It's April?!?! How did March go by so quickly? That means there's really only about 7 weeks left until the Cleveland Marathon. So here's your 7 week reminder to sign up! HKCLE10 will still save you 10% off your registration!
March was a great training month for me and a month full of many training records! I hit 196 miles for the month (with a previous personal best of 164) and I broke 50 miles in a week, safely, for the first time (last time I tried that I had the IT band injury). Most importantly, not only did my body hold up through the increased mileage and training but my two highest mileage weeks actually felt the easiest. Both times I had no clue that I logged that many miles until I received my weekly summary at the end of the week.
I think a big factor this time around is having a coach who understands how to safely build volume and how to incorporate key workouts at the right time. But most importantly he understands the importance of recovery. During my 50 mile week, I had scheduled foam rolling which added up to over 2 hours. On top of my scheduled recovery work, I've been incorporating additional recovery work (icing/ice baths, massages, epsom salt baths, stretching, etc.) on my own plus I've been really working on my strength and core training in general to build a strong body that can support the increase in miles. Finally, I've been fueling my body in the best way for me (see my last post) so that I can give my muscles the nutrition to recover.
In terms of actual training, I can definitely feel the training plan working because I notice my comfortable pace is dropping and I have to work even harder to maintain my easier miles. So what are some of my key workouts from March?
I just finished a big step back week and this week begins another build over the month of April. I'm excited for more miles and more training and to use the upcoming Boston and London marathons as my inspiration and motivation for this month. Cheers to more miles and more Cleveland Marathon blog posts coming soon!