Best Damn Race Training Week 10: The Final Countdown

So I haven’t posted a training update all month…I’ll do a short recap of how it went here. I’ve just been super busy this month and have had a hard time posting regularly! First there was the week I spent at Disney for the full marathon expo, then it was back to work and trying to get back into the swing of things. My store has been one of the one’s training runners for the new Skyway 10k (if you live in West Coast Florida you’ve most likely heard of this race- it’s over one of the most famous bridges in Florida), so we’ve had training groups several nights out of the store. This means more time at work and less time at home. Whew! It’s been a busy month for me! Linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap!

Here’s how my month in training week (a brief recap):

January 1-7: Pretty much non-existent. This was expo week and I had a hard time getting any runs in. I did two runs this week, but didn’t really follow my training plan. Expo is exhausting.

Expo may be exhausting but this view was sure worth waking up at 4 am for!

January 8-14: Back to my training plan this week and I got some quality workouts in, including a speed session with 200m repeats and a tempo run. The highlight of my week though was running Davis Island with the MRTT group and managing to maintain a 10:30 pace for 8 miles without using run/walk! Running with them is making me faster!

January 15- 21: This was another good week in training, even though I ran less days. I ended up with 3 quality runs and then ended the week pacing part of the Clearwater Distance Classic- see my recap here. It was a really fun experience and gave me my first half marathon of the year. (I decided last minute that I was going to try to level up in Half Fanatics by running 6 half marathons in 6 months).

After race jumping shot!

Monday, January 22: Rest day. The half was quite a workout yesterday so I took today off.

Tuesday, January 23: Speedwork today- and the workout I love to hate, 800m repeats. These were 800m repeats at threshold pace, which for me is a 9:07. I was a little faster than that coming in at 8:58, 8:37, 8:34, 8:44, 8:50, 8:45, but it was a good workout!

Wednesday, January 24: No workout today. I relaxed in the morning and then worked the closing shift.

Thursday, January 25: I led the training group in their bridge workout today. I did part of it with them, managing to get in 2.8 miles myself. It’s kind of hard to get your own workout in when you’re trying to manage several different pace groups though, so I didn’t get to do too much.

Friday, January 26: Met up with some of the Tampa MRTT ladies for a late morning run at Flatwoods Park! It was really nice to get to go out at 10am in the morning. Taking advantage of the nice weather lately- it was 65 when we went out still. We did 4 miles (2×2 miles at a 9:17 pace for my workout). It felt pretty good! At some point we ended up running a little faster than we were shooting for, managing a sub 9 mile at one point. That’s a bit fast for me usually, but overall it was a good workout. And I taught the ladies how to use the Boomerang app and we had fun 🙂

Saturday, January 27: Decided to sleep in today instead of run. It felt nice to relax.

Sunday, January 28: According to several friends I need to take it easy this week since my goal race is Saturday. So I did 7 miles at an average pace of 11:00/mile for a relaxing run. It was a pretty good run, except a side stitch that I got around mile 5 that refused to fully go away for the remainder of the run. But I did start late and the sun and humidity usually causes the side stitches in me, so I can’t say it was abnormal.

This is the last week of training before my 10k goal race- I’m a little nervous. I haven’t raced a 10k since last spring, and I’ve haven’t raced one without Galloway style since 2014. I’ve been training though and I’ve been hitting the paces I need to in training so now it’s time to “trust the training!” It’s weird being nervous about a shorter race distance, but if your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough, right??

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10 thoughts on “Best Damn Race Training Week 10: The Final Countdown”

  1. I’ve heard about that Skyway race and I was so intrigued! I drive over the Skyway everytime I travel from Tampa to Anna Maria. That’s quite a climb!

    Good luck this weekend!

    1. It really is high! I’m kind of glad I’m not doing it lol. I’m ok with training people for it, but I’m not a fan of doing it myself.

    1. 800s are hard but they are effective for the middle distance races! I do enjoy half marathons because I feel like you can cruise more and they are overall less painful. Though I’ve never really “raced” a half.

  2. I agree, the shorter races make me nervous, too, if I have a goal time in mind. There isn’t the luxury of a few “extra miles” to make up time if your pace gets off in the early miles. You’ve been training well, though, and hitting your paces so you should have it in the bag. Good luck!!

    1. That’s probably what has me a bit nervous- I never really thought of that. If I get “off” pace in a half or full I do have some time to make it up. Anyway, I’m feeling better about it now! Thanks!

  3. I can’t even imagine how exhausting working the Disney expo must be. Just going to that expo is exhausting for me. 😉 I’m also enjoying running with a group of ladies right now. It seems to have me pushing my pace a bit as well. You are going to have a wonderful 10k race. Thanks for linking!

    1. Thank you Holly! It is exhausting to work the expo- thankfully I have a few more months until I have to do it again.

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