May Training: 260 Miles

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I’m currently taking time away from running.  Although I’m on a running break, I did have a good month of May.  So where to begin?

Miles: 260
Range of Paces: 5:40-11:35-untimed

Broad Street 10 Miler (61:59)
Newport 10k (37:59)
Mile Track Race (5:40)
Cross Country 5k (19:20)

Favorite Race:
Broad Street was my favorite race because I felt like I finally had a solid race, despite the weather.  I’ve battled bad weather each of my Spring Races.  When I raced at the Shamrock half marathon in March, I finished feeling defeated.  When I raced in the pouring rain at Broad Street, I finished feeling strong.  In fact during Broad Street, my later miles were stronger than my earlier miles.

As seen here
The .25 of Broad Street

Workouts: I didn’t have a favorite workout last month.  I made it through but it felt like I was simply going through the motions.  It should have been my first clue, I was coming close to a burnout.

I thought May was going to be my come back month.  I thought I would be able to bounce back and recover from Broad Street.  That, however, wasn’t the case.  During most of the month, I can reflect and say I was burnt out.  Ten days into my running break, I feel good, and I feel like it was the right thing to do.  I did run one mile yesterday for Global Running Day.  Although it was an enjoyable mile, I’m not ready to dive back into training yet.

newport 10k me

Goals for June:
Right now I have no goals.  I could run a lot, or I could run a little bit…or even none at all.  I’m enjoying the pool a little bit more lately, so I’ll continue with that.

Quick Core Ideas for Runners
4 Surprises I Had While Using FitBit
Why it’s Necessary for a Running Break
How to Celebrate Global Running Day
How to Race Well in Unfavorable Conditions

Gear Review:
Saucony Ride 9 Review
Saucony Kinvara 7 Review
How to Stay Dry in Rainy Races

So that’s about it for recapping May.  I didn’t meet the goals I wanted of “coming back” but a mental break is exactly what I need.

Questions for you:
How was your month of May?
Do you have any big summer plans? 


  1. I agree with Victoria, I would love to see some swimming workouts! Especially for us injured folk over here who are eyeing the pool but don’t know where to start haha.

  2. That’s still a ton of miles for someone who backed off! Glad to see you are taking things easy and going with the flow.

  3. Great job this month, Hollie! I think it’s a good time of year to take a running break because it’s really hot out.. and a great time of year to swim!! You had some great races but you know how you feel and it’s always smart to listen to your body and take breaks if you need to.

  4. I’ve been cutting back the last couple weeks too. I think it’s good to take a break once and a while to reset, and I’m proud of you for knowing when to take a break (many people don’t). I hope we can run some summer races together when you’re back!

  5. Broad street was my favorite race this year too- the weather was mild enough to bear it, and the course is pretty perfect for a pr! You’re always so good at listening to your body. Enjoy the month of doing whatever you feel like doing!

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