Training Summary: 5/10-5/30

The last three weeks, I've started to feel my fitness move as I've gotten into the flow of training. The emphasis has been on maintaining volume (91, 93, and 88 are my weekly mileage totals), staying within myself, and being consistent. I probably violated that principle a bit this week with a couple of spontaneous tempo runs that left my legs a little tired. But hey it feels good to feel good.

Aside from those two steady runs, most of my training has been easy running, between 7:15 and 7:45 pace. I've run 4 workouts and a 5k race (16:35) over the three weeks. Nothing too intense, mostly high-end aerobic surges and moderate efforts with plenty of rest. Everything up to this point has been mainly preparatory for more intense training later this summer.

One element that I've added has been more consistency with strides. I've been doing them 2-3 times a week, and I've noticed over these few weeks that they've gotten easier and I've gotten more fluid and a bit faster.

Next Saturday will be a real test of what I'm sensing: that the work is beginning to add up to some improved fitness. I'm running a 5000m track race--my first race on the track since college. My goal is to run under 16:00. It's a bit of a stretch, but if I can do that without any real specific 5k pace work, that bodes well for where I am fitness-wise.

We will see.


  1. Good luck in your 5000! I ran one in late january off of just base mileage and I was really pleased with a 15:55, so that's defintely a great way to determine your fitness!

  2. Thanks, Hunter. I'd be pleased with a 15:55, too. And nice job in the marathon! Was that your first? If so, GREAT debut!

    Hopefully we can get that run in sometime.

  3. Good luck on your track meet. Remember to utilize the "evil eye" on anyone who is ahead of you. If you send out your evil eye, it will hook into your competitor and sling you around in front effortlessly!


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