25k Training Recap: Week 7

Well, here we are again as another week of 25k training wraps up. I had to double check myself when I wrote this post to make sure it actually was the end of week 7 on my 25k training plan already. Time sure has a way of moving even faster than normal when you are training for something!

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Spring is making a slow arrival with the weather this year, but at least the sunshine hasn’t forgotten about us. I am loving all the extra sunlight lately and soaking it up during my runs! The end of this week marks the halfway point in the training plan. Things are starting to get real now and I am finding myself more and more excited to run this race on my birthday!

Here is how week 7 of 25k training looked this past week.

25k Training Recap: Week 7

Monday, 3/19: Recovery Yoga sequence from Runner’s World + 2 mile walk. I really believe that this yoga routine is responsible for a lot of my success thus far in my 25k training plan. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Well, that’s exactly what I intend to do here! 30 minutes of recovery yoga complete.

25k Training, Week 7 Recap: 400 meter intervals, speed workouts, long runs, ab workouts, arm workouts, strength workouts, and yoga for runners

Tuesday, 3/20: 3.75 miles – 7 x 400s. This interval run was much more successful than the last 400s workout I completed. My goal for this workout was to end up with negative splits, and I was so happy to see that I accomplished this. I try to avoid obsessing over my watch during these interval runs and run primarily based on feel. This can make accomplishing negative splits a little tricky, but it ended up working pretty well for this workout. It feels great to be pushing myself to new-to-me speeds!

25k Training, Week 7 Recap: 400 meter intervals, speed workouts, long runs, ab workouts, arm workouts, strength workouts, and yoga for runners

Wednesday, 3/21: Strength workout + 8 minute abs. I completed my regular Strength Workout for Runners and plan to continue this once a week until race day. Another usual strength workout completed. Since I complete the same strength moves each week, it’s always interesting to me to see how different my body can feel from one week to the next. All of my hot spots from last week were gone this week, but my hips were feeling especially weak today. I know what I’ll be focusing on during my runs now!

25k Training, Week 7 Recap: 400 meter intervals, speed workouts, long runs, ab workouts, arm workouts, strength workouts, and yoga for runners

Thursday, 3/22: 5 miles. This was probably the best mid-week run I’ve had yet of this 25k training plan. It was much warmer than I expected outside which was a huge bonus, plus there were blue skies and no wind! I felt like I was floating almost this entire run. It took me a little bit to find the motivation to get out there, but once I did I sure was glad. This was a great run!

25k Training, Week 7 Recap: 400 meter intervals, speed workouts, long runs, ab workouts, arm workouts, strength workouts, and yoga for runners

Friday, 3/23: Cross training – 15 minute abs workout + 15 minute dumbbell arms workout + 2 mile walk. This abs workout really tired me out right away! It’s been quite a while since I last completed this workout and boy could I tell. My abs were burning after the very first move and I could tell that a lot of my core strength has decreased. It felt great to really get in some ab strengthening moves, and I could definitely feel it the next day. The arm workout was a quick one but got the job done!

25k Training, Week 7 Recap: 400 meter intervals, speed workouts, long runs, ab workouts, arm workouts, strength workouts, and yoga for runners

Saturday, 3/24: 10 mile run. This was another great run! I don’t know what’s in the water during this 25k training season, but I’m definitely not complaining. After an amazing 10 miler just two weeks ago, I didn’t think my long runs could get any better – until this week. This run flew by in the best way, I didn’t feel a single ache at any spot in my body for the duration of the 10 miles, and I felt like I could keep running when the 10 miles were over. The weather felt a little chilly in the beginning but it turned out to be a great temperature once we got going. It was super windy outside, but thankfully we only felt the wind for less than half a mile! I sure hope the long runs continue to be this great!

Sunday, 3/25: Rest!

This was another solid week of 25k training. I’m not sure what I’m doing differently this time, but things really seem to be clicking into place. I think that eating healthier and giving up sweets for the past month may have something to do with the feeling of ease on my runs lately, but I can never be too sure. Whatever the reason, I am loving it. I’m excited to increase mileage again next week!

Have a great Monday!


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