Catnip’s training log – 11.1.2015

I'm hoping I'll be able to have a lot more photos with this awesome runner friend soon!
I’m hoping I’ll be able to have a lot more photos with this awesome runner friend soon! So glad she’s on the comeback trail.

Now that I am caught up on the past several month’s training logs since my injury/burnout phase, I can start posting weekly again! Right now, I’m trying to hold onto the fitness I earned for the Columbus Marathon and sharpen up for some 5ks in November. My goal is to run 17:45 around Thanksgiving and then shut down for a couple weeks to rest and get ready for a few track meets.

I ran a 5k on Sunday, my first since August and was pretty happy with the 19:13 finish since it was a touch long. I ran probably the most even splits I’ve ever achieved in a 5k – 6:02, 6:05, 6:06 – which is a good indicator I’ve got decent strength right now.

Monday: 2.3 miles at 8:47 pace. Tired after a long day of work and had a stuffy nose, but really wanted to get outside and clear my head. This run served its purpose – felt much better afterward.

Tuesday: 5.2 at 6:58 average including 25 minutesย progressiveย tempo averaging 6:24. Felt controlled.

Wednesday: 4.3 at 8:46 pace during JB’s nap.

Thursday: 4 at 8:33 pace. Wasn’t feeling very excited about getting out the door in the dark, but decided to try and did feel good once I was out there.

Friday: Off. Bubble bath instead!

Saturday: 4 miles at 8:45 pace including 4 strides.

Sunday: 4.2 total including 5k (3.2 miles) in 19:13 for the win.

total: 24 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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