In the spring of 2015 I set out with a goal to get speedy, aiming to PR each of the common race distances I’ve crossed the finish of thus far [5K, 5-mile, 10K, 15K, half marathon]. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to train strong. Up first, I’m chasing the train to 5K PR city – currently at 29:35. This is week three.
Monday 15 – Sunday June 21
Total Miles Planned: 18 total
Total Miles Ran: 14 total, 8 ran & 6 walked
Favorite Run: After work on Friday evening, I hit the streets for 5 miles of run a mile, walk 400 meters, repeat. It was hot and sunny and humid and gross, but I pushed myself through and didn’t quit early once, which is always a major success for me. I ran a new-to-me route made up of sections of other routes I’ve run once or twice in the past couple of years and the semi-familiarity with the terrain, scenery, hills, and such really helped keep me going. The experience of rediscovering things you kinda remember [like how to play Presidents & Assholes, which I happened to conquer at a party this weekend] is always a fun one for me.
After the run, I took a nice 2-mile walk to stretch my legs. Walking long after hard workouts is a habit I’ve been happy to take on this running-season.
Least Favorite Run: I didn’t run this weekend, which is kind of odd for me; I usually run either Saturday or Sunday, and lately have been running on both days, taking advantage of the extra time available to log miles or tackle speed work.
There were two planned runs on the schedule I didn’t hit this week, one I traded for a long walk and one I skipped all together.
Other Workouts: A two mile walk, a light body weight strength training workout and a GREAT 5K workout of endurance building intervals with Steff. It’s really great to see someone learn first hand that they are stronger than they realize and watching Steff’s reaction when she learns that she’s passed previous bests in terms of speed or distance is a lot of fun for me as an unofficial coach.
Listening Notes: Same as the normal, some old favorite podcasts. I’ve been catching up on the backlog which included some episodes of You Made it Weird, one of my most favorite podcasts of all time.
Fueling Notes: I definitely didn’t refuel soon enough after Friday’s workout and started to feel light headed when I noticed it. I ate dinner immediately and felt better instantly. I have to remember to take in some calories within 30 minutes of a hard workout.
#THSGetsFaster Reflections: If there is one thing I have learned in the almost six [!!!] years of running and chasing a healthier, happier self is that prepping as much as I can for myself ahead of time is the key to making healthy choice making easy on myself.
The Taurus that I am, I have a lot of grand plans and great ideas – it’s the follow through that needs the most work when it comes to all the things I want to do for myself, no matter how great my intentions are when I set goals or proclaim plans.
I’ve learned that it’s when I take the time to prepare for the healthy choices I hope to make that I most often follow through with the good decisions. After skipping a weekend workout and not hitting my mileage goal this week [errr…and drinking 6 out of the last 8 days – hooray summer celebrations!], I really want to focus on logging all my miles this coming week.
I’m helping future Heather make that happen by planning my workouts for week and packing up all the gear I need to bring to the office. I’m an evening runner and love sweating off the stress after a long day of work, and I have workouts of one sort or another in the plan for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday so I packed a bag with enough gear for 4 runs and brought it to the office with me Monday morning.
I also took some time to make healthy lunch options and prepare snack dishes to bring to work with me to make nutritious decision making easier on myself, too.