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. 


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.  


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? 

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  1. Wow congrats on an awesome race! It looks like you had a great training week. I have to agree strength training is very important. My coach had me going into the gym twice a week to lift and then doing core work everyday, or I was supposed too, but I can tell it has made a huge difference with my running. My weekend went well I had duty Friday so I was at work from 7am Friday to 7am Saturday morning. After eotkbj did a 17 mile run then came home and showered and went to wedding. Now I am getting ready to go out for one of my two runs got the day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    1. Those pictures looked awesome on facebook, you and Courtney clean up really well!

      I know lifting is really good, but it is so hard to actually get into the mood to do it. ha! Good luck on both runs today! 🙂

  2. Awesome job at that race Hollie!!! You killed the 5k and I am so happy that nothing like last year happened! Its just proof of how recovering well and training hard can make you an even better athlete! Keep it up girl!

  3. YES!!! 5k PR at the end of a run-swim? epic. And no fractures this year, also a plus! 😀 It’s almost hard to believe that it’s already almost august and you’ll be going back up to school for the XC season, wow.

  4. Great job yesterday!! You did amazing and looked so smooth on the run. I tried to see you swim but all I could see was choppy water and HUGE waves. You are a Rockstar for swimming through those conditions!

  5. It is So inspiring reading about your training! I’ve been following for awhile and it is amazing to see how quickly you’ve built up to the mileage you have and how fast you are! Was it weird quitting swimming at first? I told my coach I was quitting a few weeks ago after 2 years of college swimming and I, like you, am switching to running three seasons instead of just one. I’d love to hear how you felt about that because it is interesting that you have the motivation to get back in the pool to swim laps again. I feel like I’m do burnt out I never want to get in the pool again!
    Congrats on that 5k time-so fast!

    1. Thanks! I swim laps because it takes pressure of my body and I have nothing really forcing me to do it. With swim team, it was 6000 yd practices everyday…twice a day…it just became too much and my heart wasn’t into it. Now that I can do it when I feel and what I want, it’s quite liberating!

  6. Nice job on your race yesterday. Freaking awesome. I cant wait to see 6’s on my watch 🙂

    The only way I can make myself stick to a strength training routine is the P90x videos (like you do:D)… If I just go to the gym to lift, I get frustrated and leave.

  7. Way to go on your race and setting a new PR in this heat, your times will be even faster in the fall if you can run that fast right now… I can only dream of times like that lol. I do strength training, we have a class here called Body Pump and I do that, it’s a lot of fun.

  8. I just wanted to say that I really love your blog. Your workouts are so awesome!

    1. Sometimes I do strength work. I try to, but it doesn’t always happen.
    2. My weekend has been great – at a family reunion 😀

  9. You are a champ. Seriously. Do you have any advice on how to stay injury-free? I’m having trouble with my knees and ankles…they just feel weak and I’m not sure what to do! You should do a blog post on how you keep your legs strong and healthy!

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