January 28 to February 3, 2018

Total miles run, Week 5: 21.8 miles

Week 5 was a big one! I’d been feeling fantastic and planning to push my long run out to an hour. With that in mind, I started the week continuing to run 30 to 45-minute efforts at about 10:00/mile pace. On Thursday, I felt especially good during the 35-minute run and had a serious hankering to stretch out my stride. I did 5 x 60/60 intervals* at 8:00/mile pace in the middle of the run. It felt WONDERFUL and, for the first time, I really embraced the possibility of not only coming back to running but running well.

After a rest day following that workout, I was scheduled to run 1 hour for Saturday’s long run, but – again – felt really good and continued to run for a total of 7 miles and 1:10:00.

I also had a Saturday morning weigh-in at 180.0, which is good for an 11-pound loss since January 1. Hurray! Not only am I feeling good, but I’m also seeing a difference in the way my body looks. That isn’t why I’m on this journey, but it’s certainly nice positive feedback and validation.

*A 60/60 interval is a 60-second interval effort followed by a 60-second recovery. In this case, that cycle was repeated 5 times.

Sunday, January 28, 2018:

Base mileage run
3.1 miles in 30:00

Monday, January 29, 2018:

Cross Training day
30:00 spin in Zone 2

Tuesday, January 30, 2018:

Base mileage run
3.5 miles in 35:00

Wednesday, January 31, 2018:

Base mileage run
4.6 miles in 45:00

Thursday, February 1, 2018:

Base mileage run with 5 x 60/60 intervals at 8:00/mile
3.6 miles in 35:00

Friday, February 2, 2018:

Rest day

Saturday, February 3, 2018:

Base mileage long run
7 miles in 1:10:00