May was an interesting and fun month. I’m finally starting to see some glimmers of fitness before my fall way back in 2021. Before the fall, I ran a 1:29 half. I felt like I was making progress towards PRs. Then the fall that hurt my back and a series of other injuries, including an ankle problem and flu prohibited me from progressing. After running some personal worst, I feel like I’m slowly progressing to run “faster” again.
Miles run: 314
Range of Paces: 6:25-18:30-untimed
Swimming: 33.97 miles
It was a good month of staying consistent and moving forward. I’m trying to run as many 5ks as possible this summer (without burning out, of course). I thrives on racing often, and I’ve realized I missed that. It can be a pain to drive “all the way into LA or OC or San Diego” for a 5k, but as mentioned the Menifee Memorial Day 5k, I don’t really think of it that way. I think of it more as a day trip with some fun.
When I ran a 20:37 at the Menifee Memorial 5k, it really showed me I think I’m in better fitness than I originally thought. I assumed I would barely squeak under 21 and even that was a stretch. After then running a 20:30 at the Corona Del Mar Scenic 5k, a challenging and hilly course, I realized it wasn’t a fluke!
Last month, I had some decent workouts and also some nongreat ones. I mean don’t we all every month? I was feeling a little stale after the La Jolla Half Marathon and not meeting my goals, so I took a down week. And I felt a lot better after that. It’s been unusually windy in the desert lately, and that also makes it unusually cool, but the wind beats you up mentally.
I’ve also been working on swimming more. I find swimming outside to (usually) be so relaxing so it’s nice to swim outdoors when the weather corporates. I say “usually” because occasionally the wind is unenjoyable and swimming in wind is actually harder than running in wind. My friend and I will likely do a swim meet in June which will be super fun.
I can see some glimmers of fitness coming through that I haven’t seen in quite some time. Running a 6:25 mile in a 5k? I haven’t done that in a couple of years. I hope I can keep improving.
For Next Month:
My goal for June is to continue to work on top-end speed as I work on my goal for a sub-20-minute 5k before the end of the summer. I want to get some longer+faster workouts on the track, which will likely benefit me more. I’ve also been working on shorter and faster reps versus longer intervals. I’ve neglected my top-end speed for so long that it will take a while to come back.
As I progress into harder and faster workouts, I want to get 4-5 miles of hard work. I usually end with about 3 miles of hard work but I would like to increase the hard work component to help increase endurance and speed.
Posts from the Month:
CookUnity Review: My favorite meal delivery service so far?
Questions for you:
How was your month of training?
Are you training for anything?