Week(s) in Review, April 24-30 & May 1-7

So, I’ve missed the last few weeks of reviews, so this will actually be two weeks worth of training reviews. The last few weeks have gone pretty well, a few hiccups, but nothing major. No injuries, just laziness on a day or two. Let’s dive in!

April 24-30

Total mileage was a little short of expected/desired, but it turned out to be a solid week regardless. I was coming off of the FICPA 1040k 5k race and the longest run I’ve had in Miami, so I was a bit fatigued from the beginning (race recap here).

Overall, mileage went well, more treadmill running than I like, but sometimes that it what weather throws at you. I saw Mark Richt, former UGA football coach and current UM coach, on one of my runs. Other than that, it was just more of the same. Solid week!

Runs:

  • Monday– 6 miles (2 + 4)
  • Tuesday– 8 miles
  • Wednesday– 6 miles
  • Thursday– 7 miles
  • Friday– 6 miles
  • Saturday– 11 miles (3 + 8)
  • Sunday– 12 miles
  • Total Miles– 56 miles

May 1-7

This week begins training in my mind for one main reason: workouts. When I am training for races, I never really feel like I’m moving forward until I am doing specific workouts. So, this week begins my training of the summer races and ultimately my fall half-marathon goal.

I took Monday very easy, only 5k of running, and I think this may be a trend I continue. I am finding, now as a nearly 30-year old, that my body needs a little bit more time to recover from long runs. I believe this is partly age and partly current fitness. So, while I won’t always do a short 3-4 mile run on Mondays, I will likely do two 3-5 mile runs at a very comfortable “regenerative” pace.

The rest of the week actually went fairly well, and leading to Friday, I felt relatively good. Friday had 20x:30 with :30 rest between intervals in the midst of an 8 mile run. This is one of my favorite workouts, taken from my former college training. It is a great first workout to get into training or as a kind of “maintenance” workout. I felt great through 15-16 intervals but the final 4-5 were tough. In my experience, most workouts have a time where you have to decide if you are willing to finish it or call it a day and start making excuses. I was tired, I have not run this hard in years. I easily could have excused my way in to quitting the workout and calling it a day. But, I didn’t ant to start my training there. So, I pushed through, and I am glad for it!

The week finished off with a solid 13 mile run. Again, longest I’ve had in Miami. It was pretty warm, I was a little dehydrated, but it was a great run overall! I am pleased with my progression of mileage and my first workout. Now, the training really begins. I will upload my May schedule later today, but the coming weeks have one workout a week and a progression of long runs up to 15 miles. It should be a great start heading into the summer and hopefully jump start some serious 5k training and build the foundation for 10k/half training in the fall.

Runs:

  • Monday– 3 miles
  • Tuesday– 8 miles
  • Wednesday– 8 miles (4+4)
  • Thursday– 8 miles
  • Friday– 8 miles (WU + 20x:30/:30R + CD)
  • Saturday– 8 miles
  • Sunday– 13 miles
  • Total Miles– 56 miles

For more details/specifics, check out my Strava!

-B

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