Training: Track Miles, XC Races and 78 Miles
Last week, I did a lot of unique training that I don’t normally do. I raced on the track, ran a cross country style race and even did my long run on the trail (side note: I don’t normally even do 2 hour long runs!). Since I’m not actively training for anything now, I’m enjoying doing other things with no major focus.
|Wednesday:||6.5 Tempo Run|
|Friday:||AM: 11 Mile Easy Run|
|PM: 1 Mile Race (5:40)|
|Saturday:||Cross Country 5k (19:20)|
|Sunday:||Trail Run 13.6 mile run|
My easy runs were just that, easy. I don’t have any complaints, and they were all uneventful.
Workout Wednesday: 6.5-mile tempo run (6:42 pace)
On Tuesday I received ART, so I knew I would be sore. My goal was to run the tempo faster than the week after Broad Street and I did. While it’s not my fastest tempo, I’m pleased with how it went.
Friday Mile: 5:40
Long story short, I didn’t know I would run this until later in the day. If I did, I wouldn’t have run 11 miles that morning. After running and then working, my coworker asked if I wanted to race a mile with her. I thought: “why not”? 5:40 isn’t my fastest time but after my week of training, plus running earlier, I’m happy with that time.
Cross Country 5k: 19:20
The next morning, I ran a 5k with my husband. I was operating on minimal sleep. Once again, I had no time goal for the race. I could feel the effect of the mile, and I was both sore and tired. There was a section of the course that was an “out and back” on a giant muddy field. It reminded me of collegiate cross country running. I could have worn spikes and been better off.
I attended a wedding in Frederick that evening. I was exhausted from racing and lack of sleep as well as driving. We stayed the night in Chambersburg and ran at Caledonia state park. Even though it was pouring rain, I had a beautiful run. Plus, I beat my Fitbit “steps” high score from the elevation change. 138 flights in a single run HAHA.
Next week I don’t have a lot of plans. This month I’m taking my training week by week. As the summer approaches, I’ll make some training goals, but right now I don’t have a lot. I’m jumping into races most weekends and just running for the beauty of the sport.
Questions for you:
Have you ever run a mile on the track?
What was your best workout last week?