Training for Summertime 5Ks (May 18-24)

Another week of training down. I changed my workouts a little this week, and it was a tough week of running even with fewer miles.

It’s still cool enough to run outside any time of day, but I’m experimenting with some classes at the gym to find fun ways to cross-train on the really hot afternoons when I can’t don’t want to run. With no key races coming up, summer is the perfect time to try a new workout. I also ran some mornings this week to adjust to waking up early.

Cross training and indoor workouts are cool, but I’m a runner who lives and still has to train in South Carolina. Dealing with the heat is life here.


This week, I ran 37 miles. I also did a spin class and a sunrise yoga class.

Monday: 60 minute spin class

Tuesday: 8.1 miles

Wednesday: 5.3 miles (speedwork) + 60 minute sunrise yoga

Thursday: 5.5 miles

Friday: No workout

Saturday: 7 miles, including the WAHS Dash Thru The Den 5K (21:30- short course)

Sunday: 11 miles + sports massage

I tried a spin class at the gym on Monday afternoon. It was my first time taking spin with that instructor and I really liked it. Plus, hot yoga meets after spin if I want some extra stretching.

I came out of spin class to a completely deflated flat tire. Fortunately, I was at the gym and the worker and another guy who parked near me and finished his workout got the spare/donut on so I could get home. Flat tires suck, but so many people asked if I was okay or offered to help which was really nice.  If you have to get a flat tire, the gym is the place for it to happen.

On Tuesday, I took my car to the tire shop, arriving 45 minutes early (I thought they opened at 7 AM not 7:30), so I ended up running 4 miles while waiting for them to open and then another 4 miles while they got the new tire on. I’ve spent over $600 on car repairs in less than a week, and while I’m going broke, at least I had a nice 8 miler to start the day.


On Wednesday, I did speedwork at the track and we ran 12×400. It was the hardest workout I’ve run in a long time, and I felt it that night. We had thunderstorms all day, and while the weather cleared up for speedwork, it was still very humid and this weird steam was coming up from the track. For what it’s worth, it was 77 degrees, 89% humidity.

Since I’m financially spent from car repairs, I didn’t go out for recovery beverages afterward. Once I got home, I drank a protein shake for my physically spent speedwork-ed muscles.


Saturday, I ran the Dash Thru The Den 5K, which was directed by the West Ashley High School DECA. DECA is a club that’s a little like Future Business Leaders of America, which I was in while in high school, and the students are raising money for a trip to the DECA convention in Nashville, Tenn.

The 5K was on the WAHS campus, about 4-5 miles from my house, and included track, trail, and roads. The students did an amazing job directing the race, promoting it registering runners and walkers, securing sponsors, acting as course marshals, cheering, and supporting the runners. Dash Thru The Den was a great first-year race for the West Ashley area.

On Sunday, I ran an 11 mile long run with OnShore Racing. It was a beautiful morning with low humidity and a nice breeze and my longest run since the May Day Half Marathon. I left the run and immediately went to my sports massage therapist (Side note: If you’re in Charleston and need a massage therapist, let me know and I’ll give you her name and number. Both Clay and I go to her and she works on runners from local elites to beginners and also Crossfitters). My massage was amazing and I will be returning in 3 weeks.


I don’t have any races coming up until June, so I plan to keep training hard and beating the heat as well as I can. Happy Memorial Day, and have a great week!

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9 Responses to Training for Summertime 5Ks (May 18-24)

  1. I also have no races until the June Landing series. I’ll still be training, but I too am trying to save a bit of money. If only race registrations fell from the sky.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      That’s the next one I’m planning to run too. It’s less than 2 weeks away so not like either of us have a long stretch without racing. Plus I’m glad it’s paid for since I signed up for the series, at least I don’t have to worry about paying each time.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I’ll have no races until mid-June, nice to take a little break as it heats up. So nice of someone to help you with your flat tire.

  3. My brother and I got a flat while we were teenagers on our way to meet our family camping. We stopped at a rest stop to fix it and a really nice older gentlemen helped us change it. I will never forget how kind and helpful he was! There are still some really nice people in the world!

    And smart idea to get a run in while waiting for your car to be fixed!

  4. lizlicorish says:

    Sounds like you had a great training week! That humid track workout must have been grueling but I’m sure it will pay off big time. Way to multitask running and car repairing. 🙂

  5. Farrah says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your car, but hooray for nice people in the world!

    Props to you for racing throughout the weekend! :O I still have yet to try out a spin class, but I hope to at some point! :]

  6. Pam says:

    That stinks you have had so many car issues but you were lucky it happened at a place where help was readily offered. It looks like you had a really good week of training. I am nursing a calf injury and with a race tomorrow night (5k) I just hope I can get through it. Then no races planned until August

  7. ugh car repair prices. we are having some work done on my husband’s car and i can only guess how much it’ll cost… but yes, i’m not racing until mid june either 🙂

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