April was my last full month of training and it had a lot of ups and down so I wanted to do a quick recap of the month.
I've been training since January 1 for this half so it's strange to say that it's almost race day. I haven't trained for a single race for this long since my first half marathon and I'm feeling like I was finally getting settled in with heart rate training . April was also the month that I finally committed to foam rolling after every run and it's made a huge difference in how I've been feeling.
I upped my calories back up to maintenance this month to fuel my running better and keep my weight around 135 lbs. I've had some days where I haven't eaten the best but I've been feeling really good during my runs and in day-to-day life.
In what I listen to during my runs, I finished reading Three Sisters, Three Queens and started An Echo in the Bone. Three Sisters, Three Queens was a great introduction to a part of the Tudor period I haven't read much about. And An Echo in the Bone just lets me slip back into the familiar Outlander series. I'm only on chapter 24 of 115 so I'm not expecting to finish it in May.
I think my best and worst runs were both long runs this month, not surprising to me as I look back over. And they weren't the best and worst physically but mentally. My worst run was my last long run before tapering, which you can read more about in a previous post. I was really having an off day and it showed in my run and how I felt the entire time. This was also the run that had me doubting if I could actually reach my goal of a sub 2:15 half.
But my best run turned around my doubts. It was the last long run before my race and I threw my training plan out the window to run on feel. As you might have read in my Taper Week Two Review post, it was an awesome 8 miles that I averaged a 9:36 pace. Something I've never done in a training run. My 10 mile PR is the closest I've gotten to that pace at a longer distance and that was a 9:40 average pace I wasn't expecting either.
I'm now 6 days out from my race and so glad that I did that last long run on feel so I'm not doubting myself when I line up to race on Sunday. It really showed me how effective this training was for improving my speed even though it was a lot of slow miles for the past four months.