Training Tuesday: First Real Post-Baby 5K Race

Happy happy Tuesday. I have a busy and LONG day ahead of me, including a meeting for work that will likely go ’till 6 and then an event at Playhouse Square. In the meantime, however, here are some training highlights from my week.

I’m training for the Cleveland half marathon in May, and my training “officially” started this week! I decided I think I’m going to do Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 2 training schedule. I did it a few years ago for the Cleveland half and though I’m not in nearly as good shape as I was at that time, I want to try to incorporate some speed work into my runs.

So, this week included: 25 total miles. Exactly. Which, if you know me, is kind of a big deal – I almost always have strange uneven numbers!

Sunday: 5.4 miles. I didn’t start training until later in the week and wanted to get in some good miles to kick off the week. I did 5.1 miles and then a cool down.


Monday: 4 treadmill miles. 20170221_063223

Tuesday: 4.75 treadmill miles.

Wednesday: Speed work! 4x400s on the treadmill. I warmed up and cooled down and ended up with 4 total miles. You see the 2 pennies on the floor? That’s how I keep track of intervals.20170222_063150

Thursday: 3.75 miles. 3 on the training plan, but I had to get in a little more with a cool down.

Friday: rest day!

Saturday: Chili Bowl 5k. I signed up somewhat last minute and am glad I did. I hadn’t raced a 5k since before FW was born, and it felt good (and hard!). I ended up finishing at 25:00.88. Can you believe it?! I was so close to under 25. So close!


And that was it! I ended up at 25 miles for the week. Another week at 20+!

Questions for you:

  • What’s your next race?
  • Do you try to run even miles or decimals?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

9 thoughts on “Training Tuesday: First Real Post-Baby 5K Race

  1. Congrats on a strong race! Many women come back speedier than ever after having kids. The start of a training cycle (especially a marathon one) is always so exciting. All the best with this one!

  2. Wonderful job! You had a great week! I like the penny idea…I’ve noticed I’ve started to lose count on some of my intervals, lol!

  3. Congrats on your 5k! Looks like a great start to training. My husband is training for the Cleveland marathon. I may do the half, but haven’t committed yet!

  4. Great job on your 5K time and I like your idea of the pennies on the floor fir the intervals. You are doing so awesome!

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