This article was originally posted by Ed at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.
April was, overall, a good month. I got in some hard training but yet, some inconsistency and a great race. Out of the 30 days I ran 26 days and missed four days. I had wanted to average at least 200 miles per month this year. I did that Jan, Feb and March in April I ran 199.18 miles â yes thatâs right, less than 1 mile shy. Thatâs ok because the quality of the 199.18 miles was very good. I averaged a 7:48 per mile pace for the month and ran a total of 25 hours and 45 minutes.
This training set me up for a race on the last day of the month. A race that was well executed and netted me a new PR in the 5K. My new 5K PR is down to 18:16 â not bad for a 45 year old with adult onset running disorder.
I did have an issue with needing to move the Tuesday workouts to Wednesday feeling that one more easy day would put my legs in the best condition to get the most out of the workout. That is something that I will correct this month especially because Coach Hill has dangled a very tempting carrot in front me. He is giving me the option to do a progression run on Thursdays if I feel good (not more than two Thursdays in a row though.) The prospect of more hard work is very tantalizing â I want that!
I am ready, willing and able to work myself to tears if it means achieving my goals of a sub 18:00 5K, sub 30:00 8K, a sub 1:21:00 Â½ marathon and a sub 3:00:00 marathon.