Mint’s Training Log – 04.07.2013

This week was intense in many ways.  A serious family health scare + work + the start of Girls on the Run (I am a coach) + kid’s sports + training = one heck of a whirlwind week.  As crazy as it was, I have to say that I feel so very fortunate to have the people in my life that I do and to be able to do all that I can do.

Monday is my rest day and I felt I needed it as my legs were pretty sore from my 17 miler the day before.  I did my arm weights and ended up doing some easy running in the evening since Girls on the Run started.  How can I not run when I have so many fabulous running buddies?!

Girls on the Run is so much fun!
Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Tuesday I was scheduled for a tempo / speed work out, but my legs were still pretty sore.  I really did not want another failed workout like last week, so rather than push it, I decided just to log an easy progressive run.  61 minutes / 7 miles / 8:42 pace.

Wednesday I was up early for my tempo / speed workout.  My legs were feeling pretty fresh and it was a successful (but hard) workout:  10 minute warm up (8:57); 20 minutes @ 7:16 pace; .13 recovery (10:00 m/m); 3 x (.25 @ 6:15 pace; .25 recovery); 2 x 1 mile at 7:16 pace; 1 minute recovery; 10 minute cool down with 5 x 30 second pick ups at 6:00 pace.  70 minutes; 9 miles / 7:45 average pace.  Wednesday night I ran with my fabulous Girls on the Run again.  No idea how far or fast, but it was fun.

Thursday I had a fartlek workout on tap.  I could have moved it to Friday, but I wanted to race on Saturday.  So I decided to do it as scheduled, but to do it after work so I would have 36 hours between hard efforts.  Fortunately the workout wasn’t too tough.  Just enough to get some speedy stuff in:  20 minute easy warm up; 5 x (2 min @ 6:40; 1 min rest; 1 min @ 6:40; 30 sec rest; 30 sec @ 6:40; 30 sec rest); 7+ minute cool down with 4 x 30 sec pick ups @ 6:00 pace.   55 minutes / 7 miles / 7:56 average pace.

Friday I ran easy after work.  It was windy, but 47 degrees!  45 minutes / 5 miles and change / 8:51 pace.

Will run for pie!
Will run for pie!

Saturday it was race time!  The whole family decided to run it (yay!) and one of my good friends came out too.  I didn’t have super high expectations since I hadn’t raced a 5k in a LONG time and I had enjoyed way too much red wine Friday night when my husband I went out to celebrate the fact that my sister-in-law’s cancer had not returned (woo hoo!!).  It was a small race and my friend and I ended up taking 1st and 2nd place (me in 2nd).  Don’t be fooled though.  It wasn’t a great race for me.  I faded a bit and I finished with a time no where near my PR.  BUT, we all had a blast!  My goal was anything under 22 minutes and I ended up with 21:55.  Talk about cutting it close.  🙂

1st and 2nd place women in the 5k
1st and 2nd place women in the 5k

Sunday was a beautiful day.  It was 50 degrees and sunny during my run.  My legs were a little tight from the 5k, but overall I felt pretty good.  1 hour 45 minutes / 12 miles / 8:49 pace.  Closed out the night hanging out with friends and enjoying spring-like weather.  Looking forward to next week.

Total: 45 miles

Less than 2 weeks until my half marathon!  To be honest, I am not feeling overly confident about my ability to PR, but I am looking forward to a fun race.  I also have to admit that I am getting pretty excited about the Boston Marathon.  I have a love/hate relationship with that race (mostly hate/hate truth be told), but it is exciting!

Mindi is a serial marathoner. She is a private practice attorney, wife and mom of two awesome (and super fast) boys, ages 12 and 14. She coaches Girls on the Run and is a big advocate of youth running.

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  1. I highly recommend it! Running races with my whole family is one of my FAVORITE things to do. It can be pricey, but it is so worth it. Sometimes my kids are reluctant to go, but every time we have so much fun and all feel so good after racing. I am excited to start another racing season!