20, 80, and a whole lot more

running, April 2011Today's 4.5-mile run may very well be the most important run I've had in 6 months. Not only did it get me to 20 miles for the week and past 80 miles for the month of April, it caps what is the wildest 6 months of running I've ever had. It's almost hard to believe that at the start of this cycle, I was injured and now I'm talking about running 20 miles in a week again. I've gone from running the Richmond Marathon with a bum leg, to running just a couple of miles a week for a while, to slowly building my mileage back, to getting a PR in a 10k, to this.

This is about so much more than the mileage. It's about getting my confidence back; it's about feeling the best I have felt in a year; it's about getting back to having fun with running again.

Having all this come together in April is very important to me too. After completely awful Aprils in 2008 and 2009 in which I ran just a little more than 30 miles each, I've now had two awesome Aprils. Last year I did my 30-day streak, had two great races and logged 100 miles.

In addition to running, I have continued to do many "other" things such as a variety of push-ups, sit-ups and squats. I fell short my 50 consecutive push-ups goal, but I still did more than 500 push-ups this month. I have to go back to the drawing board on that. I maxed out at 35, but even with rest when my arms felt tired I couldn't get beyond that. I need a better plan.

All in all, I am happy with where things are 1/3 of the way through the year. I'm in a good place with my running to keep gradually increasing my overall mileage and continue building a base before I flip the mental switch to "officially" training for the Baltimore Marathon.

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