This was one of the best training weeks I’ve had in awhile, and I feel like things are starting to come together.
I ran 41 miles this week and did 2 BodyPump classes.
On Saturday, I ran an impromptu 13.1 mile training run PR, beating another 13.1 mile training run PR from April 2014. Does a PR-ed training run even count? Maybe I need to run 13.1 miles with a number pinned to my shirt.
Sometimes a good run comes out of nowhere. Of course, it doesn’t *really* happen out of nowhere- it happens from years of consistency and hard work, but it happens when you expect it.
I slept in (willingly turned my alarm off) and missed The Foot Store group run at 6 AM. I was kinda excited about that group run too, but I needed the rest since I had trouble falling asleep. Is it possible for an iron supplement to keep you awake at night? Maybe…
I arrived at Alhambra Hall at 7:15 to run the bridge, so I ran 5 miles out and back into downtown alone (saw Noah, Cathy, and David Quick out though, fun seeing familiar faces on the run). I felt good after 10, so I decided to run the Old Village Harbor 5K course.
Here are my three takeaways from Saturday’s run:
- I ran past Village Bakery 3 times and did not stop for food. This was the hardest part.
- Training with Howie is paying off, but I am probably an endurance monster and I need to make that work for me.
- Too bad I didn’t have a race medal lying around in my car. I could’ve gotten a random bystander to present it to me in an impromptu awards ceremony.
Half marathons aren’t a distance I race often. My race PR is 1:49 and from 2012.
I think I’ll kick up my long runs over the next few weeks and enter the Charleston Half Marathon.
Here’s this week’s training log:
Monday: 6 AM BodyPump- always the start to my workout week.
At Monday speedwork, we ran a 3.1 mile tempo run through a movie set filming in the middle of our normal tempo route. The cast had coffee from Starbucks on this chilly night and it made me wish I had more skill at grabbing cups on the run at water stops. My run was right on pace, but I started out a little too fast.
Tuesday: I voted in the midterm elections, which took an hour with the long lines. After work, I ran 6 miles and realized I spent longer standing in line to vote than running 6 miles.
Rather than watching depressing election results (almost everyone I voted for lost), I did a Sip and Paint class at Wine and Design West Ashley that night.
Wednesday: 6 AM BodyPump. I was hungry and just wanted breakfast.
That evening, we ran 1/2 mile intervals again and it felt easier, but I think Howie’s adding more reps next week, so it won’t feel easy anymore.
Thursday: 4 recovery/easy miles at the TrySports Brew Run. This was a fun, relaxing run with costumes and glow sticks and pictures of runners with crazy devil eyes.
Friday: No workout.
I went out for seafood with my parents, then my mom and I went to the dollar store to buy items for her Operation Christmas Child for church. I love hanging with my mom, I don’t get to spend as much time with her since we live two hours away, plus it was fun buying Christmas stuff for kids.
Saturday: 13.1 mile long run. Clay and I went downtown for lunch at Butcher and Bee and to reserve a turkey for Thanksgiving since he’s in charge of it this year.
That evening, we kicked back and watched the Halloween movies on our DVR because Christmas movies have started coming on already *and* Christmas music is on the radio. Craziness…
Saturday: 8 mile run and brunch with OnShore Run Club.
The first 4 miles were about 8 min/mile pace. I ran with Tom and Rae; it was her first time coming to the group run and his second, and they wanted me to stay with them because they didn’t know the route. I did, even though the pace was a little fast for me after Saturday.
We stopped for water after four miles, and I let them go ahead and ran back much easier to save something in the tank for next week. Post-run, I had delicious walnut pancakes from Moe’s Crosstown Tavern!
This was my highest mileage week in awhile (cooler temperatures help), and best of all, I don’t feel drained, sick, tired, or hurting. I’m cutting back on mileage next week and hope to have a great race on Saturday.