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I don’t have a single negative thing to say about this week. It was a cutback week so I reduced my weekly mileage by about 20% and reduced the intensity by eliminating the tempo miles from my long run. The only run where I experienced heavy legs was the day after my key workout, which is to be expected. I’m not sure if this was solely because of the mileage reduction or if adding a second rest day to the week added to the ease I felt while running. I’m going to experiment with adding an extra rest day in week 6, but resuming my weekly mileage of 35-40 miles.
Distance: 5.75 miles
Pace: 1.33 @ 10:11, 4 x 4:00 @ 6:43 [3:00 recovery], 1.1 @ 9:33
Comments: I remember doing this workout last year. It was exhausting. I thought I might die. My splits were very positive. This was the polar opposite. The pace felt challenging, but manageable. My splits were almost perfect (6:43, 6:44, 6:43, 6:42 pace).
Distance: 5.09 miles
Comments: I knew my legs were going to be tired so my only goal was to keep it as easy as possible.
Distance: 5.07 miles
Comments: I told Kendall I would be gone for about an hour. If it were up to me I would have just kept running all night. This run felt amazing!
Distance: 10.01 miles
Comments: It was snowing and cold. I started my run thinking just make it to 4 miles. Four became six, which suddenly became eight. And at that point I figured why not an even 10 miles. I can not believe how great my legs have felt this week!
Distance: 3.38 miles
Comments: Just a quick shake out run.