25k Training Recap: Week 8

25k Training - Week 8: illness, yoga, tempo run, speed work, 5 miles, strength workouts.

Here we are at the start of a new week again, wrapping up week 8 of 25k training. I expected this week to be my highest mileage yet, continuing to increase my long run mileage and reach a new longest distance since the New York City Marathon. Well – it turns out life had other things in store for me.

On Wednesday I started to get a little cough, which was more irritating than anything. On Thursday morning I woke up and felt like I was coming down with a cold. I decided to still get outside for my scheduled run, in hopes that the fresh air and exercise would help my body get rid of this cold quickly. I woke up feeling about the same on Friday, and felt better the more I moved around during the day, but still knew something was off. I skipped my cross training for the day in hopes that the extra rest would be just what my body needed to recover.

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Saturday morning started out with a bang, as I woke up with a 102 degree fever. I had originally planned to run my scheduled 12 mile long run, but knew this wouldn’t be happening once I tried to get out of the bed. I spent the day feeling miserable. I haven’t been this sick in a while, and the timing is truly a bummer because today is the first day of our spring break. I certainly hope this goes away soon!

Well, after all that rambling, here is how week 8 of 25k training looked.

25k Training Recap: Week 8

Monday, 3/26: Recovery Yoga sequence from Runner’s World. Still loving this yoga routine. My calves were especially tight this week so it was really nice to spend some time stretching them out. I think this day of yoga each week has really been helping my running.

25k Training - Week 8: illness, yoga, tempo run, speed work, 5 miles, strength workouts.

Tuesday, 3/27: 40 minute tempo run – 4.35 miles. This was a really successful run! My goal was to finish with negative splits and that worked out really well. I’m happy with how “faster” paces (for me) are starting to feel easier to maintain. It started to rain about halfway through this run and I ended up getting soaked, but that made it even more satisfying.

25k Training - Week 8: illness, yoga, tempo run, speed work, 5 miles, strength workouts.

Wednesday, 3/28: Strength workout + 8 minute abs. I completed my regular Strength Workout for Runners and plan to continue this once a week until race day. My hips felt especially weak this week so I focused a little more on them than usual.

25k Training - Week 8: illness, yoga, tempo run, speed work, 5 miles, strength workouts.



Thursday, 3/29: 5 miles. I woke up feeling like I had a little bit of a cold, so I debated shortening or skipping my scheduled run but ended up completing the whole thing. As soon as I started I could tell this was going to be a rough run. Breathing was tough and overall I just flt really sluggish. I think I jinxed myself by starting on a new post about how running has felt so awesome these past two months. Oops! 😉

25k Training - Week 8: illness, yoga, tempo run, speed work, 5 miles, strength workouts.

Friday, 3/30: Rest. Skipped my cross training workout because my cold was still around and I hoped that extra rest would get rid of it quickly.

Saturday, 3/31: Rest. I hoped that I would be able to take one extra rest day and then get back at it but that certainly wasn’t the case. A 102 degree fever kept me on the couch for most of the day. Fingers crossed that this passes quickly and training can resume next week.

Sunday, 4/1: Rest!

This was a pretty lame week in terms of training, but that seems to be what always happens. Just when things are going really well life manages to get in the way. I know that missing 12 miles 6 weeks before race day isn’t the end of the world so I’m crossing it off my training plan and not looking back. We’ll see what next week brings!

Have a great Monday!


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