Olive’s 5K Training Log-7.2.17

This was my third 50 mile week in a row, and add in some heat, humidity, and some extra group fitness classes, and I’m pretty tired. Here’s how it all went down:

Monday-8 miles easy treadmill, 8:24 average. Later I taught a strength class.

Tuesday-track day! 2×400 (85, 85), 2×1600 (goal was 6:00, actual times were 6:01 and 6:04), and 4×200 (39, 39, 38, 38). Those 1600s were HARD and I was not psyched to see 6:04 on the second one. But the humidity was killer-I was soaked in sweat after my warmup, so I’m hoping that’s why I was a little off.

Wednesday-8 miles treadmill recovery, 8:24 pace again (not sure how I managed that!). Later I taught a spin class.

Thursday-Tempo. 2.5 mile warmup, 3 miles at 6:40, 2 cooldown. That was the goal, but that’s not how it happened. The first mile of the tempo was mostly downhill, and I ran it in 6:26, thinking that this was the equivalent of a 6:40 on a flat road, but I guess I was wrong, because I totally ran out of gas in the second mile. My last 2 miles were 6:52 and 6:47 and I was pretty pissed at myself. I’m doubting my ability to run a 5K averaging 6:20 if 6:40 felt impossible! Later I taught a strength class.

Post-warmup, pre-death by tempo.

Friday-8 recovery, 8:13 pace. Later I taught 2 classes.

Saturday-13 miles, 8:03 average. I was so tired and felt like I was barely moving, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the 8:03 average. I convinced myself it would be more like 10:03! I looked back at old training logs after this, and my long run paces have gotten consistently faster over this past year (I used to average around 8:20). So even if I have sucky tempo runs, I can at least be happy that I’ve gotten faster. Later I taught a spin class and took a nap at the movie theater during Despicable Me 3.

Sunday-no running, but I taught 1 class.

I am a stay at home mom and group fitness instructor from South Texas. I love reading, wine, and travel. I write about trends, injury prevention and maintenance, and satire. I am training to break 1:30 in the half marathon sometime soon, and for the 2017 Boston Marathon.

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