63 Miles and Breaking Through a Plateau

Last weekend’s 10k race took a lot longer to recover than usual. I haven’t raced a 10k all out in a while so it made sense it took a lot longer to recover. It obviously effected my training this week since I was running a lot easier than normal.   I ended up needing Monday off.

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 10.7 miles
Wednesday: 10.7 miles
Thursday: 10.0 miles hilly
Friday: 10.6 miles
Saturday: Firecracker 5k   (19:15) Plus deep tissue massage
Sunday: 12 miles


The first few days of the week were much more difficult training and life wise.  As I said earlier I was recovering from the 10k.  I haven’t been getting the best sleep lately either which definitely played a role in my recovery!

On Monday I did not feel good at all. My legs were exhausted and it was hot out. Normally I have been taking Thursdays off but I knew there was no way I felt decent to run on Monday.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday were similar easy runs. The rest day on Monday helped me recover faster but I still didn’t feel great. On Thursday I got to run with my father in law in Chambersburg, PA.  It was a really nice change of scenery and I reset button for me.  It was an extremely hilly run. I love central PA because I am able to get hills in. I also enjoyed running with my father in law.

After the week of training I had, my race on Saturday was surprising. I was not expecting to run a 19:15! I was hoping to be around 19:30 but I will take a faster race when I was feeling worse.

haddon heights 5k


On Saturday after work I also got a deep tissue massage which helped to loosen up my muscles.

Next week:

I’ll be racing the Belmar 5 miler on Saturday. I’ve been really forward to this race all month. I haven’t been to the shore all summer!  My goal is to beat my 8k pace time from the Scott Coffee Run. Other then that I will continuing adding speed and base. It’s exciting to finally see progress with my training and break through a plateau!

Questions for you:

What was the last training plateau you broke through?

How was your Fourth of July weekend? 


  1. I knew you could do it!!! I can’t wait to see you Tuesday! I always love running in Shippensburg, too. I thought it was less humid there.

  2. Wow that is a lot of running- I doubt I could even run a quarter of that at the moment! I admire your passion and dedication to the sport too much :).

  3. I took a considerable rest period after Boston, so I have run over 26.2 miles in an entire week’s time since then. I’m finally starting to increase my mileage again and got in 28 miles this week. So slowly building again, but feels like a breakthrough!

  4. Woohoo! As you know, I’m currently working my way through a running-related plateau. It feels awesome when hard work *finally* starts to pay off!

  5. I haven’t been running, so no plateau breakthroughs for me recently. I know when I started doing speedwork, my half marathon time got a lot better.
    I worked all 4th of July weekend and it went surprisingly well. I enjoyed fireworks when I got home.
    Great race this weekend!

  6. I am totally struggling race wise right now. I just had my 3rd not great race in a row and it kind if stinks! I knew I had a couple not so great half a before this, but I was thinking sat would be a good race for me. It was a 10k and I was going for 41:30ish. I really do feel trained for that…earlier this season I did 19:48 5k and my last 2 speed sessions went well. I ran sat in 42:59 and got 4th in my age group missing a cash prize by 1 spot :(….stinks! Just trying to nail down what is wrong with my racing or maybe I am over estimating my ability.

  7. What an amazing week for you!! I love a good surprise race time 🙂 After my triathlon this week and some much needed rest, I’m looking forward to getting back into marathon training!

  8. YAY Hollie! Breaking through those plateaus always feel SOOOOOO good, especially when you have been stuck for a while. It always makes all those moments of doubt worthwhile. I am glad you have one of those, and I think there are more coming. Training is coming along well for you, and the confidence from this race will help to fuel you forward….not to mention the prize, what a great bonus!

  9. Nice 5k time!! You’re truly impressive. A strong runner! I ran a 10k this weekend and had a great time. I’m still in a training funk or rut rather. But hoping to knock it out with a few easy weeks of no training expectations. Have a super week!

  10. I’ll be at Belmar 5 as well. It is a great race – tons of people were out with hoses and sprinklers last year… it was hot!

  11. Great job.!! great week of training and a great week of racing. wow I wish I could do both in one week, but usually I can only manage one at a time. lol
    Glad you’re getting close to that 5k PR

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