Olive’s Training Log-7.23.17

I was excited to get back to training this week after last week’s mini-taper leading up to the 5K.ย  Frankly, I was ready to wash my hands of the 5K and revisit it in the winter when it’s cooler and move on the 10K. However, moving is throwing a bit of a wrench in my plans. I had planned on running a 10K in Dallas two days after we arrived (which is the day before we move into our new house). Now we are planning on moving in a few days later, and there are no 10Ks in San Antonio on the same date. My coach said I could either find ANOTHER 5K or just skip it and wait for a fall half, and I opted for the latter. My next race with be the Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon on September 23, so I have time to get a good training block in before then.

Monday-8 miles easy, 8:16 pace. Later I taught a strength class.

Tuesday-Tempo. 2 mile warmup, 3 miles @6:45, 2 mile cooldown. Later I taught a strength class.

Wednesday-8 recovery, 8:16 pace again. I took the kids to Six Flags in the 102 degree heat because I’m dumb, and then I taught a spin class. I was DEAD at the end of the day.

Thursday-I got a babysitter so I could go to the track early in the morning versus waiting until the kids were up and it was hot. My workout was: 2×200 at 45, 3×1600 at 6:05, 2×200 at 40. I did the first set of 200s as prescribed, the 1600s in 6:04, 6:04, and 6:07, and the last 2 200s in 39. I wasn’t psyched about the last 1600 but was overall happy. I’d spent a lot of time on my feet Wednesday so was glad I could manage that tough workout! Later I got some dry needling on my tight adductors and calves, and then taught a strength class.

The red dots are Sharpie, not blood.

Friday-8 recovery at 8:25, and then a strength class.

Saturday-12 miles at 8:00 pace. I felt really really good this entire run. I got to catch up on some good podcasts (check out ESPN’s 30 for 30!) and felt what might even constitute as a cool breeze. Later I taught 2 classes and then ate the contents of my fridge.

Sunday-sweet sweet rest day.

Next week will be my last week of teaching group fitness. I absolutely love it, but I think it will help my running to take some time off. A lot of the classes I teach are the same, so I end up doing a lot of squats and lunges which stress out my hip flexors and quads. I’ll be sad to leave, but I think my body will appreciate the break.

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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  1. I’m no running expert but even your “easy” runs don’t seem easy. We run about the same paces ( when I do race) and I don’t train as hard as you. Right now I just run not to be fat b/c ice cream, cup cakes and bacon.

    1. It’s so hard to compare training paces, even if you race similarly. Everyone is so different. For what it’s worth- Olive’s 20:15 recent 5k converts to a VDOT of 49.1, and “easy” paces under that formula fall around 8:22-8:52 so per Jack Daniels standards, she’s not blowing it out of the water with 8:16’s…especially seeing as she’s definitely in shape for sub-20 5k which would raise Vdot a bit and lower that easy pace even a little more.

      Just a little outsiders perspective mixed with some Jack Daniels theory!

      1. Thank you Barley! I try not to look at my watch during easy runs (or the display of the treadmill, in this weeks’ case) and just keep my pace conversational, and then it is what it is at the end of the run.

  2. Nice week of training, love the consistency with the track workout- add in the heat, workouts and other time on feet you had going on…definitely strong!

  3. You definitely seem to get in a lot of extra with all the classes you teach- I’m impressed! I bet you will feel all the extra energy when you take a break for awhile. Good luck with your move!