Catnip’s training log – week ending 1/25/2015

I feel like I am really hitting my stride! This is my 4th week in a row over 70 miles and (other than scheduling issues — see Wednesday’s entry below, for example) the miles are flying by rather easily! My workouts haven’t been very challenging recently, so once I up my tempo pace and maybe insert some other speedwork I expect this to change. JB is coming up on his first birthday soon and I wonder if my body is getting close to recovery — I seem to recall some moms saying that it took about a year to feel physically “back” — anyone have any experience there?

Monday: No work due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Ran 15.1 miles at 7:57 average in crisp temperatures. Really enjoyed this run.

Tuesday: 6.5 @ 8:32 average on the treadmill in the evening.

Wednesday: 2.6 @ 9:06 in the morning — JB woke up after just a short time napping. Tried another run in the evening — made it 1.1 miles — but spending 2 1/2 hours trying to put the baby to bed didn’t leave time for any more. I’m calling this a day off.

Thursday: 9.1 miles @ 7:20 average with 6 miles progressive tempo averaging 6:43. I was surprised by how easy this felt, even running 6:26 pace at the end.

Friday: 9 miles @ 8:25 pace in the morning, 3.5 @ 8:37 in the evening.

Saturday: 9.1 in the morning including a muddy, icy cross-country 5k in 21:09 (2nd place). Felt pretty sluggish for this race and was surprised to run as fast as I did. Then 4 in the evening at 8:40 pace.

Sunday: 16ish miles on trails at 8:20ish pace. Expected to feel tired but ended up feeling great, even when the sleet started in the last hour. Wished I’d made time to run more! 90 minutes yoga in the afternoon.

total = 76 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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