Need for Speed

I am working or, attempting to work on my speed. I want to run a faster 5k. In hish school, i ran the 100 meter dash, and was pretty darn good at it. I was 6th in state in our Class. Now, running 3.1 miles is a lot more than a 100 meters, but, it’s still the shortest distance other than the mile. really, and 5k’s are the most abundant, so I am trying to foucs on them for now.
I am approaching this with a long(er) run, an interval/tempo run, and a maintenence run each week. I am also cross training at least once a week, and strength training 1-2 times. The reason why I am only “scheduling” 3 runs a week is because I have learned I CANNOT put pressure on myself to run more than 3 times a week. If I do, and then i DON’T end up running 4 or more times, then I will beat myself up like crazy. So, I make myself do 3, which is managable, then anything else I do is above and beyond, and then that makes me feel really good about myself. It is all so mental for me, I can’t stress out over the amount of times I run. For instance, it’s Wednesday and I have already run twice, so I have 3 days to get in a run and cross training. That feels “doable” for me. Even in a week where I feel like someone is sitting on my head:
(yes yes those are my two sweet puppies, the little one sitting on the older one’s head.)

Been one of those weeks!!!
I just had a really hard windy 4 mile run, but I did it!
Ok I may do a little strength then cook dinner!
QOTD: How many times a week do you run?

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  1. I run twice a week right now because I need to switch my training to biking. (If the weather ever cooperates!) 🙂

  2. 3 runs a week is perfect for me. 2 days of short runs/speedwork and a long run on the weekend. It is the best way for me to prevent overuse injuries. I’ve been too busy to run even 3 days, though…ugh, and I have that 1/2 coming up.

    • you better get to training girl!

      yeah i have found three works well for me, too. although my “long” run right now is 5 miles haha. it is going to start getting too hot to run too far soon enough!