Training: Mile Repeats and Hilly 5ks

Training wise last week was relatively boring. Boring is good because it means I’m healthy and injury free.  While I haven’t been PRing this summer I have stayed healthy and that is half the battle! It was also my highest mileage week in a while. I also felt pretty good. I’ve been focusing a lot on my sleep, which is benefiting my recovery.

Monday: 10 miles easy
Tuesday: 10 miles easy
Wednesday: 3X1 mile track workout (6:03, 6:08, 6:08)
Thursday: Rest
Friday 10.75 miles easy with T
Saturday: Wilmington 5k (20:33)
Sunday: 14 miles easy
Total: 68 miles

Thoughts: 

Both Monday and Tuesday were easy runs. On Tuesday it down poured rain. As a fair weathered runner, I was both proud and surprised with myself for running outdoors. Normally I would just run on the treadmill, cross train or take the day off. The run itself felt good though!

On Wednesday, my husband and I headed to the track. My original plan was to run 400s but he suggested we do mile repeats. About two years ago I did mile repeats on the road but haven’t sine then. I didn’t feel great during the miles but I did do them. I know going to the track and keeping consistent is key.  It was nice to switch it up but mile repeats are challenging.  Eventually I would like to work up to more.

3X1 mile with 2 minutes rest (6:03, 6:08, 6:08)

On Thursday I rested and on Friday I ran with my husband again! It was a nice easy paced run and we explored several roads I had never been before. It went by quickly! Long time readers know we met through running since it is nice to be able to enjoy that again.

On Saturday I ran another hilly race in Wilmington. I have been enjoying the recent hilly races. Since we don’t have a lot of hills in NJ, it’s been nice to run on hills. I think it will benefit in long-term training. While 20:33 is not a great time for me, it’s one of my faster times recently. I know I’ll eventually break through my plateau.

Today was a nice easy run. I have been running 14 miles to keep me familiar with the distance. I will be racing a few half marathons this fall so I plan keep my long runs between 10-15.

Cliff notes: I’m going to the track, racing on hills and staying injury free (knock on wood)

Thoughts for Next Week:

Next Saturday is the Belmar Chase 5k. I’ve been looking forward to this race all summer. My fitness is not at the level I had hoped but I will still give it my best shot and see where it goes! There are several 5ks I have begun looking at in the fall that I will hopefully PR. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is fitness!

On another note I wrote about a post about lessons I’ve learned through running.  I enjoy reflecting each week as well as my life long running.

Finishing the 5k
Finishing the 5k from last weekend

Questions for you:

What is your favorite track workout?

Do you train on hills?