First off, here are my posts from last week, in case you missed them:
Now for your weekly dose of training log. If you want to follow along, you can read weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, and 9. I also log my training on DailyMile, which is a great online workout log. I highly recommend using it to document your training- you can even log and track how many miles are on your shoes!
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: My friends Evan and Tracy were in Charleston to shop and explore downtown, along with Tracey’s daughter and another friend, so we hit Three Little Birds for breakfast.
Three Little Birds is a really tasty breakfast restaurant that opens at 9 AM on Sunday- which is hard to find in a city where most places don’t open until 10- for “brunch”. It’s the best early Sunday breakfast option in Charleston and close to downtown. We spent the time talking and catching up and not taking pictures, but here’s the tofu scramble I had.
That afternoon, I went to the Yoga House of Charleston and the instructor snuck this picture! So here’s proof that I really do the yoga that I preach to runners about so much (because I’ve honestly never met injured runners who said they consistently practiced yoga before they got injured). It was a 1 hour flow class and I’m in the gray shirt/black shorts/purple mat.
Monday: Since I ran 22 miles on Saturday, I took another day to cross train and did BodyPump at East Shore with my friend Liz who teaches there. My legs were still feeling the 22 miler so I didn’t lift any heavier than usual.
Tuesday: I woke up at 5 to hit the track with Kindal and Katie. We did 400s and 800s, and with warmup and cooldown, it was a total of 6 miles for me. My legs felt pretty good.
That evening, I went back to East Shore more BodyPump. Bbored and broke and already paying for a gym membership, I did another 45 minutes of weight training. On the bright side, my quads are beastly strong.
You know how Forrest Gump “just felt like running”?
Well… I just felt like not running on Wednesday, so I didn’t.
My back hurt (Maybe I slept on it wrong? Maybe I did a lift incorrectly during Pump? Maybe I just need a massage? I don’t know).
Thursday: I ran 4 miles around my neighborhood that morning, with 3 of the miles under 8:00 pace. Sometimes a day off really helps.
That evening, I joined my training partner Steve and his friend Richie and some others for a parking garage run in Downtown Charleston. It’s best way to gain and lose 500 feet of elevation when you live in the Lowcountry.
I posted on DailyMile and Facebook and now have tons of friends wanting to run parking garages. It’s speedwork AND strength training for your legs at the same time- you just have to go when the garages aren’t crowded with cars and traffic. Fortunately, these guys are locals and know when and where to go and where to drink water downtown.
This run was pretty unforgettable. In fact, I’ll remember it whenever I park in a garage for the next oh… few months!
Friday: Rest day! I slept in, worked, ran some errands (bank, pet sitting, ate a Greek salad), met with our life insurance guy/financial advisor, and treated myself to a Diet Vanilla Coke.
That night, Nadine and I headed to Daniel Island to see Hootie and the Blowfish and Everclear! I won tickets to yet another weekend event, and since it was Hootie’s homegrown tour (he grew up here in Charleston), I have officially earned my Charleston card!
I’ll write more about the concert soon- I promise! Something for you to check back for!
Saturday: 15 miles. Since my long run was shorter, I decided to make it faster and push the pace a bit. The first 9 miles were great, but at mile 10, my stomach totally rebelled on me. Jessica was running 18 so we cruised in the last few miles.
Our average pace was 9:15 per mile, with many of the miles below 9:00 pace. I’ll take it.
Let’s just hope the patron saint of marathoners’ intestines is with me on race day.
Weekly totals: 30.5 miles total, 2 BodyPump classes, 1 yoga class.
My training had ups and downs this week. I only had four runs, none particularly long, but all very strong and fast (as fast as you can run from parking garage to parking garage, juggling downtown traffic and pedestrians).
I’ll most likely cut my strength training and BodyPump back when I start tapering for the full. I’ll still Pump at least once per week, so I won’t lose my fitness there. I might not get any better at BodyPump, but the goal here is to rock a 26.2 mile fun run, not a group fitness class. I can pump more when the marathon is over.