Month in Review – May: Endurance Building and Speed Training
The month of May meant endurance and speed training. As I look back, it swung by so fast that it felt like it disappeared in a blink of an eye. But as fast-paced as it came and went, I am glad that the progress that I made was not insignificant – laying down another layer of solid foundation called endurance. And the cool temperature helped in a great deal.
|Week Countdown||Week||Mon||Tue||Wed||Thur||Fri||Sat||Sun||Total Amount|
|Week 4||4/27 – 5/3||Rest||5||3||6||6||3||6||29|
|Fartlek (5 miles)|
|Elev Gain||65 ft||56 ft||174 ft||174 ft||53 ft||187 ft|
|Week 5||5/4 – 5/10||Rest||1.25||4||6||6||3||14||34.25|
|6x 440s 5K pace|
|Elev Gain||53 ft||57 ft||158 ft||154 ft||68 ft||275 ft|
|Week 6||5/11 – 5/17||Rest||1.7||4||7||7||4||8||31.7|
|4-5 Long Hills at 5K-10K pace.|
|Elev Gain||73 ft||59 ft||185 ft||174 ft||206 ft|
|Week 7||5/18 – 5/24||Rest||3||4||7||7||3||16||40|
|3 x Mile at 5K-10K pace|
|Elev Gain||31 ft||71 ft||194 ft||179 ft||58 ft||238 ft|
|Week 8||5/25 – 5/31||Rest||3||5||7||7||4||9||35|
|6 x 880s at 5K-10K pace|
|Elev Gain||53 ft||181 ft||168 ft||224 ft|
The month of May was all about endurance building and speed training.
In terms of endurance building, I mostly kept up with daily mileage. Because, to build endurance, there’s nothing better than to run more.
One thing that I gradually shifted away from though was M pace. Especially, as the mileage of bi-weekly long runs started increasing, I decided to slow down a little bit and started to learn pacing myself at E pace for longer distances.
I do not want to tire myself out in the middle of the race. And right before starting out, I constantly remind myself that marathon is not a 10K run. Endurance is the key.
As far as speed training goes, combined with hill running, Fartlek and interval training became an integral part of the training.
As much as I strongly believe that they are for the better, I gotta admit though that they are not easy for me yet. 6 hills x 220 yards at 5K or 10K is strenuous enough, pushing beyond your lactate threshold.
A small milestone to celebrate happened.
A few days ago I crossed the halfway mark on this year’s goal (1,100 miles) of mine. As of today, it stands at 564 miles, which is 51% of the total distance.
At the end of last month it was 411 out of 1,100 miles, which meant 37% of the total distance, and thanks to an increase of 153.33 miles in the month of May alone, I was able to run over 500 miles in 5 months.
During this time, I retired my old Asics Kayano 21 and adopted a new pair. Although I tried on a couple of different models and a brand, nothing fit as comfortably as the Kayano 21 did. Hence, another Kayano 21.
It worked before and is still working, so no particular reason to ditch it. This time though I picked out a fancy lime/blue for a change.
The month of May was well spent for endurance building and speed training. Proud of 153.33 miles that I accumulated. But it is just part of making the dream come true.
For the month of June alone, there will be 165 plus miles to rack up. It’ll be interesting to look back and see how much progress I will have made in the next 30 days.
How was the month of May? Did you run as many miles as you wanted? Was it productive? What is your plan for the month of June? Do you have marathons to run in June?
Thanks for reading.