May certainly kicked off with the spring weather I’d been hoping for, and really gave me a taste of what I’m in for with the upcoming summer running season. It’s amazing how our bodies adapt to different environments without us even noticing. This 70 degree week made me feel like I was melting in the sun after the extended winter we had here in Michigan! Nevertheless, it still felt great to get out there and run in shorts for the last few weeks of this 25k training plan.
This past week was the first cutback week with lower mileage heading into the race. It’s truly hard to believe that the race takes place this weekend! After completing my last hard interval run on Tuesday, this week was pretty uneventful. Some lower mileage runs at an easy pace were all that was needed to begin tapering.
Here is how week 13 of 25k training played out.
25k Training Recap: Week 13
Monday, 4/30: 30 Minute of Recovery Yoga + 8 Minute Abs workout. This yoga routine has turned into a good luck charm that I am afraid to get rid of (knock on wood). While the routine is primarily focused on stretching as opposed to strength, it really helps force me to spend time recovering from long runs and sets me up for a successful week. After a few weeks without completing this abs workout, my core was certainly burning after just 8 minutes.
Tuesday, 5/1: 5 miles – 10 x 400s workout. It’s like something clicked and all of a sudden the weather turned to summer! It was nearly 80 degrees out and sunny when I left for my run and I could tell right away that it was going to be a struggle. Feeling the sun on my skin after nearly 6 months of cold, gloomy weather was quite the shock to my system. Even so, it felt nice to head outside in shorts and actually be too warm for once. I tried my best to push myself during the hard intervals, but they weren’t my fastest intervals of the training season. Oh well! The last hard workout of this 25k training plan is now complete.
Wednesday, 5/2: 30 minute strength workout. I was happy with how easy these moves felt this week and how little aches and pains I felt! Whenever I get injured I am always really aware of it in the beginning phases during strength workouts, so I’m taking the lack of pain as a very good sign (knock on wood). Overall this workout went quickly and felt pretty good!
Thursday, 5/3: 4 miles. It was storming most of the day on Thursday but there was a break in the rain midday so I decided to take advantage of it and complete my run. Of course once I’d been out there for about 5 minutes it started to rain and continued throughout my run. The temperature was warm though so it was a warm rain and I didn’t mind! These 4 miles went by very quickly and felt great.
Friday, 5/4: 30 minutes of cross training. I completed the IronStrength workout from the new DVD after a long break from these types of workouts. At points the workout felt ridiculously hard, while at others it felt super easy. It was really hot in our house since we hadn’t turned on our AC yet, so I definitely worked up a sweat. I was pleased that none of these moves left me feeling too sore!
Saturday, 5/5: 6 miles. It sure was nice to sleep in a little and have a short run on the agenda! This 6 mile run went by super quickly and overall felt really easy. The weather was perfect for running and I’m certainly hoping it sticks around for the race next weekend! This was a great run too.
Sunday, 5/6: Rest!
And with that, there are officially just 5 days until race day. Taper time always brings a mix of different emotions – excitement and nerves, combined with the anxiety of running low mileage all the while knowing your highest mileage run is to come. It’s race week!
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Previous 25k Training Recaps:
- 25k Training Recap: Week 12
- 25k Training Recap: Week 11
- 25k Training Recap: Week 10
- 25k Training Recap: Week 9
- 25k Training Recap: Week 8
- 25k Training Recap: Week 7
- 25k Training Recap: Week 6
- 25k Training Recap: Week 5
- 25k Training Recap: Week 4
- 25k Training Recap: Week 3
- 25k Training Recap: Week 2
- 25k Training Recap: Week 1