Hillsborough Half Training: Week 5

Total weekly mileage

Planned: 22
Actual: 22.3

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This was the perfect running week: Two chill easy runs with my dog; one fast run, one long run. But this week things got tough. The first stage of training, when it's easy to be motivated and excited about each week, is definitely over. Now the hard work starts.

This week's workout: 7x400 @ 5k pace

This plan has so many 400m repeats! They are super fun AND I found the perfect spot to do them. I warm up on the way from my house to a park, then use the park as my starting spot for the repeats. There's a water fountain there so every other repeat I drink water, without having to carry it on me. These felt so much easier than the last time I did 400s: 1:54, 1:57, 1:51, 1:53, 1:48, 1:49, 1:50 (pace range 7:12 - 7:50)



Long run: 11 miles

I did some shuffling to get my long run out of the way on Saturday night. Poor planning (or just having no time HA) struck again: I dug up one lemon-lime Gu from like 2 years ago and took it about 45 minutes in. It was so foul; it was definitely expired.

I took a hilly route and finished in exactly 1:50, a 10:00 pace, a nice chill two hours.


  • Buy some more damned gels!