Total weekly mileage
I ran a 5k! My first since 2012; I guess I'm an endurance junkie after all (or cheap, 'cause I rationalize my race registrations by telling myself that longer distances have lower cost-per-mile ratios.) Race recap coming soon.
This week's workout: 6x400 @ 5k pace
Well, even though my legs were crazy tired and it was 90+ degrees out, I was still riding the new training plan motivation wave. This workout suffered from a convergence of typical Week 3 factors:
- It's early in the plan and my dreams are big! Motivation is high! I'm gonna get! all! my! runs! in! no! matter! what!
- Deep muscle fatigue hasn't set in yet, contributing to false sense of invincibility
- I'm still not in a training rhythm with gear etc.
All this means that I knew this would be a rough workout, but I'd be damned if I skipped it or rescheduled it. Not me! Not someone who is going to PR in October, like myself. I will be doing this workout, thank you very much.
My legs were very sore. It was very hot. But my watch beeped for the first 400 so I went for it. Somewhere around the second 400, I realized that I was way overshooting my "5k pace" because I couldn't fathom doing 4 more. In the third repeat, my watch died (nooooo!) and I admit that I felt some relief. I still pushed hard for the last 3 repeats, but I knew I was slowing and was glad I didn't have to see by how much.
- If I'm going to run by feel, then I need to actually adjust my pace to what "feels like" 5k pace. The first two should not have felt so brutal!
- Keep my damn watch charged!
Long run: N/A
No long run this week; my Hal Higdon plan scheduled this week as a cutback with just the one 5k this weekend (stay tuned for recap). Fine by me - I'm starting to feel exhausted (and hungry!), so I'm grateful for the extra rest.
No before-work runs this week. I slept through my running alarm on Tuesday, so I ran in the evening after I put the baby to bed. That created a cascade of evening runs - because it seemed silly to wake up and run again when I'd just run/taken a shower 12 hours earlier. Even though I loathe waking up earlier than I have to, running before work makes running way less burdensome on my family and preserves high-value evening free time, which can be spent doing anything: seeing friends, watching a movie, gardening, sewing, etc. Not gonna do any of that stuff at 5am. Goal for week 4: More morning runs.