Workouts: Rest and Group Runs at Breweries

As I mentioned in my training log last week, the goal was to take a step back from training this week.  I’ve been consistently running for about a month now and needed a “back off” week.

Back off, rest, cut back….you get the idea.

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest 15 minutes core
Wednesday: Easy 40 minutes 15 minutes core
Thursday: 3 Mile Group Run
Friday: Easy 40 minutes
Saturday: Easy 60 minutes
Sunday: 6 mile tempo  15 minutes core
 Total:  35 miles

All of my easy runs were easy.  They were boring, untimed and I just ran for 30-40 minutes.  The Group run was definitely my favorite.  There is a local 5k in a few weeks called The Flying Fish 5k that runs from the Flying Fish Brewery.

I signed up for it, and our running store hosted a group run with them on Thursday.  We ran an easy 3 miles and hung out at Flying Fish afterwords.  It was fun to get a few miles with a lot of friends and just hang out.

Flying Fish 5k

Tempo Run:
This run gets it’s own blurb since it’s the first workout I’ve done since May.  Instead of racing this weekend, I opted for a tempo run. It put less pressure on my legs but still got turnover and speed work done.  While it was hot, my legs questioned how to run fast, and I felt awful, I’m glad I did it. I’ll have to rip the band-aid off for speed work eventually.  Right now I’m limited to one-speed workout a week: either a race or a workout but not both.

In summary, I’m happy with how the run went, but I do know I have a lot to do to get back where I was.

Next week I plan to get back into training.  I’m hoping to begin consistently adding longer runs and getting back into higher mileage.  I feel as if I’m in the limbo stage of running where I’m not 100% healthy, but I’m not injured either.  If you get too arrogant during this stage, you end up injured again.

Posts from the week:
Hoka Clifton 3 Review
Five Tips for Coming Back after an Injury
Life as a Military Spouse

Questions for you:
Do you like group runs or running by yourself?
What was your best workout of the week?


  1. I enjoy group runs, but I also enjoy running with just one or two friends as well. I’m not a big fan of running by myself. I had a decent fast-finish long run. It seems like you are being very smart and making a good come back!

  2. I never could go to the group runs at CCR because of my schedule but I do prefer to run with friends most of the time. That’s a big part of why I love NP so much. It’s great to see how quickly you’ve gotten back to some consistent/volume mileage but you’re still taking the necessary steps to make sure you come back completely injury free.

  3. I love running with a group or just with friends – those runs are highlights in my week. You are being so smart and I think that’s going to be the key in getting you back to where you used to be and where you want to be!

  4. Limbo is the worst. I actually had to laugh a little bit because right before I read your post, I was thinking how I’m currently in recipe limbo – it’s not quite summer anymore, but it’s not quite fall either 😉 I’m glad you had an enjoyable week of running though, Hollie. I hope this week will be awesome for you!

  5. I think you are being smart when it comes to slowly building back up and adding mileage. No need to push it and get injured again. I think its fun that you did a group run!

  6. It’s great that you are taking it easy in the limbo stage! You are 100% right about becoming re-injured, and unfortunately, many have to learn that the hard way!! I typically prefer really long runs on my own, but I don’t mind a group run for shorter distances. Best workout of the week was an Insanity workout with Shawn T! Happy Monday, dear!

  7. I hope you finished your group run with a beer!
    I think one reason I’m just sort of playing with running is because I’m scared I’ll get arrogant and get injured again. I know bare has made me stronger, but the running comeback is just so tricky.

  8. I like group runs and run with a group of training partners quite often. We do group track workouts on Wednesdays, and some of us run the bridge or garages on Mondays. We have pub runs here almost every week, which are fun but only 3 miles so I rarely go. I sometimes wish we had some sort of organized group long run, though i know from experience just how hard organizing a run group can be.

    Congrats on a great week of training. 35 miles is pretty high for taking 2 days off and running so short on your easy days (40-60 mins… or was it 30-40?). I shoot for an hour a day on my easy days but only get 6-7 miles in, depending on how I feel and the crazy heat here.

  9. I love wearing hats, especially when it rains. Visors are more of a summer thing for me.

    I don’t know if I ever saw hat exchanges at water stations. I have to wonder now if there will now be addendums to the rules put into place to make sure one runner does not have an unfair advantage over another

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