This has been one of the most unusual weeks running that I have had in quite a while. I only logged 3 runs (including a 5K race) and only about 8.6 miles for the week, but I checked off a couple of goals, set a new pr, and have improved my projected finish time for the Peachtree Road Race and the Atlanta Marathon.
Week In Review
Monday – track workout. 3.5 miles. I ran my first ever mile under 7 minutes – 6:52.
Tuesday – track workout. 2 miles. Another sub 7 mile – 6:40.
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – rest
Friday – 5K race. I ran my fastest mile (6:38), set a new PR of 22:27, and won my age group.
Saturday – rest
Sunday – 6 mile run planned. Legs were still sore from the hills and pace on Friday. I decided to take an extra day off.
Looking back over this week, it is easy to get discouraged by the number of miles that I logged. I have not had a week this low in months, however, I pushed hard early in the week to give myself the confidence that I could run a low 7 minute pace for a 5K, and then I rested to make sure that my legs were fresh for the race Friday night. Could I have run a little more last week? Perhaps. But I developed a plan, followed it, and achieved the desired result. I call that a win.
This Week’s Plan
I am now fully focused on the Peachtree Road Race 10K on July 4th. This will be the first time that I have ever run this race. I am familiar with the route and elevation changes, but I don’t know how the huge crowd size will affect my ability to run a solid race. Based on this past weekend’s 5K, I am projected to run a 10K in 47:04. Given the crowd, the elevation, and the potential for heat and humidity, my goals for this race are now:
My plan for this week:
Monday – tempo run (4 miles at 7:50 pace)
Tuesday – cycling
Wednesday – track workout (2x1600m, 800m)
Thursday – hill repeats
Friday – rest
Saturday – long run (8 miles at 8:10 pace)
Sunday – rest
My wife and I are heading off on Saturday afternoon for an overnight stay at the Fitzpatrick Hotel in Washington. Georgia.
After this week is over, I think that I will need it.