friday facts & weekly recap


I busted through over FIVE miles for the first time since my tonsillectomy and for the second time ever. Oh. Em. Gee. I have to admit breaking that barrier kind of seemed out of reach, so I was kind of giddy when I saw that big number five.


Since I started recording my mileage on DailyMile in February, I have logged over 300 miles. It’s only going to increase from here.


I started with interval training this week, and for the first time in a long time, I achieved negative splits on a workout.


This girl is one happy camper. A red and sweaty camper, but so happy.


So how did I do this week? Pretty good, if I do say so myself.

  • Sunday: rest day
  • Monday: 3.16 mile run, 40.2 second plank
  • Tuesday: rest day
  • Wednesday: 4.10 mile run, 47.7 second plank
  • Thursday: rest day
  • Friday: 5.59 mile run, 37.4 second plank

On Monday, I started incorporating intervals into my training. My plan was to continue following along with the 5-10k training plan as far as times and distances, but to incorporate my own twist. I do the five minute warm ups as prescribed, and then I run for about 10 to 10 and a half minutes. About a mile. After that, I switch to intervals where I walk for a minute and run for two and a half. I based this on the Galloway magic mile formula, with a little adjustment for the current humidity conditions.

It’s working out great. For one, it gave me a chance to rest the little strain I have going on under my ribs. Secondly, I felt wonderful. The minute walk breaks helped immensely with my breathing. And for the first time since coming back from my surgery, I saw my running speeds drop to sub 10 numbers. I’m trying not to focus on the speed, but it’s nice to know that I’m getting some back. And I will confess, even though I did score negative splits today, it was hard seeing 11s and 12s as the pace numbers, but it’s going to get better and I’m going to get those speeds down.

I’ve been worried about being prepared for Tower of Terror, but today, I feel like it’s really in my grasp. My confidence is growing with every step and I’m finally letting myself feel really excited about it.

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How did your training go this week?

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20 Responses to friday facts & weekly recap

  1. Congrats girl! I’m glad the intervals are working out well for you!!!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Thank you. I really like how I’ve been feeling this week. I don’t know if this will be a permanent thing, but it will be good at least until the humidity dies down or until my sinus and throat issues are under control.

  2. COngrats on your mileage!!! Over 5 is great!
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  3. Meghan says:

    That sounds awesome! I always have a problem with intervals – what are you using to tell you when to go/stop? I spend too much time looking at my watch…

    • runswithpugs says:

      It was so great. I started using SecondsPro on my iPhone this week, per a suggestion from @dizneerunner on Twitter. I will be upgrading to the full version, because I really like how it works. You can set your warm up, your cool down, your high and low intensity intervals and how many times you want it to repeat. It gives you a series of three vibrations when it’s time for you to switch and it’s worked flawlessly with my music, RunKeeper and 5-10K apps. Plus, I’m not carrying an extra piece of equipment.

  4. Mer says:

    Rock on with the five miles!!! Glad you’re having a great training week – it’s always good for the ego, isn’t it?
    Vic from Scoot is going to be at Tower of Terror!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it. I wish I could be there but I’ll be down in November for Wine and Dine.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Thank you! It is great for the ego! I’m super excited for ToT! I am saving Wine & Dine for next year. I will have to get in touch with Vic – it would be nice to say hello!

  5. Diana says:

    Yay! So nice to see that you’re enjoying yourself! Nice negative splits there, too! =)
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  6. Matilda says:

    Nice Work Jenn, I’m happy for you cause I know you have had drama’s of late.
    Woot! on the negative splits. See you can do it, it is possible, and achievable and you totally smashed it.
    Training for me this week, went well, totally rocked today’s run, so things are falling in place, yay.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Whoo hoo for rocking your run! It’s awesome when things fall into place. I really didn’t want to go into my big races undertrained or unprepared, and I was scared that I wasn’t going to be able to get there. It may not be the way I wanted to do it, but I’m going to be ok.

  7. Yay! It’s good to hear you’re making your comeback! Lookout world!

    My training has gone great this week since we’re on vacation and that’s about the only responsibility I have! 🙂 Fact: Every run this week, Bill and I have gone farther than we initially planned!
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  8. Kathy Nguyen says:

    That is awesome. Sounds like you had a big week! I felt that way when I could run 5 miles too. You are on your way back! Great job!

  9. Congrats on your five miles, get it!

    Yey, I’m so glad you’re loving intervals! They are hard, but nothing makes a run fly by like intervals!
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