Hey everyone and happy Sunday! Before I jump straight into the weekly training recap, here are my posts from last week:
- Francis Marion Dirt Dash Half Marathon Recap
- Reebok Spartan Race Giveaway- Share your Spartan Story!
The Spartan Race giveaway runs through tonight, and I’ll announce the winner in the next day or so- so if you haven’t already, get your entries in! Like the lottery commercials always say, you can’t win if you don’t play (only I won’t take your money).
Sunday: I went to the Yoga House of Charleston for the community/donation class that afternoon. The usual instructor Katie was back with another great class, and I definitely needed it after Saturday’s half marathon.
Monday: After waking up super sore (DOMS anyone?) I hit the East Shore treadmill for 7 miles before my massage that evening. I did a progressive run and my average pace was 8:08, I was pretty happy with that.
My massage was incredible! I haven’t booked a post-marathon massage yet, but I’m sure I will. It’s money well spent, not just because it’s relaxing but because if you have a good therapist, they can work out knots and niggles in your body, making you feel better and making your workouts go better.
I go to Judd at InTouch Massage on James Island, and I even hit the James Island Goodwill when I was done and got some pretty cool scores like skirts, a sweater, and a pair of dressy. pants. Yay for poppin’ tags!
Tuesday: That morning, I ran mile repeats with Katie and Kindal at the track, and I went to BodyPump that afternoon. I was tired from the half marathon and speedwork, so I didn’t go heavy on the weights (I won’t go heavy again until after my full).
Wednesday: After running 13 miles in two days, I figured a cross training day was a good idea. I rode 10 miles on the bike at the gym and had a pretty good ride. I sweated a ton- which was what I wanted. I didn’t feel *that* great when riding but I got through it. It’s just cross training, right? No need to push too hard.
Thursday: This is where my training week went kaput.
I felt the niggle in my throat Wednesday afternoon and took some medicine before bed that night, figuring I’d feel better when I woke up. I definitely turned my 5:00 AM alarm off (I’d planned to run, then go to the TrySports grand opening). I managed to work most of the day since I work from home.
This was the first time I’ve had a cold since January 2011, after my first half marathon. Anyway- I guess it was a cold; I didn’t go to the doc-in-a-box and pay the bucks to confirm my self-diagnosis. Better to be sick now than 2 weeks from now when I’m toeing the line at Darlington!
I didn’t wait for my Garmin to get signals before my walk to the mailbox (even that was dreadful), so this was a glorified unplanned rest day.
Friday: I felt a little better after loading up on meds Thursday night. I woke up in a sweat, so obviously any fever I had broke in the night. I worked all day and got tons accomplished, then did a bunch of cleaning around the house.
Anyone else feel like this after a major sickness?
I took another day off running. No need to rush back into it, especially on Friday the 13th, right?
Saturday: 14 miles at Isle of Palms with the TrySports crew- average 9:20/mile pace.
It was a beautiful day for a long run. That first cool Saturday of the Fall where you feel like you’re flying and you have a stellar race or long run, but I didn’t feel like that. I felt okay, but my head still hurt quite a bit. Three of us girls (Jessica, me, and Cathy) stuck together while Krystal and Steve got some faster miles in. Everyone in the group did the best we could with how we were feeling today, and that’s all you can expect.
The best thing about a training group: even when it’s not your fastest or best run, you still have great company.
Running with a training group is like pizza, even when the run’s bad, it’s still pretty good.
Totals: 27 miles running, 10 miles biking, 1 BodyPump class, 1 yoga class.
I planned for one last hard training week, but I guess I started my marathon taper a little early. My mileage isn’t what I hoped, but being sick, it’s completely out of my control.
Honestly, I couldn’t ask for a better time to be sick. If your body needs a break at any time, it’s right after a hard training cycle and hard race (no, I didn’t “race” the Dirt Dash half marathon, but 13.1 miles on a trail is no joke whether you go 80% in or 100% in).
With 2 weeks until the marathon, this should be out of my system before Darlington. If I’d gotten sick last weekend, I probably wouldn’t have been able to run the Dirt Dash. Next weekend, I’d risk still “getting over it” at the marathon. Two weeks from now… I would have to keep doing these long runs and register and pay for another marathon!
Until then, I’ll keep pressing on, training hard, and consider purchasing stock in Lysol.