Training: An Unexpected 2.5 Year PR

This was the week.

The week of weird, unexpected and the week I Pred…while wearing a wet seal prom dress.

Thank you Ally for this photo
Thank you Ally for this photo

Life is full of unexpected events and without the unexpected I don’t think LOLZ blog would be able to exist because I’m normally pretty boring.

With that training this week was weird, and I’m okay with that.

Monday: OFF
Tuesday: 13.35 with Liz (her longest run ever)
Wednesday: Easy run with Tim
Thursday: Morning Shakeout run in VA
Friday: Hair of the Dog 5k (18:22)
Saturday: Easy run
Sunday: Easy Run
Total: 69 miles

On Monday I felt sore, so I rested.  The last few weeks have been weird for me.  Typically I take Thursdays off but lately I have been taking Mondays off.

My run on Tuesday has become one of my favorite because I enjoy running with Liz. It’s always a lot of fun to just chat and hang out for 2 hours. It was raining (again), but we had a great time. Plus it was Liz’s longest run to date.

Liz and I

Wednesday and Thursday were both easy runs. I had planned to do the Beat the Ball 5k on Thursday evening. I’ve done the race several times (2012, 2013, 2014)  and always had an enjoyable race. This year, however, I wasn’t feeling that well. I was exhausted and miserable all day and afternoon.  I was bummed to miss the race, but my husband and I stayed home. Dad went and had a great race.

Even though I was disappointed to miss the race, I told myself “it’s better, you don’t feel well and racing would do more harm than good”.

On Thursday, I ran the Resolution Run. It was put on by my local running club. I’ve run the race several times under the previous name of Hair of the Dog. The race has a formal wear division that you are supposed to dress in your “night out clothing”. This year fewer people were wearing outfits, and I wasn’t going to compete in the “formal wear” division until I saw personal friend Wendy wearing her dress.  So I started the race in my Wet Seal Dress.

Sadly we did not win the Formal Attire
Sadly we did not win the Formal Attire

Spoiler: I felt good, and ended up finally breaking my 2.5-year-old PR. To be honest, I’m still shocked it happened.  After not feeling well the night before, it was the last place I expected to PR.  It is a 13-second lifetime PR and a 26 second recent PR.

Saturday and Sunday were both easy runs.

Final thoughts:

I’m still surprised that my PR finally happened. It feels excellent to start the year off on such a great foot.  While I did race, I didn’t do any workouts this week.  I’ve been hitting 2+ workouts weekly for the last month so this was a nice mental break.

Thoughts for next week:

I’m running the Icicle 10 miler next weekend in Wilmington. I raced that last year and had my first good race effort post stress fracture. I’m excited to see what I can do this year.

Questions for you:
How was your New Years?
When was your last PR?

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  1. Good Job on your race and new PR
    Hope you had a good New year’s.
    My last Pr was in,may
    Ran a 18:41.
    So I have some work to do next 2 months to get back to my pr.

      1. My goal races are broad street and ADRENALINE 5k . my 5k are good , but I want to improve on ,my longer runs, 10k,8k, halfs,and if I can My first full MARATHON.
        I average 19:06-1944 5ks.
        Need to get to the track I miss those workouts.

  2. Congratulations on the PR! Sometimes things like that happen when we least expect it. Takes some of the pressure off and your body just goes for it. Great job, and love the dress!

    My most recent PR is my half marathon..I took 7 minutes off and hope to keep bringing it down next year!

  3. I’ll have to check Daily Mile for your time. Did you post it and I missed it? I’m kinda ditzy sometimes. I love that you PRed in that dress! Fantastic!!! Congratulations!

  4. Woo hoo!! Congrats on the PR!
    Sorry you weren’t feeling well the day before, but hope you’re feeling better now.
    Also, I was going to ask you where you brought that really neat tuning top, but then realised it’s a dress. Still, would make a great top 🙂
    Looks like a great year ahead for you!!

  5. Haha that is so fun! Congrats on your PR! It’s been a while for me, I need to work on that…

  6. YAY! I am so, so, so proud of you and totally not shocked you finally got your PR. You’ve been working so hard that a new PR was bound to happen. I hope you’re rubbing off on my during our Tuesday long runs! I need a new 5K PR. 🙂

    1. Liz your bound for 19s this year. You’ll get it
      Your a hard worker in your runs.. Hope I’m there to see it.
      Happy running

  7. That is the best way to start a new year! I bet it’s foreshadowing some future 2016 accomplishments and additional PRs too. 🙂

  8. Happy New Year and congrats on the PR! I love your dress too and think it’s so fun that you PRed wearing a prom dress. Can’t wait to read more about your race, and way to kick off 2016.

  9. Congrats on a PR, such a great way to start the new year.. And I love that top photo, it made me laugh. You look as though you are running away from a night out or something… I don’t think I could run at all in formal wear… Anyway, happy new year Hollie 🙂

  10. love this! congrats on smashing that PR and looking like an absolute beast doing it. serious inspiration right here.

  11. I feel asleep midnight. Joe woke me up to kiss me, then told me to go back to sleep. I’m relying on him for that information because I don’t remember. It appears I’ve started “sleep kissing.”

  12. Best of luck next weekend! Also, congrats on your PR!! 🙂 Happy 2016!

  13. Congrats on breaking your PR!!!! It must have been that wet seal prom dress 😉 Who knew their evening wear doubled as activewear? 😉 What a great start to the year!!

  14. WOW- so speedy, awesome job!!! You look amazing too- love that it was a dress up race where you got your pr! I have a feeling 2016 will hold good things for you!

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