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Training Last Week: Grinding and Racing

Training Last Week: Grinding and Racing

Last week felt better than the previous in terms of running.  I was able to add miles in the week and then had a quality race.  Not my fastest time but great for where I am right now.  I don’t think this will be an amazing comeback story, but more a story of plugging along through the summer months.

Monday: Easy 50 minutes
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Easy 50 minutes
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 50 minutes
Saturday: Bungalow Beach 5 Miler (32:12)
Sunday: Easy 60 minutes

Thoughts:

My easy runs of the week were just that, easy.  Originally I thought I might get a workout in Wednesday but my body was tired and that would be overdoing workouts and speed.

Bungalow Beach 5 Miler: (32:12)

It was the inaugural year for the race.  Since I like the Atlantic City races so much, I thought it would be fun to do.  The last 400 meters is on the soft sand which doesn’t make for a fast finish.  The day itself was 100% humidity.  So with the weather and course, I knew it wouldn’t be the easiest day.

I’m glad I ran and got to see a lot of friends.  My body didn’t feel great but not bad either.  I definitely didn’t feel fresh.  I was barely able to hang onto first, as the second place woman was fast approaching. In all, I’m happy with how I did and I post a longer recap this week.

Thoughts:

I’m happy with the week and I feel like I’m slowly progressing towards fitness.  I’m nowhere near there but I do feel like I’m progressing.  I was talking to a good friend, and while I only took a week off from running, I decreased my miles and was mentally disengaged for almost 2 months now. I do believe there is something to be said about that.  I don’t think this will be a “glamorous” comeback and I think it will involve a lot more grind but that’s ok.

Posts from the Week:

Vital Proteins Recovery Smoothie

Exploring the Maurice River Bluffs

Blah Blah Blah: Run Easy

Questions for you:

How was your week of training?

Have you ever run on sand?  What is a meaningful cause/charity to you? 

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3 responses

  1. Nice work on the race though I can imagine the finish to be exhausting. It can be hard getting back into more consistent running/training so best of luck for you and hope it goes well 🙂
    I had a good week of training even if I was really nervous starting up, but it gave me confidence in the end. Starting a shortened training schedule for the Erie Marathon (75 days to race) since my Buffalo race didn’t go nearly as well as I had hoped. I’ve run on sand; it’s not fun but it does make one appreciate solid surfaces, even if it’s a muddy trail.

  2. “I feel like I’m slowly progressing towards fitness.” It’s funny how relative such things are, because a 32 min 5-miler with some of it on sand sounds wicked fit to me 😛

    We had a pretty good week of training. We didn’t get any trail miles in because our weekend was a little to busy for the drive time. I’m starting to run 5 days a week (before it was usually 3-4), and I’m surprised at how good some of them are feeling. I’m homing in on tweaks to the run workouts and trying to be sure to get in the strength training and yoga to balance it all out.

  3. I always thought running on sand would be awesome until I actually did it. I did a 5km that was all on sand and my calves hurt so bad the next day!

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