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April #5bythe5th Virtual Race

I’m sure that all of you have ran a race just for fun and not for time or a personal best.

That’s what happened for me this week when I went out to run my 5 by the 5th virtual race. It’s the 3rd in the series from Laura over at Mommy Run Fast and we have one left to go in May. It was hard for me to fit a fast 5k into my training plan for the week so I just decided to run this one for fun during my ‘easy’ running day on Friday.

We were traveling and staying with Nana and Papa so I was able to run out in the country on the gravel roads. I set out in the morning in the chilly air. I had packed to run in 42 degree weather but it ‘felt like’ 18. I thought I would be freezing in my light jacket and capris but it ended up o.k.

 

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The wind was at my back on the way out to the cows. I succeeded in scaring them all (not that I was trying at all!). They were right up at the fence when I first started approaching but quickly ran away.

I turned around and the cold air made the second half of my run a little more challenging.Overall, it ended up being a great run. I love the peacefulness of the country. The roosters were crowing and some fields had been burnt recently so the smell was strong.

 

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It’s just a completely different environment than I usually run in and the variety is very motivating.

My initial goal when starting this 5 by the 5th series was to run each race a little faster. But ultimately my goal race at the beginning of May is much more important to me so this will have to do for this month.

 

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Evidently, Friday was also my 7 year anniversary with Nike+!

 

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I remember when I bought my first ipod and had the shoe pod to help track my runs. It seems like much longer than 7 years ago in some ways and yet at the same time not very long ago at all.

Want more 5 by the 5th? Read my February and March recaps.

And now on to the rest of my training from last week. I just finished up week 9 of the Train Like a Mother Own It Plan.

 

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Weekly Workouts

Monday: 3 miles (9:26 pace) + 15 minutes of Yoga

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday: 3.11 miles (9:36 pace)

Saturday: 15.02 miles (10:00 pace)

Sunday: Rest Day

 

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Last week was a bad training week. I only ran 3 days out of the 5 typical days that I run AND I skipped both my speed work sessions. I have a ton of excuses but I’m just calling it a bad week and moving on. This week will be better!

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 21.13

Weekly Average Pace: 9:51

March Running Miles: 131.52

April Running Miles: 18.13

2014 Running Miles: 328.70

2014 Running Kilometers: 529.12

 

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Is anyone else participating in the 5 by the 5th race series? How was your April race? How do you deal with bad training weeks? 

 

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100+ Miles in March

 

I set out in March with the goal of completing 100 running miles. All the miles were specifically in my training plan but when I saw that FitFluential was holding a #ffmarchmiles challenge to run 100 miles I had to play along. I thought it would be fun to officially keep track after each run instead of weekly like I normally do.

 

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To join in on the challenge, I posted all of my workouts on Instagram and posted how far along I was in my mileage. I hit 100 early this week and kept running to hit 128.52 miles for the month so far. I have a few more miles to log today to cap off the month.

It’s my highest mileage month in awhile and it feels good. I like the longer 5 and 6 mile runs during the week and I also am enjoying that only 1 or maybe 2 runs a week are around 3 miles.

My long run this past weekend was 13 miles. It worked out better for my family to run in the afternoon on Saturday instead of in the morning. I put Little A down for her nap and I headed out while my husband stayed home with the littles. It was a beautiful spring afternoon. The temps were in the mid 60’s and the wind was manageable. It should have been a perfect run.

 

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I was seriously lacking energy even before starting this run, which didn’t help things. My long run goal range is between 9:30 and 10:50 (according to the McMillan Running Calculator) but I would really like to keep it closer to the 9:30 side. I finished this run with a 10:09 average pace (with a strong finish) but most of the run I was hanging on to a 10:17 pace.

That 10:17 pace felt so hard and it just makes me doubt that I can finish my upcoming half with a 9:05 pace. I’m counting on the fact that this was just a difficult training run and the adrenaline of running in a race will help me achieve what I have been working towards.

 

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Weekly Workouts

Monday: 3.1 miles (9:22 pace)

Tuesday: 6 miles (8:56 pace)

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5 miles (9:00 pace)

Friday: 3.1 miles (9:26 pace) + 15 minutes NTC Arm Definer

Saturday: 13.25 miles (10:09 pace)

Sunday: Spin Bike 30 minutes + 15 minutes NTC Ab Burner

 

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Mileage for Saturday is off this week. I actually ran 13.25 miles but my GPS stopped at 12.87 for some strange reason.

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 30.45

March Running Miles: 128.52

2014 Running Miles: 307.65

2014 Running Kilometers: 495.11

 

#Bestfoot LinkUp | A Mother's Pace

 

How do you get past a mentally tough training run? How do you move past a difficult run?

 

 

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