Catnip’s training log – 1.10.16

IMG_1508I went back to work this week but managed to keep the running momentum going, knocking out another 70+ miles. Unless otherwise noted, everything was on the treadmill and was pretty boring. Friday, however, I got to race a mile on the indoor track!

I haven’t run anything under 6 minute pace since my 5ks in November so I wasn’t sure what to expect. At the gun, 4 girls went out in front of me and another one passed shortly thereafter. I knew from the heat sheets that there were only a couple seeded under 5:50, so I expected to catch most of them but by the 3rd lap the pace was feeling really slow so I pulled around all of them on the backstretch.

From there, I had no idea what was going on with the college girls behind me. I also had no idea of my pace – the college didn’t have a clock set up and I didn’t start my watch. So I just ran hard and focused on passing people efficiently, since I had to lap others on the 200m track. I tried to pick up the pace in the last 400 and switching into kick mode in the last lap felt niiiiiiice. Final time was 5:35 and I won by 30 seconds.

The whole time, JB had been sitting with my parents, watching intently and smiling at me. I caught a “Run fat [fast] mama!” on one lap, even! But when I crossed the finish line and walked back over to them, he looked so confused. Annoyed, even! “Mama WALKING?” he asked, disapprovingly.

Monday: 8 miles @ 8:18 average

Tuesday: 3.1 @ 8:33 in the morning. 7.3 @ 7:07 overall average in the evening including 35 minutes averaging 6:36 pace. Can’t believe how little fitness I lost over my two week break.

Wednesday: 8.4 miles @ 8:35 average mid-day. 3.4 @ 8:44 after JB went to bed.

Thursday: 6.5 @ 8:32 pace.

Somewhere in the middle of running 8 circles around the track.
Somewhere in the middle of running 8 circles around the track.

Friday: 4.1 miles @ 8:11 pace after lunch. Cold, rainy, and I almost threw up my lunch. 5.3 in the evening including 1 mi race in 5:35 followed by 2 miles tempo around 6:30 average.

Saturday: 15 @ 8:26 average in perfect weather!

Sunday: 7.8 miles in cold rain that turned into the stabby kind of snow in the crazy wind gusts. Pretty miserable. Ran 3.5 on the treadmill in the evening @ 8:30 pace with a couple breaks to check on my quiche.

Total = 73 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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