Week 6: Change of Scenery

This week of training was decent. It wasn’t great and it wasn’t terrible. Despite the cooler temperatures, my body didn’t feel the greatest. I think that has been a common theme of the month (hashtag most boring runner ever). I was reflecting with someone that when the warmer months come, my body gets slower and I get more frustrated. The months of June-August normally bring one of two things for me:

  1. I end up injured (plantar fasciitis and my stress fracture both happened in the summer).
  2. I just get frustrated with running and inconsistently train which leads nowhere.

I’m going for a new mentality of consistently train through the summer and see if I can come out on top. I have added a few new races to my schedule throughout the summer so hopefully that will keep me busy and healthy.

Monday: 10.5 with T
Tuesday: 11 Around base watching planes
Wednesday: 10.8
Thursday: Off
Friday: 7.3
Saturday: Scott Coffee 8k (32:44) 6:35
Sunday: 5k (19:40) 6:23 

All of my weekday runs were easy and relaxed. There was nothing exciting about the runs but it was nice to change it up. I ran around the base on Tuesday,.  It was nice to be completely removed from my normal routes. Other then that I have been building my base. My goal is to keep it very consistent with running this summer.

The 8k race yesterday was hot and humid. I will have a recap on Tuesday but I managed to keep roughly the same pace as the 5ks I ran last month as well as the 10 miler. I’m not pleased with how my races have been going but I’m healthy and uninjured. I’m enjoying running with friends and racing at a healthy state (which is always the most important goal)! I know adding more speed and readjusting to shorter races will take a while though. Marathon training doesn’t happen overnight and neither does shorter distance training.

me running scott coffee

From the race yesterday!  (For those who don’t know…I also dyed my hair last week…blonde.  I posted a photo on instagram here.

With that another week of healthy running is complete. I had a great week and enjoyed “mixing it up”. I feel like it kept my mind and body much happier.

Questions for you:

How do you train for shorter races?

How do you mix and switch it up when you get bored?