Maple’s Training Log – 6.20.16

IMG_8034Well, here it is. My first Salty training log! After a 21 week training cycle for the Ottawa Marathon (May 29), I’ve been using June as a rest and recovery month. That said, I do have my eyes set on a couple of fall races, and will likely end up running the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon. Fall marathons are my jam. And, honestly, what else would I do on Saturday mornings throughout the summer?

This past week was my second week back running post-marathon. It also happened to be the week of Emilie’s Run 5K race I was registered for. Given that this would be my second 5K ever (!), I really saw this race as an opportunity to benchmark my fitness and (attempt) to gain experience racing fast.

Monday – 10K moderate with 5 x 50m strides.

Tuesday – 10K with 5 x 1000m on the Emilie’s Run 5K course. I run with the OAC Racing Team, an Ottawa-based women’s racing team, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most of the team would be running Emilie’s Run 5K race on Saturday. The purpose of this workout was to get us ready for the race. Mission accomplished. It was HOT out. We had a 2-3 minute rest interval in between each 1000m. Our coach had graciously packed ice cubes in his trunk to greet us after each interval.

Wednesday – 8K Easy.

Thursday – 8K Easy. You guys, this was rough one. I left my run until after work (risky) and I ended up encountering 32ºC heat. It doesn’t happen often, but I had to stop a couple of times to regroup. I may have let myself get dehydrated through the day.

Friday – OFF.

Saturday – 3K Warm Up.

Race – 5K @ 4:22/km (4:12, 4:18, 4:21, 4:24, 4:18) Official time: 21:40IMG_5599

I really had no expectations for this race, other than to push myself and see what I could do. I felt good throughout the race, and kept my head in the game the entire time. I was so proud of myself when I crossed the finish! My only other 5K was in January 2016, that I ran in 23:10 on a snowy trail. 1.5 minute PR in the 5K? I’ll take that any day.

Cool down – 2.5K Recovery. 

Sunday – OFF. 

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I'm a Canadian runner with a knack for training in frigid temperatures and completing 20 milers on the treadmill. I'm currently training for a spring marathon, with the goal of Boston Qualifying. Outside of running, I work in public policy and can often be found cross-stitching or being talked out of adopting another cat.

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