This week I decided to jump into a 5k at the last minute. I figured I would have to start somewhere! I still hadn’t decided on a race but my anxiety about “training” was getting the best of me. I figured the best way to improve in the 5k distance was to actually run some races.
The week was not planned around this race (until Friday) so I still did my normal workouts. I’m sure that the regular mileage did not help to rest up my legs for the race. If you have been following along for a bit you may have noticed that I stress myself out too much by singing up for races in advance and this method seems to work better for me.
Monday: 6 miles with 2 tempo miles and 4 short intervals
This was a tough workout. I ran a mile warm up, then 2 tempo miles (they were 7:59 and 7:47 but I was hoping for faster), took a 1/2 mile recovery and then did 4 2-minute intervals around 7:20-7:30 pace, followed by a cool down. My legs were toast by the end!
Tuesday: 3 easy miles and strength training
Wednesday: 5 miles and core/stability work
I followed a route on iFit which had some uphills portions, but also some parts that were downhill! It’s a nice treat to run a decline on the treadmill once in a while.
Thursday: 20 minutes spinning and strength training
It was good to take a day off from running, but the strength sessions burned out my legs anyway. Will those stability ball leg curls ever get easier?
It was weird but kind of nice to take a rest day during the week!
Saturday: Lucky Leprechaun 5k (plus warm up and cool down- 6 miles total)
I’ll do a recap this week, but I finished in 23:51 and got 3rd place female.
Sunday: 10 miles
I was in the mood for a long run so I headed out thinking I would do between 7 and 10 miles. I felt good and made it to 10.
Overall it was a strong week of workouts. We are supposed to get snow this week so I have a feeling I will be on the treadmill some more! However, I feel like I’ve found a nice balance of getting outside on the weekends and for speed work, and using the treadmill when I don’t feel like layering up or heading out in the dark for an early morning run.
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Do you prefer to plan ahead for races or jump in at the last minute?
How were your workouts last week?