The month of April was good and bad to me. It started off poorly with a very bad run at the Northern Nipmuck 16M race. The heat got to me during the second half of the race. I cramped badly and walked quite a bit over the final four miles. Following Nipmuck I ran three good races at Merrimack River10M, Traprock 50K and Blue Hills 10M. At Merrimack and Blue Hills I ran negative splits and at Traprock the last 10K was my fastest of the race.
The day after Merrimack River I awoke with moderate knee pain. I ran through it for a few days but when it didn't improve I rested for two days and the pain disappeared. I thought I was in the clear but the pain returned at mile 21 at Traprock. Again I ran through the pain and raced again at Blue Hills the following week. Looking back, running four races in four consecutive weekends was not very wise given the knee pain. I may have injured myself to the point were I'll have to take an extended amount of time off. I should know for sure next week when I go for treatment.
Here are the numbers for the month. Not bad, but I was shooting for 150 and could have reached that if I stayed healthy.
Total Miles: 139
Best Week: 47
Longest Run: 31
# of Runs: 18
Avg. Run: 7.2
# of Races: 4
Race Miles: 67
I have a strong feeling the numbers will look much worse for May.