Catnip’s training log – week ending 5/25/2014

Although the week ended with a somewhat disappointing 5k, I’m still considering it a success: I enjoyed all my runs, am still feeling healthy, and have a shot at 5k redemption soon!

Monday: 0. Played with the baby in the morning – no run. While pumping at work, it seemed like I was getting very little milk, so I took the evening off running as well.

Tuesday: 8 miles/1:01:53. Milk supply was back to normal, so I did a workout in the evening! Ran 25 minutes tempo starting at 6:40 pace, averaging 6:29 overall. Felt very controlled. Before my last 5k (19:07 a month ago) I’d run 7:01 pace for tempo; tempo workout right after that 19:07 was at 6:55. Got to thinking I could shoot for a low-18 or even sub-18 at my 5k Saturday…

Wednesday: 4.5 miles/40 minutes with Scott in the morning. 6.5/56:11 on the treadmill in the evening. JB slept 7 hours straight last night, so I was feeling spectacular!

Thursday: 6.5 miles/58:00. Ran the first few miles outside, then came in and grabbed the baby monitor and finished on the treadmill so Patrick could go to work. ย Then 3.6 miles/31:45 in the evening with 4x strides.

Friday: 7.3 miles/1:04. Super upset belly.

Saturday: 8.1 miles total with rolling 5k in 19:11. Yep, slower than a month ago. (And over a minute slower than last year at the same race when I was 5 weeks pregnant.) Granted, last month’s 5k was on the track, but I had better competition plus lots of good workouts under my belt. I went out conservatively but hit a wall around 2k. My theory is that I was depleted from having a skimpy dinner Friday night (upset belly, remember) and not enough for breakfast to support running + breastfeeding. Lesson learned!

Sunday: 5.5 miles/49:00. Sunny and warm enough to go shirtless!

Total: 50 miles

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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