Olive’s 5K Training Log

I squeezed a mini-vacay to my parents’ house in Maryland into this week! With moving, we don’t really have time for a vacation, but we’d bought tickets to an Orioles game months before we decided to move, so we went for a few days. It was great to see my family and a nice change of scenery! Even with the travel, I was able to get some quality training in, and I’m happy with how the week went.

Monday-8 hilly, humid miles, 8:23 average.

Hey there giant hill.

Tuesday-same 8 miles, 8:40 pace, and then spent the day at Hershey Park. While at the park I realized I just can’t handle rides any more-I got motion sick on the merry-go-round!

Wednesday-I drove to the local high school track, only to discover it was locked and had multiple “do not enter” signs posted all over it! I wasn’t sure what to do, so I decided to find a flat-ish stretch of road and attempt my workout there. I knew my paces would be off, so I just went by effort.

The workout was supposed to be 3×1600 at 6:05, but that’s a really fast pace for me even on the track, and I thought I’d try to run it just under 5K pace (so modified goal time was 6:15). I went 6:10, 6:14, and 6:15, and I’ll take that after a day of walking around an amusement park!

Thursday-flew home, rest day.

Friday-second track workout of the week, and luckily the track near my house was unlocked! I did 2×400 (goal 85, actual 84), 3×800 (goal 2:53, actual 2:55, 2:53, and 2:51), and 4×200 (goal 40, actual 40, 40, 39, 39). I went pretty early in the morning and my stomach was “off” the whole time, so I’m happy with the results! Later I taught 2 classes.

I was greeted by these track shoes thrown over a telephone pole..I hope that doesn’t mean the same thing it did at my college!

Saturday-8.5 recovery, 8:31 pace. Then I taught 2 classes.

Sunday-13, 8:05 pace.

This week I have another 50 miles with a full load of classes, and I’m just trying to keep my injury-free streak going!

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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