Training for Summertime 5Ks (May 25-31)

After running 5 races in May (May Day Half Marathon, Race the Landing #1, Sonoco Birthday Dash, Race the Landing #2, and Dash thru the Den 5K), I took this week off from #Team5K to focus on training miles.

I had a great week of training and even got some strength training in. Since it’s getting warm, all my runs were during the morning except for my Wednesday speed workout.


This week, I ran 44 miles. I also did a BodyPump class and a sunrise yoga class.

Monday: 7.3 miles

Tuesday: 5.25 miles + BodyPump

Wednesday: 6.5 miles (track workout) + sunrise yoga

Thursday: No workout

Friday: 7.1 miles

Saturday: 7.1 miles

Sunday: 11 miles

I headed back to BodyPump on Tuesday for the first time since March. BodyPump is one of my favorite workouts and I miss going to class consistently. Truthfully, I could still go twice a week, but my gym changed instructors and I found myself leaving BodyPump annoyed and not having fun- that’s no way to end any workout.

A different instructor teaches on Tuesday and I enjoyed her class, even if I couldn’t lift as heavy and poured sweat after the squat track. BodyPump is a Les Mills class so the format is the same regardless of which gym you go to and who teaches, but the instructor’s attitude and ques “make” the class.


On Wednesday, we ran 6 x 800 repeats with a 400 recovery jog between each one. Never underestimate how “active recovery” changes the feel of a track workout. It was one of the hardest speed workouts I’ve done in a while. I feel like I say this every single week, but every single week, it kicks my tail even more. I think it is already paying off, but the real test will be this Fall when the temperatures cool down.

I volunteered at the Thirsty Thursday 5K on Daniel Island by course marshaling and working a water stop. If you can’t or don’t want to race, volunteering is a great way to give back, and I felt very appreciated. Almost 200 runners came out for the 5K, which is on a beautiful gravel trail and offers finisher’s medals as well as a fun after party at a restaurant called Agave’s (We hung out way late!). The next Thirsty Thursday is June 25 and I plan to volunteer then too.


Sunday, I ran my usual long run with the OnShore Sunday Run Group. I showed up at 8:30 to log 3 miles (laps around Hampton Park) before we ran the 8 mile route. The temperature was in the 80s but we had a nice breeze and the sun wasn’t too bad.

I’m finally getting acclimated to the heat and excited to run through the summer since I was injured most of last summer. Long runs are the best way to spend Sunday morning.

May 2014: 59 miles. May 2015: 186 miles.

What a difference a year makes.

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4 Responses to Training for Summertime 5Ks (May 25-31)

  1. lizlicorish says:

    That is great you volunteered for a race! I think the only people more awesome than the racers themselves are the volunteers. And holy moly that is an awesome increase in milage from May 2014 to 2015; way to go!

  2. Wow you are crushing last year Amy!

  3. WOW!!! What an impressive increase in one year. You go girl!

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