Catnip’s training log – week ending 6/29/14

So it’s been almost 3 years since my last marathon and this is the week that convinced me to commit to train for one this fall. With last weekend’s 15 miler, a quick tempo workout,  a decent 5k in the heat, and another 15 miler feeling comfortable, I can finally see myself completing 20-mile runs and long tempos…and enjoying it!

Monday: 7.2 miles/1:05 and 3.5/31:26 in the evening. Finally got back on the core wagon, even if my workout was less than 5 minutes.

Tuesday: 7.2/54:17 with 22:00 progressive tempo averaging 6:17 pace. Had to take a restroom break only 8′ into the tempo portion so I atoned for it by adding a couple minutes to my targeted 20. Felt strong! Core again!

Wednesday: 8/1:10:36. 3rd day in a row of core workouts. Still pretty short, but better than nothing, right?

Thursday: 8.6/1:14:50…and I fell off the core wagon.

Friday: 5.5/47:22. Not much to report on these days – putting in the work is not glamorous or even interesting sometimes!

Saturday: 6.5 total including 5k in 18:43 for 5th place. It was pretty warm and humid and I had a terrible attitude leading up to the start.  Pulled myself together and tried to motivate myself to push more in the second half  so I could hold that last money spot (I did), but didn’t really feel good about that intention. Need to take the time to set goals that are truly meaningful to me. 90 minutes of yoga and then friend time in the afternoon.

Sunday: 15ish hilly miles on trails/2:08. Felt great! Finished feeling like I could do more miles and got the courage to text my coach to start talking about a marathon plan. Yay!

Total: 61.6 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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