Training: 10ks and Mile Repeats

This week was a strange occurrence of weather. We had pouring rain, decent weather and then a heat wave the rest of the week.  Spring of 2016 is like playing the slot machines, and you don’t want to expect any day.

Broad Street took me longer to recover than anticipated so I didn’t race last weekend.  I didn’t expect to still feel lingering sore legs and fatigue the two weeks later too.

Since I was still recovering and my diet wasn’t the greatest, I was left in a pitiful, “let’s make it through this week then reevaluate” mental space.  It’s yet another boring training log, which I seemed to have logged a lot of lately.

With running, there are highs and lows.  My high points were both my PR at Carlsbad and my PR at the Flower Show 5k.  My low points were and still are boring training logs.  I prefer boring training logs versus injured ones.

I ran easy miles Monday-Wednesday.  There was nothing exciting to report.  My legs felt too tired for any speed, so I took Thursday off.

Running easy and resting on Thursday seemed to work because my run on Friday was the best training run I had all week.

Saturday: Newport 10k: 38:02

My goal for the race was to run a 38:00.  Technically it is a PR for me, but a few things didn’t go as hoped, so I believe I’m in better fitness.  The weather was much hotter, and I didn’t run the tangents well.  In the final mile, I ran 1.06 instead of 1.  That doesn’t seem huge, but it’s a lot of extra distance to add.

newport 10k me

I’m happy with my time, and this 10k PR will have to sit for a while since 10ks are difficult to find. My 10k PRs usually come from a half marathon split or a hot, humid race day.  Saturday was the second, and it was the first run I threw down a lot of sweat.  I know I’m capable of a faster time when I do a race again.

Sunday: 6X1 mile repeats:

I haven’t done mile repeats in about a month and need to get more turnover and power back on my legs.  To be honest, it was hard to get this done after my race on Saturday.

I’ve learned I excel with back to back workouts followed by easy running so I knew I would feel better after the workout.

Splits: 6:36, 6:12, 6:20, 6:09, 6:36, 6:06

mile repeats

It was surprisingly the best mile repeat workout I’ve had in a long time. I’m happy with my effort, especially after the week of training and racing. I felt strong throughout the entire workout.


I finally feel as though I’m running well again after Broad Street.  For the rest of May, I’m hoping to eat a little better (read: stop eating like a college frat kid) as well as train more consistently.

Questions for you:
How was your week of training?
Do you have any healthy and easy to make recipes?

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    1. I do about 15 minutes every other day or so. I’m actually in the process of writing a post about it! 🙂

  1. Hooray for a good week of running, a good mile repeat workout, and a 10K race. I don’t think your week of workouts was really boring at all. I mean, you did easy running and 2 workouts/races/quality days. Seems good to me.

    You’re the second person I’ve read lately who has talked about back-to-back hard days and that piques my curiosity because I’ve shyed away from Wednesday night intervals due to Thursday races.

    I need to stop eating like a college frat kid too- sometimes it’s just hard when you’re on the go or short on time.

  2. It’s not a ‘recipe’ but I try to always keep sliced up apples, carrots, cucumbers and cantaloupe in my fridge for snacking. I have mile repeats Thursday for the first time this training cycle. I hope they go as well as yours!

  3. Fantastic week! I wish 10Ks weren’t so hard to find, but you found one, got a PR and ran wicked fast. It certainly sounds like you are in the best shape of your life with the race times and workouts you’ve been logging!

  4. i love the eating like a college frat kid bit haha. I think we all go through that sometime. my favorite easy recipes are always egg scrambles. I can throw in a million veggies and then add eggs and it’s perfect everytime. Plus it’s customizable when I’m in the mood for something in particular. Topped with salsa or ketchup, it can’t be beat haha.

    1. I agree and I think it’s important we do go through that. If you are always concerned with your food, it’s going to be unenjoyable.

      I like eggs as well. You can make so many different things with them!

  5. This is my first time visiting your blog and I have to say that you are inspirational! I just signed up for 5 mile race in July (not quite a 10k), but this is the exact inspiration I need! I’ve run 2 half marathons in the past, but it’s been 3 years since the last one. I’ve been working out with light runs 2x per week, resistance work 2x per week, interval cardio 1x per week, and a run for time 1 x per week.

    1. Awe that’s awesome, I appreciate you stopping by Amanda and it was great to learn more about you.

  6. Hey Hollie,
    Great job on your 10k!
    I haven’t been eating as well as I should either, and my running has been slower. After a beer festival on Saturday, I decided to start eating healthy again. I am eating eating more veggies, protein, and fat. I posted a veggie frittata recipe today that was really good. I think today I will make turkey meatballs. I will post the recipe later.

  7. “(read: stop eating like a college frat kid)” <– I'm currently in the same boat 😆 I tried jumping back on the healthier bandwagon today, buuuuut a 4am wakeup call made me a little overly snacky today. Ahh well. I think my favourite healthy and easy meal to make is burrito bowls. I just cook up a huge batch of rice to have on hand, open up a can of beans, add some veggies, and then top with salsa and guac! Hits the spot every time.

  8. You’re in such beast mode right now, your village people should be trembling! I ALWAYS eat like a teenager. I’m the WORST for it. I actually dipped a nacho chip into Callum’s bowl of macaroni, squirted a bit of ketchup onto the cheesy mound and shoved it in my face. I’m actually disgusting.

  9. There really aren’t a lot of 10-Ks around here, are there? There are a ton of 5-Ks and four miles in Central Park.

  10. The weather has been funky in Pittsburgh lately, too! Just when I think the weather has turned, it gets rainy and cold. Happens every spring, haha. I’ll learn some day ;).

    Anyways, I am glad you’re feeling good about your running and training since Broadstreet! That’s always a wonderful feeling!

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