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!

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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!

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

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.

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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.

Halfway there!

3 Comments

  1. I’m sorry you had a scare! I have the same experience with speedwork…I just don’t take to it very well for some reason. My spring plan had a bunch of speedwork in it and I ended up with an Achilles injury.

    Congrats on the sick PR! Two minutes is huge!
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  2. Congrats on your first race back (and the PR!)! I hope it gave you more confidence for the next 6 weeks of training. I think sticking to tempo runs for the rest of training is smart. Running intervals can be fun, but the tempo is where you’ll get the most benefit anyway. Hope your foot feels okay from here on out!
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  3. congrats on the PR!! i’m holding off on all speedwork right now, too. glad you are okay otherwise.

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