Training Tuesday: Starting off sick, ending with a PR

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ll be celebrating at work today, but hopefully catch a view of our city’s parade from my office. Still, it’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another edition of Training Tuesday – here are some of the highlights from this week’s Cleveland half marathon training.

The week started off not-so-good – I had some sort of virus that knocked me out Sunday and Monday pretty hard and made the beginning of the week’s runs less-than-outstanding. But later in the week I got outside (3 times!) AND even mustered up the energy to get in a 5 mile race on Saturday (and a PR!).

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Monday: On the schedule – 3.5 miles.

Actual run – Not a real run. I managed a slow 2 miles on the treadmill at 0% incline before calling it a quits. I walked on and off until deciding just to give up – I felt lousy. I took my temperature and sure enough, had a fever still. So it was back to bed. I slept pretty much all day.

Tuesday: On the schedule – 5×400 at 5k pace.

Actual run – 5x400m with some at 5k pace. I had slept all day Monday pretty much and woke up Tuesday feeling a lot better. I dropped the incline, dropped my pace (a little – some were still at my goal 400m pace of abut 8 minute/mile) and got the run in. Was totally impressed with myself afterwards for not just bailing a third day in a row.


Wednesday: On the schedule – 3.5 miles.

Actual run – 4.68 miles – OUTSIDE. I was super tired and slow, and the girls I were supposed to run with didn’t end up running, so I was without a route and pacers. BUT I was outside and managed a few small hills. I finished up with a few ab exercises and 10 minutes on the elliptical.

Thursday: On the schedule – REST. 

Actual workout – 5.4 miles OUTSIDE again! After Wednesday’s less-than-great run and the whole week not feeling so good, I wanted to get in a confidence-boosting workout before the race on Saturday. I went for a run, outdoors, with 2 small hills and felt great. Finally – I was back!

Only downside – it’s now dark in the mornings thanks to Daylight Savings. But soon it will be light again!

pitch black after my runs

pitch black during my runs

Friday: On the schedule – REST.

Actual run – a super easy elliptical workout while reading Runner’s World. Barely a workout but just getting in some movement before my day.

My elliptical set up. Phone, check. Water, check. Magazine, check. TV, check.

My elliptical set up. Phone, check. Water, check. Magazine, check. TV, check.

Saturday: On the schedule – 5K RACE.

Actual run – 5 Mile Race – the St. Malachi Church Run. I PR’d, too! I somehow managed to run it in just about 41:16 – a time I never dreamed of. I ran with B for the first two miles and then felt like I was going to collapse so let made him go ahead. Still, I think him pushing me for that long helped with my time.

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Post-race with B and our medals!

Post-race with B and our medals!

Sunday: On the schedule – cross train or off.

Actual workout – 45 minutes on the elliptical at a super easy pace and level. I was seriously snoozing and should have worked harder but my legs were tired and a little tight from racing and decided to play it safe.

Later that afternoon, B and I got in a short walk.


Overall thoughts about the week: 

The good: The St. Malachi 5 miler not only got me outside (during the race and before the race during the week) but got some of my running confidence back. I know that the speed work is paying off and will continue to do it!

I’m loving the “warmer” weather. I can so run outside in 30 degrees as long as there is no ice, etc. and so far so good! Thank goodness – because it’s spring marathon (or half) training time!


The bad: I’m a little sore/tight after the 5 mile race and hoping that that’s just it – just soreness. I’m not typically sore after 5 miles but guess I was really pushing it?

I didn’t stick to the schedule this week minus the interval running day. I got in runs, but they weren’t what the schedule called for.

I was sick in the beginning of the week and it’s incredible to see how much some slight illness can make a difference in my running. Thankfully it was gone in a few days and 5 days later I was still able to race!


Questions for you:

  • Do you have any races coming up?
  • Are you back outside for running?
  • What happens when you’re sick – do you run? Stay in bed? Test it out?


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