Taper(ish) Week

Everytime I feel like I type a training blog, it seems like I typed last weeks…yesterday.  Does that even make sense?  I don’t know.  I added some photos from yesterdays race so I wouldn’t be too boring.

So with that, here are this weeks training musingsAs most of you know, I cut my miles to 50 (from 84 last week).  It was very hard for me.  I love running (bahaha!).  But I knew it would be good in the long run (like that pun) so I did it.

It also worked out because I ran my fastest 5k yesterday (18:57).  Don’t get your panties in a bunch I’ll post a recap soon. 

Finished!

With cutting my miles, I also added speed workouts.  Something my body doesn’t do too often.

So besides these three fast runs, everything else was easy. 

Monday: 2X3.1 mile at 10k pace (20:00).  The first 5k was done on trails and the second was done on a combination of trails and cement.  The workout went really well and I was very happy with it.

Wednesday: 2 miles at goal pace of 6:05.  This particular workout was a bit harder and I was struggling somewhat.  The problem was that the heat index was 104.  You can’t control weather (unforntately).

Saturday: What I had tapered for, The Allen Stone Run Swim Run.  I ran the last 5k in 18:57. So apparently taper works for me this time.  😉

And like I said-the rest of the miles were easy and nothing too exciting going on.  

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I am now entering a new training cycle.  My next serious races will be cross country.  I’ll be doing some fun races here and there, but nothing I’m tapering for and nothing too serious.  My goal for the next month is to put in lots of quality miles.

It’s also to swim whenever I feel like it, as like the rest of the summer not to put pressure on myself about it.  If I feel like swimming, I will.  If I don’t feel like swimming…then I won’t.  I have two swim races in early August but I won’t get upset either way with how I do.  Funzies.

One thing I need to be doing actually, is more strength work.  I think that is pretty common with runners, you run a lot of miles and you get too lazy to do strength work because you are too tired.  Sadly, with strength work a lot of injuries could be prevented.  So I’m going to have to continuously remind myself to work strengthen my core and legs to keep them happy and injury free.

Question for you:

1.       Do you do strength work?

2.       How was your weekend?