Workouts: Hilly Scenic Runs and a 5k

me running Tennessee

Running last week went surprisingly well.  Both training and my 5k both clicked off better than anticipated.  I’ll have a full race recap of tomorrow of the Flying Fish 5k.

Since my husband and I were out of town, it meant running in new (and hilly) places.  I had some of the most beautiful running views I’ve had last week.  I also had some of the hilliest runs and hikes I’ve ever done.  Each was worth it.

Monday: 60 minutes easy
Tuesday: 60 minutes easy
Wednesday: 60 minutes easy
Thursday: off
Friday: 60 minutes easy
Saturday: Flying Fish 5k (19:17)
Sunday: 10 miles easy



Week 1: 31-33 miles
Week 2: 33-35 miles
Week 3: 33-35 miles (1 workout)
Week 4: 35-37 miles (1 workout)
Week 5: 29-31 miles
Week 6: 45 miles (1 workout)


Looking back, I jumped mileage faster than I should, especially considering several runs were hilly.  Nothing hurt, or felt achy and I felt good for most runs.  Running through Tenessee was one of my favorite runs and I could not have pictured a better backdrop.  While I love where I live in NJ, it’s both nice and fun to run in brand new locations.

The Flying Fish 5k is one of my favorite races.  I ran last year and had a great experience.  This year, I had less running under my belt but still hoped for a good race.  The week of hilly runs, as well as upping my mileage, caught up to me.  While I didn’t feel bad during the race, I didn’t feel tapered or fresh either.  I took out the race a bit faster than my current fitness and ran a 5:55, 6:23, and 6:12.  Overall I’m pleased with the race and it’s 20 seconds faster than last year.

Next week I’ll be running less, focusing on recovery, and running the Air Force Half Marathon in Dayton,  Ohio.  I don’t have a time goal, but to get my feet wet in the distance again.  My primary goal is to support my husband in the marathon.  Since he’ll be in the middle of nowhere for a while anyway, I figure I would run the half in that time.

Posts from the week:

How to Build a Running Base and Stay Healthy

August Training Reflection…hey I ran.

Questions for you:

Do you have a lot of hills near you?

What is the most scenic run you’ve done?

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  1. As you know, not many hills around Hampton Roads. As far as scenic goes, the Colonial 200 from Charlottesville to Jamestown or possibly the portion of the Marine Corps Marathon along the Potomac River and The Mall.

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