Olive’s 5K Training Log-Round 2

I’m on my second attempt at a 5K PR, after attempting and bombing one last weekend (abbreviated race report: I started way, way too fast and blew up and shuffled in). Luckily, I have another 5K on July 15, so I’ll try again for a PR then. I have 4 weeks until then to get ready.

Despite the unfortunate result, the training last month went really well. I started track workouts again after a few years off and have been really pleased with the times I’ve been able to run. Although a PR would obviously be icing on the cake, I have faith that the training will eventually pay off, whether it’s in this 5K or in a future long race. This month I’ll up my mileage just a bit and pick up the pace on my speed workouts. And since it’s still summer break, my husband will still be traveling and I’ll have the kids with me, so I’ll have to get creative with fitting runs in.

Monday: 8 easy treadmill, 8:16 pace. Later I taught 1 class.

Tuesday: I ran at 11:00 while the kids were in an art class. This was not a great run since it was already 92 degrees out, but I wanted to try to run outside as much as possible as opposed to the treadmill. I did 6 miles at 8:40 pace.

Wednesday-Track day. After a warmup, I did 2×400 (goal 85; actual pace 84, 84), 2×1600 (goal 6:00; actual pace 5:58, 6:03), and 4×200 (goal was 40; actual splits were 38, 39, 39, 38).  I taught a spin class that night.

Cooldown walk with my youngest.

Thursday- rest day. Taught 1 strength class.

Friday-Treadmill tempo. 3 mile warmup, 3 miles at 6:40, 2 cooldown. Later I taught 1 strength class.

Saturday-8 easy, 8:08 pace, then I taught 2 classes.

Sunday-Swampy long run. 13 miles at 7:58 average.

Accepting the fact that it will be this disgusting outside for the next 3 months.

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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