Butler 5 Miler Training : Getaway

Hi everyone!  I had a great and busy weekend away from home, which means that it interrupted my training a bit.  Sometimes that's all you need to feel inspired to work hard again, and some time with family is always good.  We went to visit Dan's family for his grandpa's birthday, and it was such a great trip.  We had a lot of fun, but now it's back to reality.  Here's a look at how my week of training went:


Rest Day!
I did my arm workout, and didn't run.


3 miles / 9:34 pace
I went on a run before work, and felt so sore when I started.  I took the first mile nice and easy, and started to feel a lot better.  It was so nice out in the morning, and it's crazy to me how light out it is by 6AM.  Crazy to think that I used to run in the dark all the time and now I need sunglasses!  I ran around Point State Park, which was getting ready for Arts Fest.


Rest Day!
I did my leg workout, and didn't run.


3 miles / 8:31 pace
I had a dentist appointment and worked from home, so I got to run during my lunch.  I went out with Selma for a quick 3 miles.  To make this a speed workout, we did a short fartlek (random fast segments with some rest periods).  It was a lot of fun and Selma had a blast!


5 miles / 9:08 pace
I went to one of the parks near my in-laws' house, so Dan and Selma and I headed over for a run.  It was a warm day and the park didn't have a lot of shade, but I loved it.  For some reason I always have great runs when I'm in Carlisle, so this felt amazing.  I ran around the park for 5 miles and ended sweaty and happy.


7 miles / untimed
I headed out a bit earlier in the day to get in a quick run before Dan's grandparents made it to town.  I took it easy and ran without my watch.  Later in the day we went out to a hibachi grill for Dan's grandpa, and it was SO amazing.  It was my first time, and the presentation was so much fun and the food was delicious.  


Rest Day!
We traveled back home in the afternoon, and by the time we got back I was so exhausted and had no desire to run.  I did a quick yoga flow to stretch out then passed out in bed.

Do you like to run when you're on a weekend trip?
City or country?


  1. Nice that you got to run in pretty parks while you were away! Love all the pics of Selma running with you.

  2. Great week, Gretchen! Selma looks like she loved the fartlek.

    I am out of town almost every single weekend in the summer, so I definitely will run while traveling. But if it is an actual vacation I will take some time off.

  3. That countryside looks so pretty!

    I typically don't run much on actual vacations, but I like to run when I'm visiting mine or Kevin's family. I love to run in my hometown in Iowa when I visit, but it's much hillier there (yes, in Iowa) so I have to be prepared for a killer workout!

  4. Ohhh I'm glad you had a fun time away! Great week. :)

  5. Carlisle is so pretty I bet it has some great parks. Most of my runs happen during the week so if I miss one on the weekends it's no big deal for me.

  6. I always love getting out and running or walking when I'm travelling... though often with my GPS on because I'm scared of getting lost, haha!

  7. Hi Gretchen! Would you mind sharing what you do for your arm, leg and core workouts, or if you have already shared could you direct me to it? I'm looking to mix up my strength routine and could use some inspiration! Thanks!

    1. I shared it in this post- http://www.gretchruns.com/2017/05/a-strong-and-speedy-summer.html . Hope that's helpful!!


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