After coming off of my high from last Sunday’s 10K PR at the Perfect 10 (race recap still to come), I was very excited about continuing my training success during week 5. After reviewing my training plan, I quickly realized that the week’s plan had to be adjusted since Preston and I were out of town this past weekend in order to cheer on my in-laws at the Susan G. Komen 3 Day walk in Philadelphia.
Since my long runs are all scheduled over the weekend, I knew that this was the first item to be moved. I was also supposed to walk 5.5 miles this weekend, which was reduced in order to accommodate moving my long run. I wound up completing my walk for the week during my school’s Homecoming Parade, when I walked 1.25 miles from school to the start of the parade route and then the 1.25 mile long route itself back to school. It was a much welcomed change of scenery, although walking in jeans in 80 degree heat wasn’t the most enjoyable.
Throughout the week, I contemplated continuing forward with my plans to complete a timed run on Thursday, but both Wednesday and Thursday my body told me that my plan needed to be further altered, which resulted in my only running twice this past week – a timed run on Tuesday and a distance run on Friday.
Despite all the tweaks to my training plan, I knocked another two minutes off of my 10K time during my long run on Friday. Its incredible to think that I PRed twice within a five day time period! I’m hopeful that this continued success is a good sign of things to come for this Sunday’s Charlottesville Fall Classic 10K, but I’m trying to balance that enthusiasm with the reality that so much continued success is likely to hit a halt at some point.
My weekly mileage has been on the decline since week 2. This has been partly due to my schedule, and partly due to not wanting to overdo it just before a race. Since this weekend’s race will be my last major race before marathon weekend in January, I should be able to start following my training plan as planned and work towards increasing my mileage again during weeks 6 and 7.
Monday 9/30 – Rest day
Tuesday 10/1 – 3.36 mile treadmill run, kettlebell squat swings, abs
Wednesday 10/2 – Resistance band strength training for my ankle, abs
Thursday 10/3 – Rest day
Friday 10/4 – 2.50 walk during my school’s Homecoming parade, 6.71 mile treadmill run
Saturday 10/5 – Rest day
Sunday 10/6 – Rest day
Total Weekly Mileage – 12.57 miles (0.57 miles less than week 4)
Total Half Marathon Training Mileage – 73.41 miles
QOTD: How do you adjust your training when traveling?