Training: 16X400s and 5ks…

To be honest, this week my training clicked. I recovered well from the Festival of Races and enjoyed the cooler weather this week.  I don’t want to jinx myself, though!

Monday: Easy run

Tuesday: Easy run with Austin.  He’s the Saucony rep for the Philly/NJ region, so I work with him frequently.  I was lucky enough to try out some new shoes.  I’m excited for the updated Saucony Triumph ISO, which will come out Nov 1.  Austin is also running the Chicago marathon today.  Anyways, it was an easy run, and it was nice to chat with someone.

Austin and I

Workout Wednesday: 16x400s with 1-minute rest (average 6:03 pace)

To be honest, this workout felt easy and effortless.  I was surprised to plug it into my computer and realize how fast I was going.  I did the intervals on the road (versus track).  I haven’t felt this good about a workout in a while.

I love the ability to program 16X400s with one-minute rest and let me Garmin do all the hard work. It makes workouts less stressful but also allows me to do them wherever I want…road, track…parking lot…wherever!

Saucony A6

Thursday: Rest

Friday: easy, uneventful run.

Saturday: Pitman Panther 5k (19:04)

In summary, it was a consistent and solid effort for me with (6:10, 6:15 and 6:10) splits.  I am euphoric with the results since it is my fastest 5k in just over two years.  I also won the race for both men and women!  More details soon…

Great photo of my friends Liz, Chris and I
Great photo of my friends Liz, Chris and I

Sunday: Run the Vineyards (trail/cross country) 5k 20:31

I did the Run the Vineyards Grapes and Peaches 10k last month and loved it.  I loved the atmosphere and the scenery, so I decided to do another local Vineyards Run.  Once again the race was well organized and put together and don’t regret it.  The course today, however, was much more challenging.  In fact, I wore my spikes! It was muddy, sandy and grassy! It was a tough course and after racing the previous day I had no goals but to have fun.  I accomplished that!  Running through the fields, dirt and mud made me miss cross country a lot!

Total Mileage: 69

Speed work mileage: 10.2

Thoughts:

As I said, I could not be happier with this week. I feel like my running is finally coming together. Lately, I’ve taken out my long run (13-15 miles) altogether, and that has been fine.  I’m not training for anything that I necessarily need to do that mileage right now.   I’m excited with how my running is going.  I’m finally inching closer to my 2-year-old PRs.  I enjoy racing a lot, and it allows me to get speed workouts in.  Plus, it’s nice to see progress from the spring as well.

I’m not quite sure how next week will go since I’m running the Runner’s World 3.8 trail race/5k/10k/13.1. To be honest, I’m nervous because this is what I like to call a “danger zone.” Racing 2 5ks in one weekend is not as damaging to your body as racing all of those together.  In fact, the races add up to an entire marathon.  

Questions for you:

Have you ever ran several races in one weekend?

Surprisingly no! I’ve obviously run two 5ks in one weekend but never a longer distance!  I’m excited for the weekend, but I’m also nervous.

How was your week of training?