Well, week 6 was kind of a disaster. I’m over it through and even though I barely ran, the 2 times I did run were pretty awesome.
Monday: The Core + additional upper and lower strength training exercises
Tuesday: 8 miles total: 8 x 800, 1/4 mi. active recovery, 1 mile w/u, 1.25 mile c/d
This was tough and intense. Thankfully it’s my only speed workout for the week, well except for the race on Sunday. I kept it conservative through the first half because after last week’s 800s, there was no way I could do 2 more. Did them on the treadmill as usual and I was disgusting by the time I was done. The gym is always 900 degrees!
I had plans to run Wednesday night, but when I got home from work, my foot was feeling a little off, so I decided to skip my run. And as the week went on, it got worse!
It was the worst on Thursday and I was convinced that the stress fracture was back. Instead of running, I did absolutely nothing. :/ I could’ve used the bike or something, but I turned into a lazy slob who was depressed about my foot.
Good news is that it was at about 98% on Sunday morning and I decided that I could still run my race. I would’ve skipped it if I had to, but I would’ve been pretty sad, it’s my first race back post injury and I’ve been looking forward to it for almost a month.
Sunday: Poland Spring 5 mile race + 3 miles (8 miles total)
The race was great. I met up with Kim, and Kara at Beth‘s apartment. We ran a 1 mile warm up to the race and barely squeezed into the corrals. My original goal for the race was to run the 5 miles at tempo pace aka HMGP, but after this questionable week, I just wanted to run strong and I figured a PR was in the bag since I rarely run 5 mile races.
The race was crowded, but I was holding myself back anyway. I was scared to push too much because of my foot. It actually felt great the first 3 miles, then it was acting up a bit from mile 3-4, but then settled down and actually felt great for the rest of the day.
I kept it conservative in the first 4 miles and pushed it in the last mile. I was really happy with the race and how it turned out.
- Mile 1: 8:51
- Mile 2: 8:35
- Mile 3: 8:58
- Mile 4: 8:41
- Mile 5: 8:18
Official Time: 44:01, PR by 2+ minutes
I’m so happy I was able to bust out that 8:18 mile at the end, and that my foot felt really good for the rest of the day and it is definitely back to 100% right now.
Moral of the week?
No more crazy speedwork. It’s clearly too much, I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to do those 800s. I’m just excited to be training and I love working hard and pushing myself.
I’m sticking to Tempo runs for the rest of this training cycle. They aren’t as intense and they the type of workout that I will benefit the most from. I basically just need to practice half marathon goal pace, so that’s what I’m going to focus on.
Total: 16 miles
Not sure how great this next week is going to be, I’m getting a cold, but I’m hoping to fight it off and not let it destroy me.