Weekly workouts (5/11-5/17): My last week of downtime

Last week was my last week of easy, non-goal focused running since this week starts Beat the Heat track sessions at Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant (plus HIIT workouts) and training for the IOP Beach Run 10K (on the sand) on July 25.


I've got a 10K PR that's begging to be taken down, and while it was set when the weather was a little cooler, it was also run on the beach and I'm fairly certain my fitness has improved since then. And I've logged a lot more miles in the past year and a half as well. Generally, I'm a better runner now (I think...I hope?). 

I'll be happy with just a one-second PR, but my current training and the 5K PR I set at 7-months post-baby both say I should come in a little faster than that. Things in my favor: better training, more than a year out post-baby. Things against me: July in Charleston is a hot, humid beast. So really, no expectations. I just want to train smartly and see what happens. The real goal is my fall 10K and half marathon. I'm considering this a warmup. 

So here's what my last week of easiness looked like in workouts:

Monday: OFF 

Tuesday: Run - 4.04 miles (8:54 pace) 

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: OFF

Friday: Run - 4.11 miles (8:31 pace)

Saturday: Run - 5.11 miles (8:36 pace)

Sunday: 30 minutes core + extra long walk with the dogs

Total miles: 13.26 / Total runs: 3 / Total core/strength workouts: 1 / Total crosstraining: 0 

All of my runs last week were in the moderately easy zone (whatever that felt like on that particular day with its particular brand of humidity), so I wasn't pushing myself very hard, but I wasn't lollygagging, either. I could talk while running, but not sing.

Sunday was supposed to be a 6-mile(ish) stroller run, but at the time I was planning to run, Little B went down for an unexpected nap. So I did some core work and when he woke up, we all hit the pool instead. Time well spent. 

Other than that, I don't have much to say about last week's lackluster workouts. I'm ready to take things up a level with twice a week HIIT workouts, track, and slightly longer "long" runs on weekends. And paddleboarding. I must schedule some paddleboarding time immediately!