Weekly Workouts: Virtual 10K

Weekly Workouts: Virtual 10K

Without an actual race for months, now seems like the best time to try something new with my running. Last week I added in a sixth day of running. This week, I moved my rest day to Monday, which is typically my busiest work day. 

I ran 33 miles last week, which felt good. The intensity was higher than I plan for the next few weeks, since I ran a virtual 10k on what would have been the day of my first postpartum race. 

Weekly Workouts: Virtual 10K

Monday: Rest day

I actually liked having Monday as a rest day. We went on a walk for fresh air. Without a structured workout, I was able to complete my coaching feedback and spent plenty of time with Isla.

Tuesday: 7.3 mile stroller run

Thankfully, our little city in Northwest Indiana is not crowded and we have wide pathways, so I can take Isla on stroller runs. (Ryan is still working from the office, since his type of engineering is considered essential.) I need the fresh air and outdoor runs, especially with all the anxiety of the pandemic. 

We only passed a few people, most of whom provided plenty of distance – except for two female walkers who refused to walk single file. I almost ran the stroller off the path so that one of them wouldn’t brush against it. Even if it were not in the time of the pandemic, such inability to share the path – especially with a stroller! – is just rude. I see these women every time I run, so my plan is to run earlier and hopefully avoid them. 

Wednesday: 5 mile treadmill run & strength training

We had to be at the pediatrician early for Isla’s six month wellness exam, so this run happened early on the treadmill. 

Weekly Workouts: Virtual 10K

I completed strength exercises from the 10th week of the ReCore2 program. I notice my core strength building up! 

Thursday: One hour (6.6 mile) treadmill run

Hour-long easy runs are so enjoyable. I picked an iFit course with gently rolling hills and mountain scenery and listened to a podcast. I need runs like this right now. 

Friday: 3 mile stroller run

I kept my effort restrained on this run, so that my legs would feel rested for Saturday’s virtual 10K (or as rested as possible off of a normal training week!). 

Saturday: 47:25 10k (8 miles total)

The weather on Saturday morning was not conducive to running: a steady 11 mph wind and a drizzle of cold rain. But I would have been racing in these conditions anyway, so I carried on with my 10K as planned. Plus, not many people were out in bad weather, which simplified social distancing. 

For my warm-up, I ran to a paved 3/4 mile loop so I could run without interruptions. I was worried about burning out, so I started at a moderately hard effort. The wind made it tough for three out of four directions of the loop, as even the crosswind required extra effort. While my effort increased throughout, I never dipped into the well – I kept this around 95% effort. I finished in 47:28, with splits ranging from 7:34-7:41/mile.

Weekly Workouts: Virtual 10K

I felt really proud of that effort! It was over a minute faster than the 10K I ran at 16 weeks pregnant last year (and in worse weather), even if it was minutes off of my PR of 43:52. 

I really enjoyed running a 10K like this. It was a good fitness assessment without being too tiring. I’m doing another virtual race in May for my athletes and I think I will do the 10K again to see progress!

Sunday: 3.1 mile stroller run

Ryan and I took Isla out in the stroller for a family recovery run. The weather was beautiful, and we got out early enough to avoid people. 

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8 Responses

  1. That’s an amazing finish time for a 10k! You should be so proud of yourself for that. I’ve considered adding another running day back in–but I only run 3 days per week, so adding a 4th (which I used to do) shouldn’t be too much of an increase for me. I’m really finding that running is exactly what I need right now. I’m so grateful for it, even though I’m worried about the lack of social distancing on the trails. Especially by the cyclists.

  2. Ha ha, I don’t live in Indiana but I had something of an issue with 2 women walking side by side on the trail where I ran my virtual 10k this weekend. I looped past them about 4 times and not once did they budge. I feel like 99.9 out of 100 people get it and these two were a memorable exception. I never expected to like virtual racing so much but now I am hooked, it’s a unique challenge. While the virtual half that I’m doing in a few weeks will probably be a one time thing, I can see doing many more 5ks and 10ks. Congrats on your race against the wind!

  3. ‘Wow that is quite a speedy pace for your 10K!! Nice job out there. Running and workouts really are my sanity right now too. Have a healthy week ahead and thanks for linking up

  4. Wonderful job on that 10k! You are really rocking this!

    I’m participating in a few virtual events, but it’s more to keep my mind happy – I’m not quite running yet, so I can’t really push it like I normally would 🙁

  5. Wow, those gals on the path…seriously??? Did they not realize it would have been easier for THEM to move instead of you and the stroller? I’m just amazed at the rudeness that is still out there, at a time when we all should be unified in supporting each other. Anyways, great job on that 10K! Since there are so many virtual races at play, I’m doing a 5K (with a warm-up/cool-down) as my Monday run for awhile…same route, so I’m hoping to increase my speed a little each week. Ha! We’ll see how these best-laid plans play out LOL

  6. Wow, those gals on the path…seriously??? Did they not realize it would have been easier for THEM to move instead of you and the stroller? I’m just amazed at the rudeness that is still out there, at a time when we all should be unified in supporting each other. Anyways, great job on that 10K! Since there are so many virtual races at play, I’m doing a 5K (with a warm-up/cool-down) as my Monday run for awhile…same route, so I’m hoping to increase my speed a little each week. Ha! We’ll see how these best-laid plans play out LOL

  7. Congrats on your 10k! It really is a fun distance for a virtual race. Sorry about those women on the path! Shouldn’t they have been social distancing from each other anyway? It’s so frustrating when people are inconsiderate.

  8. Great job on the 10K! Speedy! Some people in the park hop off the trail like I actually have COVID19, and others just move aside a little. I think overall everyone I encounter is getting the point, but wow, soooooooo many people out and about. They are just coming out of the woodwork. I wonder how many will continue to get out and enjoy the fresh air and nature after all of this passes. I hope a lot do, for their health!

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