In the last 2 years that hasn’t been a month I’ve thrown down 5 races. With the exception of Broad Street, none of these were dream races but all of the 5ks served their purpose.
I’m slowly forcing myself back into shape. It’s going to take a few months to get a base and speed back but with consistency, I know it will come back. It’s taking a lot longer than I would like but training and progress is never linear.
This was a really good month of training for me.
Total mileage: 241
May 3 Broad Street 10 miler (1:03.39)
May 10: Race to Neverland 5k (20:20)
May 17: Scholarship 5k (20:15)
May 23: Historic Fairview 5k (19:47)
May 31: Veterans 5k (20:30)
My goal was to do a lot of 5ks and I did. I began to familiarize myself with the race distance and become “more comfortable” running 5ks. I raced more this month than any other month from the last 2 years.
None of my 5ks went exceptionally well but the main take away is I actually got out there and did them (versus talking about it). I’ll be the first to admit I wish I am able to progress faster. In reality, doesn’t want to get faster, as quick as possible?
I’m proud of this month and I do hope June goes as well, if not better. Outside of my running I also began strengthening my core. The little things such as core work and leg strength training are often the things I don’t do. I cannot say I did this perfectly but I was happy getting in strength and core each week.
My race schedule in June includes a few longer races. For some reason, there aren’t as many shorter distances like the 5k. Hopefully it’s not as hot though! Either way I do plan to continuing racing a lot. I think it’s building my momentum for some faster late summer 5ks.
June 6 Scott Coffee 8k
June 13: Flag Day 10k
June 27: Medford Lakes 10k
I also plan to begin some speed workouts. My favorite form of speed work is a tempo run but I also plan to go to the track too. The track intimidates me but I know it’s something I need to do to ultimately PR. There are a few Tuesday night no frill races around Cooper River that I might jump into.
I also would like to get more consistent with my core and strength training. I’ll be happy with staying with consistent racing.
In cliff notes: The month was good for training. I do wish I had been able to run a faster 5k but I’m training injury free and that is still awesome.
Questions for you:
How was your month of May?
How many times do you race monthly?