Here’s this week’s training log for my journey toward the 26.2 Mile Fun Run. If you want to follow along, you can read weeks 1, 2, and 3. I also log my training on DailyMile, which is a great online workout log.
Also… if any of you have actually trained for and completed a marathon, I’d love your feedback. I’m not following any “out-of-the-box plan”, and I’m not shooting for a time goal (yet), but I am up for trying new workouts and ideas.
July 7: Off. I wanted to fully recover from my 10 miler on the Cooper River Bridge and downtown the day before- and I think it rained.
Meanwhile, I left the shirt I wore for my 10 miles in the back of my car, so my car reeked of smelly runner. Great idea to change clothes before breakfast + driving home because it’s way more comfortable, bad idea to leave them in the car.
July 8: 7 mile treadmill runch (run at lunch). I ran for 58 minutes, 8:15 average pace- which I built up to. I don’t remember what I watched on TV but I’m sure it was really trashy to get me through 7 miles on the “dreadmill”. I went to yoga at East Shore that night.
July 9: 5 miles of speedwork with Katie and Kindal. After warming up, we ran 800 meters at 10K pace, then 200 meters at 5K pace, then recovered by walking 200 meters. We did this 4 times then cooled down.
I’m so glad I found other girls to do speedwork with- it makes it a lot easier to actually *do* speedwork.
We didn’t do the blogger thing and take pictures of our sweaty selves after a workout (why do people do this? I don’t get the appeal…), but definitely check out their blogs while you are at it.
July 10: 45 minute BodyPump class. I picked this particular class because it focuses more on upper body and I wanted to keep my legs fresh for Thursday night’s race.
July 11: 5 miles total, including the Race the Landing 5K, where I ran a 23:53. I ran the exact same time in the only other night race I’ve ever done, the i5K. So weird to run the same time! I enjoyed this race and will definitely do them next year Recap coming later this week.
July 12: Rest day! I ran some errands like shopping for groceries and getting gas, and I ate lunch and watched Big Brother 15. I worked, obviously, then took a really long nap to prepare for the 3rd Annual Midnight Half Marathon.
July 13: 13.1 miles at the 3rd Annual Midnight Half Marathon. Two local runners, Thomas and Kohut, host this every year at Folly Beach (I think one of them has a house there).
You don’t get many chances to run a half marathon in July, much less one that is at midnight and includes going to the beach and dipping your toes in the sand at the end. People said it was crazy that we got out to run at midnight, in drizzling rain- but I think they were crazy for sleeping. You can sleep the other 364 nights of the year, you only get one to run at midnight with friends.
We also had a lot of people run shorter distances too- no one raced or tried to run fast, it was for fun. My finish time was 2:11:33- I ran with and talked to Paul, Steve, and Katy, a new running friend I met that night. As you can see, the event had a large participation and was the first half marathon for a few people.
I got home at 3, went to bed at 4, and slept a whopping 4.5 hours. I fail at sleeping in.
I did Yoga for Hamstrings, Hips, and Back that afternoon on DoYogaWithMe.com. We all need more yoga and these free online tutorials make it easy to get. I woke up Sunday morning feeling rested and recovered, so I think it helped.
Weekly totals: 30 miles, 1 BodyPump class, 2 yoga classes.
I *soooo* felt Thursday night’s 5K when I ran the Midnight half, and I admire anyone who races back to back! That’s really hard. Even though I didn’t run as many miles this week, I think I had a good training week since I did a race and speedwork, and I think the rest will help me attack next week’s workouts. Happy Running!
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