First, here are last week’s posts, in case you missed them:
If any of you have completed a marathon and have suggestions, I’d love to hear from you too. It’s not like I know what I’m doing here (For real- I have no idea what I’m doing here).
July 28: Rest day. I didn’t do much of anything on Sunday, beside well… rest from my 19 miler on Saturday. I felt fine, we just didn’t do much. Clay made some homemade caprese with tomatoes and basil from our garden (we haven’t figured out how to grow mozzarella yet, so we bought that at Earth Fare).
July 29: I did my friend Liz’s BodyPump class at East Shore that morning, then yoga that afternoon. The yoga teacher switched up the workout on us and focused more on core and legs, and I think my Facebook update summed it up best.
July 30: 5 miles of speedwork with Kindal, Katie, and Michelle that morning. We alternated between 400s and 800s this week, and I really enjoyed the workout. We all ran some pretty strong splits.
Tuesday afternoon, I was pretty bored and thought about heading to run club, but since I didn’t feel like driving to Mt. Pleasant and running again, I ended up doing BodyPump again. I rarely make it to BodyPump twice a week, but since I did, I lifted more weights in the back and biceps tracks.
When the track ended, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t increased the weight sooner- I could’ve lifted that much months ago. I won’t say how much I lift in BodyPump- just know that I’m a distance runner and notoriously have ZERO upper body strength. We’ll keep it at that.
July 31: 7 miles (8:11 average pace) on the treadmill at East Shore. I watched a reality show on MTV and gradually increased the speed each mile. Toward the end of the show, I got perturbed at the characters (notice I say characters, not “real people”- I feel like anyone on a reality show is playing a part) and increased the speed to finish the run up, haha.
August 1: Unplanned rest day.
This was the first unplanned rest day I’ve taken in awhile. I slept in a bit, worked and attended meetings, then headed out for a lunch meetup- feeling fine. Around 2 PM, this extreme tired feeling hit me, and my marathon training turned into a DVR marathon on my couch.
Not sure if my body was fighting off a potential sickness or if I felt weak from the heavy training schedule, but I wasn’t pushing it by running. I still treated myself to an 100 calorie Klondike ice cream sandwich and went to bed early (and slept in the next day).
August 2: I normally rest on Friday, but I felt better so I ran 6 miles (8:04 average pace) of “runch” on the treadmill. I warmed up at 7 mph then gradually increased the speed to 7.5 and finally 8 mph so I could take the world’s quickest shower before my R&D meeting for work (I attend meetings via Skype and GoToMeeting since I work from home).
August 3: 10 miles (8:54 average pace) on Isle of Palms with Gary at the TrySports gang. The MCM training group decided to take a cutback week so I did too, especially with how I felt on Thursday- I didn’t want to chance it. Since my run was only 10 miles (I never thought I’d say “only” and “10 miles” in the same sentence, but I guess it happens in marathon training), Gary and I pushed the pace a bit.
I wanted to keep all the miles under 9 min/mile, but that got hard once the sun came up. Fortunately, most of the later miles hovered around that, so I was pleased. It was 79 degrees out and 100% humidity, so when the run was over, we rang the sweat out of our shirts and shorts (literally) then headed to Atlanta Bread Company for breakfast. The egg white bagel there is tasty.
Weekly totals: 28 miles running, 2 BodyPump classes, 1 yoga class.
Despite the low mileage, I’m really happy with my workouts this week. I had four solid runs, a crazy hard yoga class, and increased lots of weights at BodyPump. I felt strong on every run, despite my abs hurting like crazy on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This Saturday, I’ll kick my long run back up to at least 18. I like running 4 days per week, and it’s working out with my schedule, job, and recovery. I actually have a busy week at work this week, so hopefully I can get up early enough to get all my miles in before work. You have to pretty much be finished running by 7 AM here or you’re screwed by humidity- but I think I can get it done.