Tues: Decided to do mile repeats instead of timed intervals as a way to train my mind and build confidence for the 10K on Sunday. I warmed up for about 3 minutes, then ran 3 x 1 mile repeats with 3 minute rest intervals in between. Since I had no idea what time to aim for, my goal was somewhere between my 5K and half marathon paces. I ended up with a 9:20 average (9:22, 9:28, 9:12), which I think is a good starting point.
Stats: 4.14 miles/40:18/9:44 pace
Wed: P90X Ab Ripper workout in the evening. When I first started doing this workout, I could only do about 30-40% of it. I’m still only hovering around 50% but I’m nonetheless encouraged by the small amount of progress.
Fri: I just started reading Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel by Matt Fitzgerald, which was recommended to me by the Gypsy Runner. One of the first chapters emphasizes the importance of using your training to build confidence, which then correlates with improved performance. I took this lesson to heart when considering my run for Friday, which would be my last run pre-race. I decided that I could pretty easily run 10K at my previous PR (1:01:52) without tiring myself out. So that’s what I did! This run definitely accomplished the task of building my confidence for Sunday’s race. Anyway, the book is really interesting so far. I’ll probably post a book review when I’m finished reading it.
Stats: 6.2 miles/1:01:19/9:54 pace
Sat: 3 mile hike at Tilden Regional Park with the Gypsy Runner.
Sun: LMJS 4th Sunday race! Race recap will be posted later today. The take-home message is that I set a new PR and got 2nd in my age group. The Gypsy Runner came in 1st overall in the 5K, and AW finished 2nd among the 5K ladies. Great job everyone!
Stats: 6.26 miles/58:42/9:23 pace
WEEKLY TOTAL: 16.6 miles.
How I feel about it: Can’t really complain about a good training week followed by a new PR. A+