Sunday, May 02, 2010

Race Month!

Welcome May!

As of today, "my next race" as displayed on the left side bar is officially the marathon. Two weeks to go!

April was my peak month for training this cycle with long runs of 25K (15.5mi), 35K (22mi), 32K (20mi) and 37K (23mi) [all of which completed within 10s/km of goal marathon pace] plus 6 speed sessions and two races.

With all of the above, I achieved a new monthly mileage reocrd with 198 mi / 319 KM.

I was able to start taper feeling strong and confident. I'm excited about race day and my primary goal at this point is to stay healthy.

Unfortunately Friday's "long" run didn't go as planned. My knee was feeling a little tight and I started noticing some twinges on the outside (IT band, anyone?). Earlier in training, I likely would have stretched it out and finished the run, but I'm not taking any chances at this point. I called it quits around 12K and have been focusing on stretching and rolling this weekend.

Taking this into consideration, it was easy to make the smart choice for roday's race and not go after that PR! Race Report and fundraising giveaway winner to follow!

32 comments:

ajh said...

It sounds like you are very ready for your race!!!

Anne said...

You are being very smart...I have a feeling you'll rock that marathon!

Her Name is Rio said...

Impressive monthly mileage! Wow! You are ready for that marathon!

ShutUpandRun said...

Can't wait to see what you do race day!

Nicole said...

I can't keep up with all your races! Take it easy....the hard part is done!

Denise said...

smart move calling it quits early. can't believe it's marathon time!! woo hoo!

Amy said...

Way to go on all those miles!

I hope the knee pain goes away!

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on a great month! Wow 2 more weeks--it'll be here before you know it! Tell that ornery IT to behave!

N.D. said...

YAY! so exciting!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Wow! What a great month. You are going to own that marathon!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

WOW, that's amazing mileage! Kudos to you! Awesome job on the race today, keep taking care of that knee! :)

Bethany + Ryan said...

Wow! 2 weeks to go! Yay! :-)

I Run for Fun said...

2 weeks...that is exciting! You are being smart. Looks like your body is going into automatic taper mode. You have had such a strong training cycle...you will run an awesome marathon.

runnernic.com said...

Your going to ROCK your race girl!! You did GREAT in April!! :) Way to go!!!!

Kelly said...

Congrats on the April mileage! I think it's smart you didn't push it on Friday, it's almost marathon time :)

MCM Mama said...

That's an amazing number of miles!! You are so ready for this marathon!

Jamie said...

Great monthly mileage! You are going to rock the marathon on the 16th!

Meg said...

How exciting,two weeks?!

Momma Twitch said...

2 weeks to go!! Yay!! Your mileage is amazing! You are VERY smart to end your run early. IT band issues SUCK (I'm dealing with one right now).

You're going to do great in 2 weeks. :)

dietitianontherun.com said...

Whoop - race month! :) I'm so excited for you! Way to be smart with the run and race - your legs need to be FRESH and ready in 2 weeks.

EndorphinBuzz said...

Impressive work on those long runs! You will crush your goal for sure as long as your knee stays healthy. I found that a twice a day stretching and twice a week gym/weights regimen really helped me with my knee issues over the last few months.

J said...

Glad you decided to take it easy! It definitely could be your IT band. I would say foam roll it if you have one. Otherwise just try to stretch it out.

lindsay said...

taper time!! yay :)

c'mon now, you couldn't have gone out for a 2mi stroll to round that up for april? awesome job on the mileage!

Claudia said...

that's and insane amount of kms!! I'm just amazed!!
The twitching you described sounds like what I felt during the race.
I will have to look up IT Band.

I'm SURE you will do amazing in 2 weeks!

TNTcoach Ken said...

198 miles! You're my hero........

sneakersister.com said...

Way to go Marlene! Rock on marathon sister!!!! And away we go...

destination262 said...

Omigawsh - 198 MILES! That is amazing. Congrats on running the distance. I am so proud of you. And goodluck on the upcoming marathon, you are going to do great!

chris mcpeake said...

Great mileage. You should be in great shape for Missy.

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The Happy Runner said...

What a great month, Marlene! You're going to rock the marathon. Enjoy the taper :-)

yumke said...

Hoping the weather is good for race day! 200 miles for one month is really a lot of mileage, i typically hit that level in thesummer, the spring it`s almost unheard of (I hit 196 in March for my peak month for Boston)

Lacey Nicole said...

you are in GREAT SHAPE!!! it's go time baby :)