99 Excuses, but a virtual 5k ain't one

Jul 29, 2014

The last time I trained properly for, and  ran a 5k (dressed as a super hero no less), I PR'd at 28:58.

(insert happy dance and pancakes)

 It's almost hard to fathom that was almost a year ago (I began running two years ago).  

Time flies. Slacking (whilst training) persists. 

Ok, its an epidemic, don't get too close.


Ever since the stress fracture that would never heal I've been too chicken to, afraid of, stalling for -- nothing. 

My leg is -- fine.  

My brain hasn't quite got the memo, and my rear had grown quite accustomed to couch surfing/snacking.

Honesty hurts. 

Plus my mom says I have a "flair for the dramatics." 


The struggle is real.

With 2014 speeding by and my first full marathon approaching, it is high time I get my shitake mushroom together and make (and fight like hell for) REAL goals. 

My race (times) record this year has been -- lackluster.

I have no one to blame but myself.

So, I signed up for a few races prior to 26.2 in order to get me ready: physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

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Enter (my first) Virtual 5k, the brilliant (link up) brain child of  Desiree + Jenny. You should totally join in too!

You can also follow along on Instagram, hashtag #DJV5K 

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Add in a wedding (weekend) to plan, another international trip, and you know life -- I've got my hands full.

Jesus take the wheel.

Like any good perfectionist, I got to work setting a game plan. 

Run 5/week (total)
Easy - 2

Cross Train 5-6/week + plank daily

WEEK 1: 31 Mi
MonJun 30Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:36
WedJul 2Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 10:09; Cool
ThuJul 3Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:36
SatJul 5Long RunDist: 12 Mi @11:36

WEEK 2: 32 Mi
MonJul 7Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:34
WedJul 9SpeedworkDist: 6 Mi, inc Warm; 3x1600 in 9:22 w/800 jogs; Cool
ThuJul 10Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:34
SatJul 12Long RunDist: 14 Mi @11:34

WEEK 3: 33 Mi
MonJul 14Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:31
WedJul 16Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 10:05; Cool
ThuJul 17Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:31
SatJul 19Long RunDist: 16 Mi @11:31

WEEK 4: 26 Mi
MonJul 21Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:29
WedJul 23Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:29
ThuJul 24Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:29
SatJul 26Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:29

WEEK 5: 35 Mi
MonJul 28Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:29
WedJul 30Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 10:03; Cool
ThuJul 31Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:29
SatAug 2Long RunDist: 18 Mi @11:29

WEEK 6: 36 Mi
MonAug 4Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:27
WedAug 6SpeedworkDist: 6 Mi, inc Warm; 3x1600 in 9:16 w/800 jogs; Cool
ThuAug 7Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:27
SatAug 9Long RunDist: 20 Mi @11:27

WEEK 7: 37 Mi
MonAug 11Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:25
WedAug 13Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 9:58; Cool
ThuAug 14Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:25
SatAug 16Long RunDist: 16 Mi @11:25

WEEK 8: 29 Mi
MonAug 18Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:23
WedAug 20Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:23
ThuAug 21Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:23
SatAug 23Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:23

WEEK 9: 38 Mi
MonAug 25Easy RunDist: 6 Mi @11:23
WedAug 27Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 9:56; Cool
ThuAug 28Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:23
SatAug 30Long RunDist: 20 Mi @11:23

WEEK 10: 40 Mi
MonSep 1Easy RunDist: 9 Mi @11:21
WedSep 3SpeedworkDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 4x1600 in 9:10 w/800 jogs; Cool
ThuSep 4Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:21
SatSep 6Long RunDist: 16 Mi @11:21

WEEK 11: 41 Mi
MonSep 8Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:19
WedSep 10Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 9:52; Cool
ThuSep 11Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:19
SatSep 13Long RunDist: 20 Mi @11:19

WEEK 12: 32 Mi
MonSep 15Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16
WedSep 17Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16
ThuSep 18Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16
SatSep 20Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16

WEEK 13: 42 Mi
MonSep 22Easy RunDist: 8 Mi @11:16
WedSep 24Tempo RunDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 5 Mi @ 9:50; Cool
ThuSep 25Easy RunDist: 7 Mi @11:16
SatSep 27Long RunDist: 20 Mi @11:16

WEEK 14: 23 Mi
MonSep 29Easy RunDist: 2 Mi @11:14
WedOct 1SpeedworkDist: 7 Mi, inc Warm; 4x1600 in 9:05 w/800 jogs; Cool
ThuOct 2Easy RunDist: 2 Mi @11:14
SatOct 4Long RunDist: 12 Mi @11:14

WEEK 15: 22 Mi
MonOct 6Easy RunDist: 5 Mi @11:13
WedOct 8Tempo RunDist: 5 Mi, inc Warm; 3 Mi @ 9:36; Cool
ThuOct 9Easy RunDist: 4 Mi @11:13
SatOct 11Long RunDist: 8 Mi @11:13

WEEK 16: 36 Mi
TueOct 14Easy RunDist: 3 Mi @11:13
WedOct 15SpeedworkDist: 4 Mi, inc Warm; 2x1600 in 9:03 w/800 jogs; Cool
FriOct 17Easy RunDist: 3 Mi @11:13
SunOct 19Marathon Race Day26.2 Mi @10:12 Time: 4:27:18
(training plan via Runner's World Smart Coach -- its FREE!!)

Easy enough, no? Granted I've got a super OCD version of all this in excel to track all my life via running/fitness/and shoe mileage, but no one wants to see all that drama.  If you do, email me and I'll send you a copy and declare you my best friend. 

Thankfully I now have a treadmill, "whom I absolutely adore!" so really I have the tools for success. Without leaving home and putting on clean clothes, which requires actually doing laundry.

I digress.

There is not one dang reason why I can't hit some goals. Hard.


5k: 28:00

13.1: (a) 2:15, (b) 2:20

26.2: Cross the finish line, upright, and smiling. 

Here's to happy dancing at the finish!

What are your race goals for (the remainder of) 2014?

Have you ever ran a full marathon? 

What's your favorite race distance?

More importantly, what is your favorite post race food? 

Email me

1 comment:

  1. Ooohwee! Love your training program! I've never seen or used Runner's World Smart Coach, but it looks like I need to check it out!
    Going to go ahead and answer all the questions :)
    Goals: Run another 1/2 before 2014 ends, all the while trying to PR (a 1:50, or 1:49 would just make me pee my pants)
    A full marathon is on my "life bucket list" and I'm currently living vicariously through you and your training. Get it lady!
    Favorite race distance? Tough one... But I think it's safe to say 1/2s.
    Post race food? Um, Brio cheesecake...

    I'd LOVE for you to link this up with our 5k training linkup!!


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