First off, here are my posts from last week, in case you missed them:
Since the week didn’t involve traveling out of town or a husband working mandatory overtime, life and training were easier- despite the higher mileage. I have more time on my hands that lots of people who train for marathons (who have multiple jobs, jobs and school, kids, etc), but learning to juggle training with real life is as much of a journey as the run is in discovering yourself.
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).
Sunday: Rest day! Our friend PJ who lives in Florence came over to visit and see our house, and we went to lunch at Ladle’s Soups, one of our favorite Charleston restaurants. Ladle’s is so delicious and I had the best grilled pimento cheese sandwich ever- good stuff.
It was great seeing PJ and catching up with him. He’s a photographer in Florence and took the photos for our wedding, plus he works at my company. I told him to tell everyone I said hi, including those people I didn’t physically get to say hi to last week when I was at corporate for training.
It was a relaxing, fun, workout-free Sunday.
Monday: My legs were really feeling Saturday’s 18, so I ran 5 miles around my neighborhood that morning at a fairly easy pace, then picked it up for the last mile to negative split the run. That afternoon, I went to yoga at East Shore and got an awesome stretch session in. Love my yoga classes!
Tuesday: I woke up at 5 to hit the track with Kindal, Katie, and Michelle as usual, but it was pouring rain out here in West Ashley, so I let them know I wouldn’t be coming.
Since I was already awake, I just went to East Shore and did a BodyPump class to get my cross training in. I had a WordPress Meetup downtown that evening, so I didn’t do a PM workout.
Wednesday: 10 miles from Mt. Pleasant, over “the bridge”, and to the Battery. It’s a five mile out and back and one of my favorite Charleston routes, because I see the water, Rainbow Row, and if it’s in port, the cruise ship (it wasn’t in port today).
Thursday: 6 total miles on the treadmill at East Shore. I warmed up for a mile, then did three rounds: 4 min @ 7.5 mph, 3 min @ 8 mph, 2 min @ 8.5 mph, 1 min @ 9 mph. After that, I ran a mile at 7.5 mph (8 minute mile).
I met Virginia for dinner at Roly Poly (a wrap/salad/sandwich/soup restaurant in West Ashley) that night. We had a great time at Roly Poly, it was Virginia’s first time eating there… and her last time going there for awhile, too.
Speaking of Virginia, Baby Stella was born Friday afternoon! We joked that the Roly Poly wrap made the baby “roll on out”. I guess I should tell my other pregnant friends to go there when they get close to their due dates!
Friday: Rest day! I chilled out a lot because I knew the next day would be a personal distance record run. Clay and I went to Taste of Thai on a dinner date and then came home to watch NFL preseason. NFL preseason mostly just makes us excited for football, we watch maybe the first quarter of the games, then turn it off.
Saturday: 22 miles. I started at 5 AM with the marathon maniacs to get some early miles in (5.6 total), then at 6 AM, we swung by the parking lot to meet up with the rest of the TrySports Run Club.
Jessica, Gary and I ran 16.5 miles and stopped at our favorite Wild Dunes bar for water and talk to our favorite bartender there (we also tip her pretty well). Peggy, who works at TrySports, rode her bike to check on the runners doing long runs too, so that was a big help and good for safety purposes.
In this run, 19 of the 22 miles were below 10 minute mile pace (my goal is to always be below 10:00 mile in a super long run).
Weekly totals: 43 miles total, 1 BodyPump class, 1 yoga class.
My next step is figuring out a pace to start at for my full. I keep most all my really long training run mileage under 10 min/mile, but I’m thinking in 6 weeks, with cooler weather, I’ll be able to start out a little faster than that. Plus, I won’t be just enjoying the run, talking, and acting crazy, like I do on my current long runs.
I’m hoping to start out closer to a 9 min/mile and see how I feel, especially since my easier runs from 5-8 miles are usually around an 8:30 pace. I don’t want to kill myself with pacing, and I don’t want to hit the wall- but I want to do the best I can since this is the only marathon I plan to run. So… any tips are totally appreciated!!