Training: Quality Training Fueled by Sugar

me running atlantic city

Last week’s training went better than expected.  Not only that, but life went well too as my husband came home from his deployment.  I feel like I’ve said that several times but it’s exciting and got me out of a weird funk I was in the last few weeks.

Anyway, as many of my personal friends know Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I like celebrating love, and I’ve enjoyed it since I was a little kid.Single, dating, married, I’ve enjoyed each year.

This year, I didn’t treat my body “the best,” and had a lot of sugary sweets on Valentine’s day and the days after.  I didn’t go crazy, but I did feel it in the days lingering.  This year my husband and I just stayed at home, enjoyed a home cooked meal, cupcakes, and Netflix.  It was perfect!  I didn’t regret my sugar and food choices last week, but my body definitely didn’t feel amazing all of the time which in turn, affected running.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday: 12x400s averaging 86 seconds
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 60 minutes
Saturday: Frostbite 5 miler (30:25)
Sunday: Long Run 14 miles

12x400s average 86 (400-meter recovery) On roads

My fastest 400 workout in a while.  The weather was perfect, and I was recovering from my sugar coma.  It was definitely one of my better workouts in the last year, if not the best.  The pace felt natural, and I never felt out of my means.  A consequence of the workout is I’ve had Lourde stuck in my head for the last week, but there are worse things.

Frostbite 5 miler: 30:25 (6:05 pace)

I hadn’t run a 5-mile race in a few years and had forgotten “how to race.” Going into the race, my goal was to be under 31 minutes.  Even being under 31 was a huge step for me, but I knew I had the fitness to do so.  The suburbs of Philadelphia are hilly, and this course was not an exception.  I ran exactly 18:35 for the 5k and then 30:25 for the 5 miles which averaged to 6:05.  If I had run a 10k, I would have PRed which is awesome to think about.


It feels good to feel like my old “running self.”  While at the end of the day, it’s just running I’m happy to be doing well right now.

Posts of the week:

60 Days with Collagen

Cupids Chase 5k (18:38)

Questions for you:

Have you run an 8k or 5 miler?  What is your strategy?

Do you like Valentines Day?


  1. I have not raced either of those distances. But, I have fueled some of my best performances with loads of sugar! 😉 You are a fast woman! Valentine’s Day is meh. My husband isn’t the most romantic. I got nothing. And we went nowhere. But we also have a 5 week old.

  2. I run a yearly 8K for the Buffalo Turkey Trot. I love the race as it makes for a nice moderately fast race for me. My ‘strategy’ often ends up with a quick first mile with the next two being a bit easier given that’s where the “hills” (okay, they’re just rolling bumps along the route) and pick things up for the last two miles to finish up a bit stronger though I know I tend to leave a bit on the table this way >.> [ is my last race]
    For valentine’s day me and my wife put together a nice candlelight dinner at home and decided to dress up a bit for funsies. We save the chocolate buying for after because we’re all about that discount chocolate later!
    Awesome work on your runs, you’re flying ^.^

  3. Hollie, I’m curious as to how much rest you take between your 400 intervals? Do you just go by feel or do you prefer to have a set distance/time? Thanks in advance!

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