Training: Octopus and Surprise 5 Milers

This was another great week of training.  I bounced back from my four miler and was able to get quality miles while adjusting to the heat.   On a personal level, I hope we can wait about a month for the rise in temperatures.  I want to squeeze out a few solid races and then afterwards, the 80+ temperatures can come.  It’s not like I’m going to the Olympics, so I don’t have any goal races this summer.  I look forward to just relaxing and enjoying the warmth….

Monday: Easy run
Tuesday: Easy run
Wednesday: 4m warmup, 6.5-mile tempo (6:24), cooldown 5 miles
Thursday: Easy run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Leperchaun 5 Miler (30:37) 6:09 average
Sunday: Easy run
Total:  73 miles

Workout Wednesday:

If you recall, the previous week I didn’t have a great tempo run.  The weather and lingering sickness played a role in that.  It was a workout I was glad to accomplish but one I don’t want to remember.

This week I repeated the tempo and was almost 15 seconds faster per mile which is significant.  I’m much happier with it.

Last week: 6.5 miles average 6:39 vs. this week: 6.5 miles average 6:25

tempo run

Saturday’s Race:

I planned to race on Sunday, however, there weren’t enough hours in the day, and I couldn’t make it to Freehold for the 8k I initially wanted.  The races I wanted to do were sold out, and I didn’t think I would race last weekend.  On Friday night, my husband and I discovered the Leprechaun Run in Philadephia.  The race wasn’t on an optimal day for training that week, and we had eaten a lot.

We both thought it would still be a good workout and went over.  In summary, I ran a 5:56, 6:05, 6:10, 6:12, 6:14 race which wasn’t bad for how I was feeling.  My time was 30:37.  My legs were tired, and I felt all of the octopus I ate from the night before.  I’m pleased with the time, and it gives me an extra day to rest before Shamrock.

me running 1


This was a good week of training for me.  I do believe I am in the fitness to run a 30:00 5 miler if I taper for it.  I also believe if the race were a 10k, I would have been able to finish below 38 minutes under the same conditions.  The week was motivating.  This week I’ll head into easier runs and taper before running Shamrock half marathon this Sunday.

I’m looking forward to seeing people, so let me know if you’ll be there!

Other LOLZ Running Related Posts last week:
Asics FuzeX Shoe Review
A Look at My Race Mornings
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup 4 miler

Questions for you:
What is your favorite food?
Mine is Octopus…
How was your week of training?  What was your favorite workout?


  1. It is so nice not to put on extra layers in the morning, but I’m really worried for the temperature in Boston in April! I am not quite ready for the heat and humidity yet.

    Great training week!

    1. I bet the spring and summer will be nice. I understand about the humidity though…no one wants to deal with that!

  2. I love food in general. I will eat anything. Favorites are hard for me. I have never had octopus though. I don’t live in an area where you can get that though so sometime while traveling I will try it!! 🙂

  3. favorite food: nachos. for sure, for sure. I can put those bad boys away like it’s no body’s business. my training week was heavy and my legs were feeling it by the end. I upped my mileage with some harder than normal runs and added on a new strength training routine which may have been a little bit too much too soon, so it’s time to tone it down a bit this week.

  4. Okay, so I don’t like all the octopus talk. I’m feeling squirmy about it. Gahhh I’m sorry. I’m such a texture person and I don’t like eating anything that squeaks when I bite into it. But ANYWAY, excellent job last week on your tempo run and your race! You’re incredible. I’m doing a half next weekend too. Yikes!

  5. I’ve never had octopus… like Suzy above mentioned, I am a texture person with food and I’m not so sure I’d be a fan. Would I taste it? Maybe… I’m not sure. I’ve honestly never seen it on the menu anywhere to try (I am sure if we did my husband would order it because that is how he is).

    Glad you had a great race as well as a good tempo run! It is amazing how being sick can affect your body for several days and slow you down a little- I certainly felt it last week even after I was physically better for non-running life, my running still felt off. Good luck with Shamrock, I’m sure you’ll have a great race!

  6. I’ve never had octopus, and the picky childhood eater in me dies a little inside at the thought of it. But this is coming from someone who wouldn’t even try fish because of how it smelled, so I might be a little biased 😆 I’d probably go with something like white basmati rice as my favourite food. I know it’s #basic as all hell, but it’s been a staple in my diet for pretty much my entire life.

  7. I’m going to go with octopus being the exact OPPOSITE of my favorite food. My favorite food is chocolate. So bad.

    I hope to see you at Shamrock if you can wait for a slow poke like me to finish! Can’t wait to see how you do!

  8. I’m sure I’ve said this already but we enjoyed a lot of squid and octopus in Spain when I was there in 2014!
    Love that you did so well in an unplanned race and I’m looking forward to just how quickly you can kill off 13.1 this weekend! GOOD LUCK!

  9. Amazing as always! Your tempos are the stuff my dreams are made of <3 I think you could go sub-30 if you tapered for a 5 miler! Good luck at Shamrock!!

  10. your “run” picture looks like an R&B album cover lol. great week for training cool you were able to find a race to do even if you were full of octopus 🙂 training went meh for me but traveling usually does that to me. favorite food…homemade pizza or lasagna!!! carbs or course 🙂

  11. Good luck at Shamrock, Hollie! I am signed up but decided not to go. I got a new puppy a couple of weeks ago and at only 12 weeks old, he requires a LOT of supervision. I can’t pawn him off on friends yet for multiple days. So glad your running is going well. Very exciting and I enjoy following you 🙂

    1. I was actually going to send you an email Amanda and see what your plans were. I hope we get yo meet at dome point!

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