Week 4: Bonus Rest Day

Last week I took two rest days instead of one.  As I said in post about not showing, I have no regrets.  My body needed the extra rest and coincidently I’ve found myself in a much better place this week.  My legs have felt a lot better and I’m recovered from the head cold.

I had hoped to have a rest week the first week of June but when your body says no…it says no.

Looking back my mileage the last three weeks has been:

54 miles

56 miles 

60 miles

So on top of being sick, it’s clear to why my body was tired. I added an extra rest day and went from there.

It looks like my body is starting to absorb the mileage and get back into shape so I gave no complaints about that.

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 10.5 miles easy Strength
Wednesday: 10.8 miles easy Core
Thursday: 10.4 miles easy
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 10 miles with coworkers
Sunday: Veterans Day 5k (long course), 20:30


I did notice I’ve gotten into a “10 mile” rut. I’ve been running for time versus mileage. This has meant I’ve been running similar distances (within the mile). It was great to run different paths and it has kept me from getting to stale.

I fell off the wagon this week with doing my core and strength training. I was a lot busier than I anticipated.   After Wednesday I will be a lot less busy.

I don’t have a lot of interesting facts about my training. Heck, I don’t even have that great of photos.  Next week is my last week of base building. Then I’ll progress into some speed workouts.

My training next week will be similar to this week. I’m also signed up for the Scott Coffee 8k next Saturday. I like the 8k distance a lot (I haven’t raced one in a while!) I plan to use that race as a base to see where my fitness is. I’m really excited to see how it goes.

Questions for you:

Have you raced an 8k before?

How was your week of training?

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  1. Glad you’re starting to build back the mileage and feeling good doing so! I run an 8k every thanksgiving and it’s always at a point in the year where I’m not actively training so I can’t say I’ve ever truly raced it. One day!

  2. I think we had similar weeks of training in terms of feeling exhausted and needing to rest. All of your amazing 5Ks have made me hunt around locally for one myself, but (I think due to there being so many Parkruns in the UK now) they’re actually really hard to find! I seem to live in the 10K region because there’s one of those just about every week, but any other distance except in certain periods of the year? Forget about it. I don’t think I would know how to pace a 5K at all anyway…let alone an 8K. It’s such an odd distance, but that might be because I’ve never seen or run one before so I just find the concept of running one intimidating.

    I hope you have a great week of training ahead of you 🙂

  3. I’ve done 2 8Ks… it was actually the same race just did it both years. I really liked the distance. I went out like a 5K and tried to hold on, that was my strategy for it, and one year it worked but the next year it didn’t work as well. Not many 8Ks or 10Ks here and I would prefer those distances, but oh well. We do have a 4 miler coming up on July 4 I may do… trail run and insta-PR.

    Congrats on your race today even if the course was long and for getting in the quality mileage! Sometimes an extra rest day helps, you have been really consistent at getting in your miles and also it has been getting hotter over the past few weeks which can wipe me out! I ran more miles this week but I took the week off from #Team5K and didn’t race.

  4. I need to talk to my coach tomorrow, but I’ve viewed the past two weeks of easy running as a second base building segment. I’m still recovering from the bike crash, so my runs will be easy this week too. Hopefully, my run workouts will return to “normal” soon–fingers crossed!

  5. I am not really in a rut, but I am not going over an hour for now (not tracking mileage, just running as fast as feels good) because I am coming off injury and want it to heal. Good luck in your race!

  6. I was in the exact same boat this past week. Complete and total rest days are something I don’t take enough of and I felt ah-mazing after my day off on Thursday. I think this head cold is going around and it is absolute death – glad you’re feeling better : )

  7. I’ve never done an 8K but I think I would like that distance! I like the 15K which I do every year and wish there were more of them. Glad to see you giving your body the rest it needs. Very smart!!

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