running 1,000 miles this year. April was good to me, plenty of runs of various distances, beautiful weather, and lots of sun and light in the evenings. I was very busy throughout the month, and I am quite proud of achieving the mileage that I did. The last day of the month, I ran 15 miles with my running buddy. We tackled the distance at a relaxed pace, and I really enjoyed the run from start to finish. It was an appropriate way, I thought, to mark the passing of time into a more intense season of training. I don’t have any races planned for May. My focus this month is to maintain a practice of running most days a week, and to continue keeping up with long runs (10+ miles each weekend). My biggest mistake three years ago when I last trained for a marathon was prioritizing long runs above regular 2-5 mile tempo runs. I think that the uneven distribution of miles over the week led to many of my IT-band woes. Luckily, I haven’t had those aches and pains since (knock on wood), and I feel much stronger overall.
Yesterday, I began the month with a 3 mile recovery run, down to the beach through my neighborhood trails. I reflected on where I was five years ago… heavily pregnant and completely clueless about the future to come. Although I dabbled in running prior to pregnancy, I really became a runner after I became a mother. As I prepare for my baby’s fifth birthday (in a bit of disbelief), I can’t help but to reflect on my own journey these last few years. I feel a wonderful balance in my running right now that I have not achieved before. Similarly, I feel as though I have hit my stride now that my daughter has outgrown the baby years. In life, there is a constant ebb and flow of conditions, relationships, and environments which surround us. However, for the time being, as ephemeral as it might be, I am grateful for the equilibrium.
Other intentions for the month include staying hydrated, remembering to slather on my sunscreen, and continuing to find new local trail routes for my repertoire (keeps things exciting and fresh).