I See Hill Work in My Future

by Sue

So it’s been a while….

Things have been CRAZY the past couple weeks. So I’m going to backtrack a little bit.

Me and the birthday girl.

The week of the 15th was my highest mileage of my half plan. It went like this:

Treadmill + progression + last mile at 7:30 pace:

Monday: 8 miles in 66:32
Tuesday: 6 miles in 50:12
Wednesday: 8 miles in 66:44
Thursday: 4 miles in 31:57

Trying to keep things like this in mind.

Saturday I signed up for a local fundraiser 5K. Why not, right? I have run two fulls and many halfs, yet truth be told, the last time I ran a 5K race was sometime in the mid to late 90s when I would not have actually called myself a runner. In fact I remember barely making it through.

So, I honestly thought I could do this sub 23:00.

Well, let’s just say that didn’t quite happen. Despite the perfect cold weather, it was a TAD, and by tad I mean TOTALLY hilly. For some stupid reason the potential for it to be hilly didn’t cross my mind. I didn’t even know the course route. This, however, should not have been a surprise. It’s like I’d forgotten where I live.

I ended up being about 90 seconds (way) over my goal time. Unofficial time 24:17:54. 3rd place female and I think 12th overall. So I cannot complain.

Trying not to look at this as a fail; more like a lesson in what I need to work on. I need to make friends with the hills.

I added 10 more treadmill miles (84:44) when I got home to finish my weekend long run.

Sunday: 4 miles in 33:23

43.13 miles total for the week.

Moving on to the week of the 22nd’s runs….

Treadmill + progression + last mile at 7:30 pace:

Monday: 10 miles in 84:37
Wednesday: 6 miles in 49:41
Thursday: 12 miles in 1:41:24 (last long run of the training plan!)
Friday: 6 miles in 49:32
Saturday: 6 miles in 49:17


40 miles total for the week.

Finished the week off with a 5th place vault in her age bracket at the state gymnastics meet. Happy girl and proud mommy!

The girl can run.


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