Training: 2 Rest Days and 2 Races

Warning: This post is all over the place.  

Last week I had a lot going on. Running wise, I could tell it caused me to feel run down.  About three weeks ago, I started taking an antibiotic for my skin. The lat few weeks I haven’t felt great.  I’m running well, but I’ve felt lethargic, run down and even more anxious.  I’ll write another post about that sometime soon but in summary, the only thing that changed was beginning to take the antibiotic.  After researching side effects and talking with my doctor, we realized the antibiotic wasn’t a good fit for me.  Even though it’s not running related, it did affect my racing and training.


Monday: Easy run 15 minutes core
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 6X1 mile repeats 15 minutes core
Thursday: Rest 15 minutes core
Friday: Easy run
Saturday: Local 5k 19:47 (6:21)  15 minutes core
Sunday: Loop Run 8.4 Miler 54:00 (6:25 pace)
Total:  60 miles

My easy runs were just that, easy.  There was nothing exciting.

Workout Wednesday: 6X1 mile uphill repeats 6:45 pace

It was a hard and challenging workout. To be honest, the weather was windy, cold and rainy and I was mentally disconnected from the workout. I’m proud of myself for getting through it. Sometimes workouts feel effortless, other times they do not.  uphill mile repeats

Saturday: Local Memorial 5k (19:47)

As I said, I haven’t been feeling the greatest and was under instruction to tempo versus race. Honestly, that was fine with me because I don’t think racing would have produced a much faster time. I hung back during the race, and my mile splits were 6:11, 6:21 and 6:28. I was glad to get some faster miles on my legs. My legs didn’t feel bad, but my stomach didn’t great.  The goal was to finish in 19:45 and I ran 19:47.

I did win this neat award though
I did win this neat award though


Sunday: Loop Race (8.4 miles) 6:25 pace

I ran the loop race last year as my first race post stress fracture.  I ran the race in 59:05.  This year, despite running a tempo race the day before I ran 54:00 minutes which averages to a 6:25 pace.  I was pleasantly surprised with how the race went.  I’ll have a race recap this week, but it was nice to finish the week off on a better note.

Thoughts for Next Week: 

Next week I’m hoping to run another base 5k on Thursday. My weeks have been a little bit unusual the last month with a lot of mid-week racing. I’ll try and do a speed workout and race.

I’m also hoping that I’ll be able to start feeling healthy since I’ve stopped taking the antibiotic.

Questions for you:

How was your week of training?

Have you ever had side effects from medicine? 

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  1. I just started taking trazadone for sleep-I’ve had terrible insomnia for the last 5 months. It was ruining my workouts, moods & what little social life I have. The meds make me drowsy in the morning yet but just a reason for more coffee! 😉

    Hope you feel better soon!

    1. I’ve heard a couple people say that too. I’ve never really had serious side effects from any medicine before. Now with it all typed out, it seems fairly obvious what was causing it!

  2. Hope you feel like your old self in no time! Even with taking it easy that’s an awesome 5k time! Plus a really solid 8.4 mile run the next day, can’t wait to see how great you’ll do when you’re feeling 100% 🙂

  3. Sorry to hear about the bad side affect from the antibiotic! Thank goodness you realized what was wrong and are able to stop taking it. I’ve never had to take any kind of medicine luckily, so nothing has affected my training. Hope you feel better soon!

  4. I hope you’re feeling back to normal soon! It’s pretty crazy how something non-running related can really affect us. I’m glad you had a great race yesterday despite how you were feeling!

  5. ugh yeah building up to my current regiment of medication definitely took a lot of patience. but i love that even with all that youve got going on you still got 1st female overall heheh.

  6. I took migraine meds that made soda taste flat and made me wildly forgetful. I was trying to go to a drive-thru and pulled up at an ATM, forgetting why I was there. It was scary – meds (and getting them right) can be quite the process! Hope you get things sorted out and feel better soon! Congrats on a super cool award 🙂

  7. Meh, sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling like your normal self, but I’m glad you were able to pinpoint why and make some changes. What a well executed race/workout–only two seconds off the goal is so precise.

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