Training Log Week 4:
This week was about dialing back the intensity and mileage. I’ve been go go going (with running and life) since early January. I’ve had 3 successful and quality weeks that it was time to take a step back week before I hurt myself.
|Monday:||Easy 6 miles with Alexis|
|Tuesday:||Easy 10 miles|
|Wednesday:||12 Miles with 10X 1 minute hard+1 mile jog|
|Thursday:||Swim 1 hour|
|Friday:||Easy 10 miles with Skip|
|Saturday:||Race 3 miles Average 6:24 pace, total miles 10|
|Sunday:||Long-Run Average: 7:55|
My easy runs were just that, easy. On Thursday, I decided to get in the pool versus run. My body needed a break from the miles.
Workout Wednesday: On Wednesday, I chose to do a Fartlek. I’ve been busy this week with life and have been getting anywhere between 6-7 hours of sleep. That works for a lot of people but not me and my body just felt exhausted.
I felt flat the entire run and it was as if my body couldn’t move any faster. My “fast” was around 6:30 pace (over/under .15 for one minute). At first, I was tough on myself, but I realized I’d done a similar workout in December and I averaged 6:40 pace and felt on top of the world. So I know I’m making progress.
Race: 19154 2 Mile 19:14 (6:24 pace)
This was supposed to be a 5k, but the course was short. At the start, I heard from another local race director, the race was short, so I wasn’t surprised. I was happy it was at least 3 miles. Anyway, I didn’t feel great and the course was challenging, but I was able to get a fast race in. It’s about 10 seconds per mile faster than last time I ran a 5k and I’m confident I would have snuck under 20 in a 5k. My splits were 6:22, 6:19, 6:30. The last mile was challenging.
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|19154 3 Mile Race: (19:14/6:24 per mile)| Decided to hop into a local race today. 10 seconds per mile faster than the last time I ran a 5k. Would have snuck right under 20 minutes if it was a 5k. Between the climbs and the turns, it was a challenging course. Work is beginning to turn into progress.
Sundays Long Run: 14 Miles averaging 7:55 pace
The goal was to negative split. On Sunday, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and couldn’t shake it. I didn’t feel great and I wasn’t in the mood to run at all, let alone a long run. I was able to kind of get out of a funk and the run went a lot better than anticipated. All of my miles during the second half were 7:51 or faster and my last mile was 6:52.
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14 miles averaging 7:55 pace. First mile 8:40 last mile 6:52. Didn’t think I had a negative split long run in my legs but then I did…and I kept negative splitting and it felt good. 14 miles has been such an enjoyable long run distance for me recently. Doesn’t take up my whole day and I feel like I stay engaged the entire time.
Next week, I’ll be going on a mini trip to Hilton Head and running the Hilton Head Half Marathon. Usually, I like to escape the winter in either January or February for a week, but we haven’t had much winter weather this year. I’m looking forward to just relaxing and racing.
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Questions for you:
How was your week of training?
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