It’s the end of the month, so what better time than to do a recap of my first full month of training post-injury?
While I spent July rebuilding mileage while cross training, August included a few speed workouts and more intense longer runs, especially toward the end of the month when I started feeling confident. I’m proud to be back to my pre-injury miles per week, even if my speed isn’t all there. I feel strong and think the slower paces are due to the heat and just getting back into speed workouts.
Running miles: 159 (Zero racing miles)
Cycling miles: 61 (3 classes)
BodyPump classes: 5
BodyFlow/Yoga classes: 3
In August 2013, I ran 165 miles training for a marathon. In August 2014, I came off an injury, cross trained more, and ran almost as many miles as I did a year ago.
One year later, I feel much healthier, stronger, faster, and more athletic training for a 10K. Maybe this is how it feels to have a strong base of running experience?
This month’s highlights included the MooreOn Road Trip, where we ran 5 trails in one day- from Mt. Pleasant to Columbia to Traveller’s Rest and Pickens. I ran/walked/hiked a total of 11 miles that day and bonded with some amazing and inspirational runners. This trip and those trails really challenged my comfort zone in a good way, and it set up a great month of running for me.
Another highlight was the warmup and cross training clinic that TrySports Mt. Pleasant hosted in Waterfront Park. The two employees who taught are very knowledgeable- Tevin runs track for The Citadel and Laura is a personal trainer. We practiced lots of great exercises. In two years of being involved with the TrySports Run Club, this was one of the best TrySports programs I have attended.
For September, I have two races planned- the Raccoon Pond Rush 10 miler (September 13) and the Fall Equinox 10K (September 23).
My goal for the Raccoon Pond Rush 10 miler is to have fun, run hard, and set an insta-PR (personal record). This race benefits the Lowcountry Autism Foundation and has a post-race brunch, so I think it’ll be a fun way push myself on a long run, since I normally long run on Saturday morning. Since it’s on a trail I’ve never set foot on, and I’ve never raced a 10-miler, I don’t have a time goal.
Also, I’ve been given a registration discount to share for Raccoon Pond Rush, which is RPR10K2014 (saves $5). Charleston locals or visitors, feel free to use that code when you register.
The Raccoon Pond Rush 10 mile fits great as a long run (with race benefits) in training for the Fall Equinox 10K.
For the Fall Equinox 10K, I have a few tiered goals- Keep in mind, it’s an afternoon race and September in Charleston is quite warm. My A-goal is to finish uninjured- always a goal for *any* race distance, especially after you get hurt 4 days before your last goal race. My B-goal is a time goal of under my PR (personal record), 46:59. My C-goal is to run under an 8 min/mile average pace.
I’d love to break 45 minutes in a 10K, but that’s more of an “if the stars align” wish. I’m not in shape for that, but I’m eyeing a race in November, since it’ll be cooler then and I’ll have time to run a few tune-up 5Ks on the road and maybe PR. We shall see!
I plan to start weekly recaps for Fall training this month- so until next week, happy running!