I’m posting this a day late but there is quite a lot to look back on this month.
This month I logged 145 miles, logged a new Half Marathon PR, signed up for a new Disney race and began tapering for the New Jersey Marathon on May 5th.
Spring is definitely here and I clocked more miles outside than inside than I have since the beginning of the year. I’m glad to be outside again although my podcast listening is falling behind (a decent trade off).
My new half marathon PR at the Atlantic City April Fool’s Half Marathon on April 7th is pretty much down to me chasing my wife who is more often than not leaving me in the dust these days. The weather for the race was perfect and the flat course and pace I was able to maintain gives me confidence that I can achieve my goal in the upcoming New Jersey Marathon. 🙂
runDisney also announced this month an addition for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. The new Minnie themed 10K race and the new ‘Dopey Challenge’. Needless to say I am in. I signed up to run again with Team Up/Autism Speaks and hope to beat my fundraising of just over $3,400 that I raised for the 2013 ‘Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge’. Wish me luck.
The end of the month sees me in the last week of my taper with only a few days left before the New Jersey Marathon. Looking back at my mileage from month to month I am actually 40 miles or so less than March which was the peak of my training. That feels about a week less of running. I need to learn for future events that I cannot eat as if I ran that extra 40. I’ll worry about that for the next race 😉
The taper itself has not left me frustrated like people often say but the strange thing about running significantly less mileage and catching up on sleep (days without an alarm wake up call!!!) have left me achy and feeling exhausted. Running is definitely a daily energy boost and all the aches and tiredness is hopefully just a sign of my body recharging before the big day. I actually feel refreshed and good about this weekend and hope to meet my goals. If it works out it works out, if not I remember I am not an elite runner and there will be other races. It’s about overall long term health and enjoyment. PR or no PR I will still have run my race, met the distance and earned my medal (and dessert)…although I will be trying as hard as I can for that PR.
(If you want to follow me during the New Jersey Marathon my Bib number is #2492)
Hopefully I will be feeling fit and healthy and have a nice race recap or two at the end of May.
Thanks for sticking with me.
(If you want to support me as I raise funds for Autism Speaks you can do so at this link. Thank you.)