Monthly Wrap-Up: Continuing to get faster during April

I ended my April running with a view of this beautiful sky. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

It’s only the first day of May, and the month is already off to a busy start with the Pittsburgh Marathon virtual relay today, the Run for the Animals Half Marathon tomorrow and deliveries from the Brooks Run Happy Team and the Pittsburgh Marathon today.

But in this post, I’m wrapping up April.

  1. I ran 80 miles. I still haven’t broken 100 miles for a month yet in 2021, but I’m happy with how my running has been going and I’ve been able to notice myself getting faster.
  2. I ran my fast 1600 in 8:18. I was able to break through and run an 8:18 1600 at the Bennett Middle track on April 1. I’m running a fast 1600 at the beginning of each month, and my previous 1600s were run in 8:32, 8:30 and 8:30, so I was excited to see some progress.
  3. I ran two races. These were the Salisbury Half Marathon — where I beat my fastest 2020 time by eight minutes, on my way to meeting one of my 2021 goals to beat at least two of my distance times — and the virtual Zoo Stampede 5K, at which I came close to my fastest 5K time of 2020.
  4. I also started participating in a new running experience. Through BibRave, I got access to the Run to Escape Series: Mission Mt. Olympus experience. Stay tuned to my blog and social media to learn more.
  5. I did some speed work. I did two speed workouts suggested by Brooks Run Happy Team Coach John Honerkamp. These included 12 400s with 90 seconds of rest in between each and a four-mile tempo run. I felt good about both.
  6. I did yoga consistently. I finally got consistent with my yoga practice and did four online yoga classes with Soul Yoga Studio from home, one for each full week of April.

April was a good month! I look forward to seeing what the rest of May brings.