An Actual Feel Good Training Week (75 miles)

I’m not sure why writing this weeks training log was so difficult.  I was just not motivated to sit down and reflect on my week of training.  I’m not sure why because it is one of the more productive weeks I’ve had in the last month.  I didn’t have to take another hit of low mileage because of an injury nor did I run a ton of garbage miles.  In fact, none of mile felt bad.  With the exception of the 10k I did a couple of days ago I felt really good. 

Training for the week:

Monday: Elliptical (easy)
Tuesday: 13.5 run (8:24 pace) felt easy and smooth
Wednesday: 10.61 (8:31 pace)
Thursday: 11.26 untimed
Friday: 11.55 untimed
Saturday: Zero Prostate 10k Race (40:25) total miles: 13
Sunday: 15 Mile Long Run
Total: 75


Thoughts about this week:

Since I am still not at the status that I can run the day after a 20 miler on Monday I decided to cross train.  It was easy and felt good.  My gym plays Spanish techno at full volume so there isn’t a need for me to even bring headphones.  I just watch the Ellen show on TV and listen to beats drop.  I was shocked at how good I felt the entire week except for Wednesday.  It was hot that day and I left a little bit later than usual.  Other than that my runs were pretty simple and there isn’t much to say about them.

Here is a quick summary of my 10k race on Saturday.  It was 85 degrees and in the sun.  I haven’t been doing speedwork so I didn’t expect a 10k to feel that pleasant.  I finished in 40:25 which is about a minute slower than my PR (which was done on an absolutely flat course and in perfect conditions).  I’m not disappointed with it and I’m glad to get some speed in after my arm and then my knee.

I had planned to do another 20 mile long run yesterday but since I was out of town and did a 20 last weekend I decided to shorten it.  I’m at a training point right now that 15 mile runs don’t take as much out of me as they used too.  It’s nice because I know I’ll have energy to bounce back today.

Training plans for next week:

If I can get another week similar to this one I’ll be pleased.  Tim’s family is actually coming down for his flight school graduation this week (!!!), so it’s going to be a very exciting and busy week.  We are hoping to do a 10k this weekend (the once every other month race in Del Rio).  We shall see though because his graduation is far more important than that.

Questions for you:

How was your training last week?

How is the weather where you are?  


  1. The weather here in Virginia Beach is perfect this morning, we miss you, come back to us 😉

    That is a fantastic week you had there. Good speed at the race and two long runs.

    Hope Tim has a great graduation! Take lots of pics.

  2. No junk miles = the best miles. Yay for another week injury free and one step closer to NYC!!! I wish I could afford to stay in a hotel up there because I would DEFINITELY come to cheer you on!

  3. 1) My training last week was outstanding, as well as the week prior. Thank goodness because the 2-3 weeks before that sucked!

    2) The Colorado weather is nothing short of schizophrenic. After the monsoon rains that brought the flooding, it was sunny and warm. Then cold. Then cold and rainy again. Now on our way to 80 today.

    The best tip I ever learned is that a “training plan” assumes you do 100% of the runs at 100%. Impossible. Modifications and changes are always made for injury, work/life balance, or just because. You’ll still be dialed in come November.

  4. Weather has been pretty good here this past week and is supposed to be decent (a little warm) this week…but RAIN on Sunday (please freaking make this change).

    Glad to see you had a solid week of training, and I know this week will be nice seeing Tim’s family and I also know you are going to have a solid running week since you have to run FOR me seeing as I’m tapering and shit.

  5. You do 10Ks almost faster than I do 5s. Hah! The weather is kind of crap here. It’s about 61 degrees but I swear you can feel winter in the air. I have a small heater blazing in my office to try to knock the chill out of my bones!

  6. Great to hear that your miles are feeling good! I love that your gym plays Spanish techno. I’d actually like to hear that 😉

  7. Nice work! It’s great you’re not only logging miles, but also logging *quality* miles. My runs have been focused and productive the past two weeks; each one has a purpose, and I’m doing my best to execute as planned. It’s starting to cool off a bit here in NYC, although it’s supposed to be in the high-70s/low-80s this week? Lol.

  8. Racing in temperatures above 78 puts me in a sour-puss mood haha… not a fan, even though I know 78 really is not that hot. I turn into a big ninny. On that note, good for you for racing in that 85 degree weather and doing quite well! Glad you had a good training week Hollie, I hope this helps your confidence even more in anticipation for the marathon. Even more evidence you are going to do well in it!

  9. Woo hoo! I am glad you had a feel good kinda training week, Hollie! After everything you’ve been through lately, I’m sure that was awesome!

  10. One drawback to traveling (Paris and Berlin!) is that the training always gets compromised. I got 6-8miles each day but definitely not what I wanted, or would have done if I were at home (training for the NY marathon).

    Hollie, you have often said that you run only on your toes. I experimented with that and it has so much less impact on my thighs and hips but the next day, my calves were SO sore! I only ran the last 3 miles on my toes just to test it out but wow, the cramps in my calves are not remedied easily by the Y-roller which I use.

    My question for you: are your calves not extra sore due to your running style as that was always the way you have ran/walked? and 2) on the elliptical, are you on your toes or flat on your feet?! I’ve always wondered this. Thanks!

  11. That’s kinda cool that your gym plays Spanish techno music. Mine plays the annoying Top 40 station here which plays the same music constantly, ugh! I always wear headphones if I’m on a machine, but usually I do classes when I go to the gym so I don’t hear the music much, just travelling in and out.

    Running in 85 degrees is brutal. Been there, done that, too many times. Those are the races where you throw PRs and time goals out and really just do your best for what it’s worth!

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