Catnip’s training log – August 2015

Fastest 5k since giving birth to the cutest baby!
Fastest 5k since giving birth to the cutest baby!

Up until this point in my comeback from injury, I hadn’t thought ahead much to plan a fall schedule. I’d informally planned to hit up some of my favorite 5k and 10k races but hadn’t given it much thought. However, running started going really well in August, and suddenly it seemed both logical and exciting to sign up for aย marathon! If you remember, I DNF’ed two marathons last fall and haven’t completed a marathon since my PR back in 2011 so feeling ready and excited was a big deal — August was awesome!

Week ending 8.2.15

60.6 miles total with a long run of 14 on hilly trails, plus a mid-week 10 miler. Ran strides a couple days and my lone workout was 5 miles tempo averaging 6:43. Noted in my log that tempo pace felt “easy.”

Week ending 8.9.15

71.4 miles total with a surprise 20 miler! Met a friend on Wednesday to run long on hilly trails. She wanted to do at least 18 miles and I figured I’d try to hang for 16 or so.ย Oddly, both of us felt better and better as the miles passed and suddenly we’d completed 20 miles! Also ran a low-key 5k on the weekend in a relatively slow time (20:55). It was accurate and I didn’t think the hills were that bad, so I’m not sure what happened here.

Week ending 8.16.15

75.4 miles total and a postpartum 5k PR of 18:10! Realized later that I actually ran faster while pregnant… Ugh. Really looking forward to knocking out a fast 5k in the fall. Long run of 16 on hilly trails.

Week ending 8.23.15

75.1 miles including 3 mile tempo averaging 6:39 pace and a half marathon race. Ran 1:31:46, but lost 2 1/2 minutes and then another minute in restrooms. Good effort and good mental test, though I wasn’t thrilled about the time result.

Week ending 8.30.15

77.4 miles with two long runs: 16 and 17, both on hilly trails. Highlight of the [running] week was a hilly stroller run in which JB yelled “go mama!” on all the inclines until he passed out.

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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