Training: Need for Speed and Bridge Runs

Last week was a good week of training for me.  My legs felt tired, but I got everything I needed to be done.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: 8X1 minute hard
Wednesday: Easy 50 minutes
Thursday: 9 miles
Friday: AM: 4 miles
PM: 7 miles
Saturday: 11 miles easy with friend
Sunday: Run the Bridge 10k


Tuesday’s Workout: 8X1 minute hard

The goal was to get a quick turnover.  I ran hard for a minute and then recovered. I haven’t done formal or quality speed work since my injury. Even before my injury, I was doing longer tempos and mile repeats.  Doing shorter workouts are going to improve my 5k speed.  I do all of my workouts on the road versus track (because that’s where I typically race).

Run the Bridge 10k: 38:57

As you can gather, my body was tired.  It was a rare week that I did not take a rest day.  Several of my runs were shorter. Lining up at the Bridge Run, my body was tired, and I felt it.  The course itself is difficult, and it was windy as well.

Ben Franklin Bridge
The Ben Franklin that the race runs over. Photo credit here.

I’ll have a recap later this week.  I’m happy with my time, and I do believe I’m in PRing shape.  The weather was beautiful and that is one step above where I have been.

Questions for you:
Have you ever run over a Bridge?
How many rest days do you take weekly?

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  1. That bridge is beautiful and I have actually run over a bridge – 5 bridges in fact. 🙂 Just ran the NYC marathon yesterday. Haha

  2. I also ran the bridges in NYC yesterday! But before that, there haven’t been too many bridges in the races I’ve run. That’s an amazing 10k time for your tired legs!

  3. I ran the Portland Marathon and that featured a run over the St. John’s bridge which was spectacular. I have also run the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston. I enjoy running over bridges.

    I take two rest days per week. Saturday and Sunday. I work out approximately 10 times per week mixing in cycling, weight training, hiking and yoga. It is busy but keeps me going.

  4. It looks like you had a great week of training, Hollie! If you don’t mind me asking, how do you put your training together? Do you plan it out ahead of time or just run what you feel? Also, is there a reason you decided against having a coach? I ask because I am currently trying to decide if I want to find a coach or continue coaching myself. I’ve read plenty of reviews from people who have a coach, so I’m just curious to get the opinion of someone who self coaches and what you like more about it.

    1. Hey Ashley! I tried to send you an email back but it said the email wasn’t working. I would love to chat more so feel free to email me at fueledbylolz (at)

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