Miles: I ran 170 miles. More miles than I have ever run before.
Races: No half marathons but I did run the Shamrock Shuffle which I absolutely loved. I ran faster than I thought I could on tired legs. It made me excited to search for some short distances to run this summer.
|Start line at Shamrock Shuffle|
The best part of April- I finish marathon training, entered taper mode and can't wait to tackle the Wisconsin marathon.
In thinking about my goals for the marathon I recalled that my main goal for the marathon when I started training was to show up at the start line in the best shape possible and I believe I have achieved that. I have logged more miles than I ever have before, completed two twenty mile runs and feel injury free and excited to run. Nervous, a little scared, but excited.
I am a little hesitant to have a time goal because I really have no idea how the race is going to go. I know at some point it will become the mental game because no matter what shape I am in at some point this is going to get uncomfortable. I believe I can finish in 4:30 or less if I pace myself smartly and keep at it. But more than a time goal I want to enjoy myself and have fun and add this baby to my medal hanger.
And because I love this quote:
Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you're young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don't let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.
John Bingham, running speaker and writer
Any last minute advice?
How did April go for you?