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, 9, and 10. 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: I headed downtown to church that morning and walked around downtown a bit taking pictures… surely that counts for something! The walk is always nice and helps me shake out and keep moving. Clay had friends over that afternoon, so I went to the Yoga House of Charleston for another community/donation class. I love doing yoga the day after long runs, and I love Yoga House.
Monday: 6.22 miles that morning, then BodyPump at East Shore on Monday afternoon. My morning run felt pretty good, and with the lowered humidity, two of my miles were under 8:00 min/mile (total time was 50:59). I think they were that fast because I saw a snake on the road though, eek!
Nothing like seeing a snake in Mile 1 of your 10K training run to mess up your splits, but my spirits were lifted seeing this sign on my way home.
Tuesday: I woke up at 5 to hit the track with Kindal, Katie, Michelle, Jeanette, and Tyler. We did 400s and with warmup and cooldown, I ran a total of 5 miles.
I had a committee meeting for the Mt. Pleasant Jingle Bell Run that evening, so I didn’t run or work out after the speedwork.
The Jingle Bell Run 5K is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation, and thanks to TrySports Mt. Pleasant, I’m now involved in planning and promoting the race, as well as working on some group runs to draw runners out for it. It’s pretty exciting, even if I’m not 100% sure what all my online promotion duties will be.
Best of all, Jingle Bell Run 5Ks are held all over the US, so even if you’re not in Mt. Pleasant, you may still be able to participate if there’s one near you. It’s a run/walk and Santa will be there, so you should check it out. I’ll have a blog post closer to the race with a discount code for you, too.
Wednesday: I headed to East Shore on my lunch break to cross train and watch TV (and people). I flipped back and forth between ESPN and a local sports channel that was showing the Alabama vs. Georgia game from last year. Not only did I watch a rerun of a football game, I watched a rerun of a football game between South Carolina’s SEC rivals…
It was nice to get out of the house in the middle of the day and get moving, and I did 10 miles on the bike then headed home to actually shower and eat.
Thursday: I waited around until it got super hot- too hot to run outside. I did a 10K progressive run in 49:44 on the treadmill and watched Food Network and dreamed about what I’d treat myself to post-run (I ended up with a protein shake).
I’m such a typical gymgoer watching either ESPN or Food Network.
Clay and I watched the University of South Carolina vs. University of North Carolina football game that night. Let’s just say if our neighbors didn’t know we’re Carolina Gamecock fans, they do now.
Friday: Rest day! I had a vacation day from my big-girl job and stayed up late watching football, so I slept in until 8:30- way too late!
I bummed around that morning and worked on blog things, then Clay and I headed downtown to try a new restaurant and walk around downtown. We ended up at Saffron, a deli and bakery on East Bay Street. After being tempted by the delicious pastries when we walked in (they make you walk past them to get to your table/booth!), I had the most delicious, epic, Mediterranean salad I’ve ever had, complete with grape leaves.
Clay had a lamb burger, and we also shared the hummus and falafel appetizer.
After our meal (delicious and not overpriced), we hit Waterfront Park to walk around, people watch, and grab waffle cones of Belgian gelato, which is conveniently located right beside Waterfront Park. I love some gelato and can’t resist it when I’m downtown.
We also hit the Charleston City Market and I took this picture. Hey Leonardo!
Saturday: 20 miles. Last long run of marathon training, as I’m running a half marathon next weekend (Francis Marion Dirt Dash), then tapering for my full on September 28. Jessica, Cathy, and I got started at 5 AM, then at 6 AM, Gary, Andrew, Steve, and Ed joined us.
The 20 milers aren’t so bad, but I’m super thankful for the 4 AM wakeup calls are over for awhile.
Weekly totals: 37.4 miles total, 1 BodyPump class, 1 yoga class, 10 miles spinning
As I mentioned, I’m running a half marathon race this weekend. It’s a trail race, so I’m *running* it, not *racing* it. I definitely won’t go 100% because I have hard training to do the week after, but I did schedule a post-race massage as a reward for tackling the trails. I actually like the trail race because I know I’ll run it for enjoyment rather than speed.
I feel pretty confident in my training, but my biggest hurdle right now is digestion. Waking up at 4 for these long runs is messing with it, as I always end up making bathroom stops during the run. My marathon starts at 7 AM, which is a little later than I usually run (and fortunately, a little later than I usually go to the bathroom!), so I hope the issue just works itself out on September 28.
Either way, I’m watching my nutrition, hydration, and fiber intake pretty hard right now and hoping I don’t lose tons of time in a porta potty on race day.