Training: Back on Track (For Real this Time)

As I mentioned on Friday, this week was all over the place.  While my buildup for Broad Street wasn’t the best, I was able to make it through and had a good race (more on that later).

Monday: Easy Run
Tuesday: Easy Run
Wednesday: Tempo Run
Thursday: Easy Run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Easy Run
Sunday: Broad Street 10 miler (1:01.59)


Monday, Tuesday,  Thursday, and Saturday were dull, short easy runs.  I don’t have a lot to say, and I was grateful my foot was fine.

Wednesday: Tempo Run: average 6:34 pace

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On Wednesday, I did a shorter workout.  I was lucky my husband had off of work and ran with me.  Before the tempo run, I told him, “if I have to stop, I’m going too.”  I honestly had no idea what to expect.  We hit the first mile in 7:00 and I felt like I was working a lot harder than that. I was slowly able to progress, and the rest of miles were 6:28-6:30.  My foot felt fine, and I finished the run feeling confident in my running.

Broad Street: 1:01.59

Continuing my streak of poor weathered races, I ran Broad Street in the rain.  I didn’t have a goal other than finishing the race healthy, but I felt a lot better than anticipated.  It was 3 and a half minutes faster than last year and 3 minutes faster than my Broad Street PR.  Plus this year the weather conditions and my personal build up left a lot to be desired.  Both Broad Street in 2014 and 2015 were perfect conditions.

At the finish line via Instagram
At the finish line via Instagram

Quick Summary of the race:

Unlike Shamrock, I layered up in my rain gear.  I knew a tank top and arm warmers was not an option for me in the rain.  I’ve learned I don’t run well in the rain, and I need to run in a jacket.  I would rather be hot than soggy and hypothermic.

I never felt bad during the Broad Street 10 miler.  My splits all ranged between 6:07-6:17.  My first and my last mile were both 6:07 and I came through the halfway point in 30:52, so I kept an even pace the entire time.  I’m proud of myself for running well in the rain and after my erratic training in April.  My original goal before my April issues and knowledge of the weather was to run a 1:02 and I beat it by 1 second.  I now know I’m in better fitness than that even, but you can’t control the weather.

I would probably recommend not signing up for any races I’m doing this Spring since each major race has had 50MPH winds, pouring rain or both. 


I’m happy with the week.  It wouldn’t have been smart to go straight back into a high mileage week.  Throughout the next couple of weeks, I’ll add more mileage to get back to the 60s where I was.

Questions for you:

Have you raced in the pouring rain?  What do you wear? 


  1. Amazing work Hollie!! So glad your foot is feeling better! Your splits for Broad Street are perfect. What an awesome redemption from a challenging Shamrock day!

  2. I’ve been really lucky and never really had any super bad weather days for any of my races. I’ve been in races where it was so cold I never really felt warm, and one where it was pretty windy and was misting, but that’s really the worst of it. You seem to be on a roll with bad weather races lately! Glad your training is getting back to where you want it to be!

  3. I’m not going to lie, I’m not that sad I had to miss broad street this year because the weather looked awful haha. but congrats on beating your goal! awesome work girl!

  4. Great job on Broad Street! I ran that too and I ended up running the whole race in my giant pre-race garbage bag. So fashionable, I know!

    1. I nearly used a trash bag too but I realized in the AM mine were scented. HA, how did the race go Jennifer?

  5. Congrats on the great race, Hollie! That’s crazy about the bad weather, but it just shows how awesome you’re doing since you’re able to rock that shit anyways. On that note, I’d seriously kill for some rain around these parts. It’s been a little too hot lately, and I’d love to see some cooler weather. Trade? 🙂

  6. I can’t even fathom running 10 miles in just over an hour. That is an incredible time and race, especially with the conditions. I’m over this bad weather. It’s supposed to rain practically every day for the next 2 weeks. Not a fan.

  7. I’m glad your tempo run and race went well, and that you finished with a good time and healthy, plus even splits is really awesome in a longer race like that. It looked like a fun one based on the reviews and blog posts I’ve seen. Glad you are able to ease back to where you were, mileage wise, and you’re not in pain or possibly injured!

  8. You did great at bsr, I’m glad you finished healthy, this race was the first time I ran in the rain,it wasn’t too bad,though I prefer sunny days,

    Taking a mini break this week for rest then back at it again.
    Hope to see you at a 5k race
    Happy running hollie.

  9. Well done for running that broad street one in the rain!

    I have to say because of the weather here in Scotland running outside is like that all the time, which is why I choose to do all my running inside during the week.

    When I do venture out for my once a year 10k Great Scottish Run, which is in October usually, so far it’s been dry over the last few years.

    Oops I’ve probably jinxed that now. Lol.

    1. My relatives actually live on the Orkney islands. I would love to come over and race there.

  10. You really do inspire me to work on my speed! Thankfully in San Diego we don’t usually have rain issues on race day but I’m doing my marathon up in Seattle next month and am terrified about the weather. Running for 4+ hours in the rain sounds awful.

  11. I’m *finally* getting caught up here … Sunday was a yucky day. Not ideal for racing–let alone running–in the least. I did one local yokel 5-K in college that was basically held during a monsoon (because it was on Seneca Lake). Racing in the elements is tough!

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