Training: Just Showing Up

me running snow

Last week was another quality week of training. I’m slowly building mileage up. There are a few things I need to also do improve (ie eat a bit healthier as well as strength training) but not for now, I’m happy to start building the mileage up.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday: 3X1 mile repeats (6:30, 6:40, 6:10)
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 60 minutes
Saturday: Lonely 5k: 19:52 (6:27, 6:22, 6:24)
Sunday: 14 mile Progressive Long Run (Albany, NY)


One of my major goals this spring is to just show up.  Whether that means going to a race, or running a hard 5k myself, I’m looking to building speed. I’m not in the best shape ever, or even great shape but I know I have to push myself to get there.  Speed is relative, and while a 20 minute 5k is a PR for some, it’snot for me. If an Olympian ran a 17:59 minute 5k they would feel out of shape, and that is a dream for me…so it’s all relative.

Monday and Tuesday were challenging because of the weather (snow and ice) but I was able to get out there and get a great workout in.

Workout Wednesday: 3X1 mile with 2 minutes rest (6:30, 6:40, 6:10)

I’m happy with my effort on Wednesday.  It was extremely windy and my legs felt meh at best but I was able to just get it done. You can see the direction the wind went.

Lonely 5k: 19:52

The only local 5k was in Newark, Delaware. I had contemplated driving the 50 minutes there and back but I also knew we were going up to New York state in the afternoon and it was too much driving for me.  So I ran my own 5k and it went well. Granted the weather was better, but I ran 40 seconds faster than a sanctioned race last week.  Ha! My splits were 6:27, 6:22, 6:24.   Truthfully, I felt like I was dying the last mile so I was surprised to be under 20.

Long Run: 14 miles averaging 8:05 pace

While in the greater Albany, NY area I ran 14 miles on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail. Not all of it was clear from snow but there was enough that with a few out and backs, I was able to get a good long run in. It was 10 degrees but it never felt “too bad”.  I felt good during the entire run and was able to pick it up with the last half averaging under 8 minutes.  Since leaving New York state over 5 years ago, I’m amazed at how low my tolerance for cold has become.

Posts from the Week:

Hiking Los Robles Trail and Open Space

How to Run with Your Significant Other

New Balance 1080 Shoe Review

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I will still post shoe reviews but my newsletter will be where I’ll post content relevant and interesting like running industry trends, etc. It will remain free with the hopes to get sponsors on board to sponsor the newsletter.  I think the newsletter will benefit people more than my personal life because it will have more information that is relevant to you (the subscriber). As someone who works in the industry, I have a much bigger knowledge base of shoes, gear, and industry trends. Thank you to everyone who has already subscribed and shared, it really does mean a lot!

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Questions for you:

How was your week of training?

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1 Comment

  1. Just showing up is a critical piece that so many people overlook. I used to skip way too many workouts, and it really hurt my training consistency. This winter I’ve been focused on showing up and creating the habit. If I’m not feeling it, the workout might not be so great, but it still gets done. I have to create a consistent mileage base before I can build on it. These are some great motivational tips for showing up when you’re not feeling it:

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