Training: Grinding and 5ks
My training last week went as needed. I got in a speed workout, moderate long run, and heck even a race. For the most part, my runs felt decent, but I have a long way to go, fitness wise.
|Monday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Tuesday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Wednesday:||6X800 with 800 jog in between|
|Friday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Saturday:||Cupids Chase 5k (20:32)|
|Sunday:||Long Run (14 miles averaging 7:59)|
My easy runs were just that, easy. There was nothing of note.
Workout Wednesday: 6X800 averaging 6:30 with easy 800 jog in between
This workout went by slow. So slow.
At the first rep, I told myself I couldn’t do it. At the second, I said omg 1/3 of the way. By three, I was like ok halfway…both four and five seemed just to blur away and then six I was like hurry the F up, you’re almost done. It’s not as fast as I was this time last year, I know I can get there.
Cupids Chase 5k: 20:32
Even though the course was long, it still stinks to see a time over 20 minutes when I’ve recently run 5k workouts by myself under 20. The day itself was cold and windy.
During the first mile, I ran with a local friend, and we split about a 6:20. There was a huge ice patch across the course, and I ran all the way around through cold, wet, grass. It definitely cost me a few seconds. I hit the turnaround at 9:45 and thought, wow this will be pretty good. I didn’t feel bad, or like I was dying. Then I ran the second mile in 6:30. The final mile went back over the ice patch, which I seemed to take the longest route possible to go around it. Instead of just heading back to the start, we turned left and did a short out and back which made the course about .1 long. We did the same thing last year, but the halfway cones were about 1.5 not 1.55. As I crossed the finish line, the shoot was deflating because of wind. Am I ecstatic about a 20:32? Not really but it is what it is. I had a great time seeing friends who I haven’t in a while.
14 Mile Long Run: 7:59 pace
I wanted a quality run without speed, or a tempo mixed in. Adding more speed right now would be a recipe for an injury, but I also didn’t want to run easy for 14 miles. During training, 8-minute miles never feel easy to me. I always feel as though I’m working hard. Not sprinting, and I can hold a conversation but it doesn’t feel easy or like a recovery run. The run went by fast and I had an enjoyable time.
I’m looking forward to building fitness and getting back out there. I have about a month until anything big (Shamrock) half marathon. I know it’s next to impossible to get back to a Pr by then, but I’ll consistently grind and see where it takes me.
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Questions for you:
Would you prefer a long race course or short?
I would prefer long.
What was your best workout last week?