Hi! It’s been a while since I posted a training log. In fact, the last time was in February — when I had a fairly epic few weeks of cold-and-flu BS and barely ran for a whole month. I’ve been back at it since March, though, with the goal of running some 10k’s in June. Training has been going well: hovering around 30 miles per week, with 2 or 3 workouts, 2 or 3 easy runs, strength training, and some indoor cycling to boost aerobic fitness. We’ve had some lovely Spring weather, warm but not hot, usually with a little breeze to keep you from overheating.
So here’s how the last week went down:
Friday, May 18th: Easy 6 miles, feeling just fine.
Saturday, May 19th: My coach had scheduled intervals today, but I was having some GI issues (thanks, PMS!) so just did an easy 30-minute jog and hoped the stomach would calm down soon.
Sunday, May 20th: With enough Imodium, all things are possible. In the morning, I did a workout with 6×600 meters at Daniels’ I (for Interval) pace, which is slightly faster than 5k race pace. My intestines yelled at me the entire time, but fortunately I made it through without actually needing a bathroom. That afternoon, I headed to the gym and did 35 minutes of easy spinning to boost recovery, plus 20 minutes of strength training.
Monday, May 21st: Normally this would be a rest day after a hard workout, but with coach’s approval I moved my long run up a day, knowing it would be more difficult to fit in on Tuesday. So 10 miles super easy, mostly on trails. I was definitely tired, but got through it ok. I think it’s fine to do back-to-back workouts (yes, long easy runs count as a workout!) once in a while, but back-to-back intervals and long run would be too much for me on a regular basis.
Tuesday, May 22nd: Rest day.
Wednesday, May 23rd: Easy 6 miles + strength training.
Thursday, May 24th: Workout time! 6×5 minutes at Threshold (aka Daniels’ T pace, approximately half-marathon pace) with one minute jog recovery. I really enjoy T pace, because I’m strange, but this was definitely the hardest threshold workout I’ve done lately. It was the most total minutes at T pace this training cycle, with the shortest recovery. Not gonna lie, I felt badass getting it done on a hot day. Definitely needed a mantra or two to get me through the last rep!