Hey everyone and happy Sunday! It’s the first weekend of multiple races here in Charleston, so if you ran a race this weekend, I hope you did well. Otherwise, I hope you just had an awesome weekend.
If you had a busy week and missed them, here are my posts from last week:
I renamed my training recap post this week to reflect the marathon I’m training for. Now that I’m in taper mode, I guess I feel more comfortable setting actual time goals instead of just calling it a fun run. I’ve been registered for this marathon since April, and my real life friends all know I’m doing it, so I decided it’s a good time to announce it to the blog world in case someone else out there may be running it.
- It’s close to my friends and family, so they can spectate. If I ran a marathon out of town or out of state, I’d have Clay there but most likely no one else. It’s not a long drive for my parents either, so they could come show up at the finish, along with some of my Florence friends.
- It was inexpensive. I registered for $75 and got two free tickets to a NASCAR race free for registering. I gave the tickets away to my father-in-law, and I think he gave them away to someone at work. NASCAR is obviously *not* the type of racing I’m into, but at least someone got a free race out of it.
- Clay and I can stay with his parents the night before, so no need to get a hotel. Remember, we’re house poor here. I’d rather spend that money on a non-running excursion like a cruise or vacation next year.
- It’s neat to be a part of something in its first year. The marathon and half marathon were limited to 500 runners each, but I’ll be able to tell friends, family, and my future kids and grandkids that I was a part of the first-ever marathon in Darlington.
Now, what you’ve been waiting for- this week’s training log.
Sunday: I slept in and missed my usual pre-church walk around Charleston, but I went to the Yoga House of Charleston for the community/donation class that afternoon. It was a different instructor- probably due to the holiday.
I prefer the usual Sunday instructor, Katie, and that’s why I stick with this class. I later learned last Sunday’s instructor taught 11 yoga classes over the holiday weekend due to people being out, though. I have to admit that’s pretty incredible, but I’m glad our usual instructor will be back soon. I just like Katie’s teaching style better.
Monday: Since it was Labor Day and I was off work, I headed to Mt. Pleasant to run the Cooper River Bridge and downtown for a 10.3 mile run. It was a lot better than my last 10 miler a few weeks ago, I was pretty happy with my pace and splits, and hooray for only 84% humidity instead of the usual 100%.
Tuesday: I woke up at 5 to hit the track with Kindal, Katie, and Michelle. We did 400s and 800s and with warmup and cooldown, I ran a total of 6 miles. I headed to BodyPump that afternoon to finish out the day of workouts.
Wednesday: I met up with my marathon training partner Steve, Richie, and Richie’s niece to run garages downtown. It was about a 5.5 mile run and included a route around downtown Charleston with 6 parking garages.
Those parking garages are pretty brutal; we sprint the uphills/inclines and run easy on the way down and through the streets of downtown- but they work, and it’s always fun to run around downtown. I was pretty stoked to run downtown twice this week thanks to the Labor Day Holiday.
Thursday: Off. I was pretty wiped out after the garage run and 3 days of straight, hard, running. With a half marathon coming up on Saturday, I figured the extra day off would help, and I decided to get some extra carbs in with a “take and bake” pizza from Earth Fare– they were half price this week.
You know it’s hot outside when you get your take and bake pizza home and it’s almost cooked… we popped it in the oven to finish it off, and it was delicious.
Since I didn’t work out, I headed to TrySports Mt. Pleasant– who moved into a brand new store in Mt. Pleasant Towne Center this week- to pick up mine and Clay’s packets for the Francis Marion Dirt Dash on Saturday. Here’s my bib and shirt (back and front).
The guys shirt was the same design but a red shirt. Unfortunately, Clay’s shirt doesn’t fit . It’s a nice tech shirt, but it’s the smallest XXL shirt ever, and there were no bigger sizes. It looks more like an XL or even a Large. I hope Eagle Endurance uses a different shirt vendor next year for the guys shirts.
Friday: 30 minute Les Mills CXWORX class at East Shore.
My friend Will is getting certified to teach CXWORX, which is a cross training class for your entire body. With the name, I thought it was just a core class, but boy was I wrong- we did it all… squats, arm workouts- it was pretty fun. He had to have 5-6 participants in the class and film himself teaching to submit for his certification- I didn’t mind helping him out at all.
I’m pretty sure the Les Mills workout people will laugh at the poor uncoordinated girl in the pink the whole video…
Saturday: Half marathon time! I ran the Francis Marion Dirt Dash half and finished in 1:54. My total mileage was 13.27, and I was 2nd place in my age group. Clay ran the “More than a 5K” and placed 3rd in his age group. Here’s my race swag.
It wasn’t my best half marathon time, but the entire race was on a dirt road and gravel trail, so I think I did pretty well. I was mostly happy that I did not fall- that gravel was pretty tricky in places! I’ll have a full recap of the race later this week.
Did I mention how happy I am to write a race recap again? I’m so glad to get back to Saturday morning racing!
Weekly totals: 35 miles total, 1 BodyPump class, 1 yoga class, 1 CXWORX class.
My first race of the Fall is done, along with most of my hard marathon training. I have a few more long runs to do obviously, but I probably won’t run any of them longer than 14-16 miles. I’m excited to rest my legs over the next three weeks, along with some other fun stuff next week like a girl’s night out for Charleston Restaurant Week, a much needed massage, and lunch with my friend Virginia (and seeing her new baby, Stella).
Have a great week, and happy training!