Eight weeks until race day, and another solid training week is in the books.
It’s my highest mileage week ever, and I completed my longest long run since last September’s Darlington Marathon (15 miles). I still feel pretty strong going into next week.
This week, I ran 44 miles and did 2 BodyPump classes.
Monday – 6 AM BodyPump. I was sore from Saturday’s Old Village Harbor 5K and Sunday’s long run, so I went really light on the leg tracks. I left class after the lunge track to take my car to the mechanic, so I missed out on shoulders, abs, and cooldown.
Monday night was speedwork night. The weather was iffy all day with a coldfront coming in and a tornado watch, but it cleared up just before time to run. One of the guys who runs with us PRed a half on Saturday, so I was hoping he would be there and we could all do a nice recovery run and talk about our PRs, but no such luck (he didn’t come, and we didn’t do a recovery run).
I was tired, stressed from dealing with and paying for car repairs, and *I DID NOT WANT TO TEMPO RUN*.
I showed up anyway because that’s the power of accountability, a coach, and training partners. I ran 5.5 miles, including a tempo 5K (average pace 7:27). The first mile was really fast because the wind was pushing my pace, but it was not fun riding that pain train back down the Battery with those winds in my face.
I was pleased with the workout and glad I did it, but I planned to take it easy for a day or two because my legs were toast from the hard runs and mileage increase.
Tuesday – I went to TrySports Mt. Pleasant for the group run from the store, where we tried out the new Asics shoes and also sampled some Thanksgiving treats from Whole Foods.
I ran 4 recovery miles in the Asics and liked them- I don’t recall which model I tested, but they were neutral shoes, and everyone who tried out the shoes got a free hat or headband. It was a really fun group run.
Wednesday – Speedwork was cancelled (coach went to Philly for the marathon), so I ran 4 miles at the Fleet Feet Pub Run at The Shelter. The run was a “stache bash” in honor of No-Shave November, so we wore stick-on mustaches when running through the Old Village in Mt. Pleasant.
I didn’t stick around for the post-run dinner, but hung out with some friends before heading home. I also did the full BodyPump class that morning.
Thursday – After recovering from the weekend + Monday night tempo run, I ran 7.5 miles from Patriot’s Point, including the Cooper River Bridge.
I’m trying to incorporate a mid-week long-ish, fast-ish, run since I usually do my long runs on Sunday. It was chilly and windy on the bridge but felt great for running. I finished in under an hour.
Friday – No workout!
I spent the afternoon working like crazy on articles for work but also went out for Mexican with Liz, Kristy, and Angela (who I know from the gym, plus Liz is my neighbor). We had a great time, and I hoped those Bangin’ Shrimp tacos would be good fuel for my 15-mile long run.
Saturday – I ran 15.2 miles on the Summerville Sawmill Branch Trail with Virginia, who is training for the Hilton Head Island full in February.
We ran from Virginia’s house which was a great idea because we could relax before and after the run, drink our own coffee and protein shakes, and not use porta-potties or gas station bathrooms. I love running on the Summerville trail; it’s pretty and it’s not pancake flat like West Ashley.
Stella didn’t come with us since it was cold and we were running so long, but we let her in the post-run picture anyway. She is in awe of her long distance running mommy (and her mommy’s tiny terror friend).
After the run, I came home, cleaned up, and watched the South Carolina vs. South Alabama football game- another Gamecock win! Clay and I also went out for lunch at Big Billy’s Burger Joint, where I inhaled this delicious salmon and fruit salad because that’s the appetite you get from long runs.
Sunday – 8 soggy shuffle miles with OnShore Racing this morning. Charleston was flooded, and my water-logged shoes felt like bricks. Only 7-8 people showed up for group run this morning, so everyone was hardcore and fast. I wanted this to be a recovery run but the pace was faster than I would’ve liked (The trend here is that I don’t want to do as much fast running if I’m increasing mileage that week).
Some people feel empowered running in the rain, but I mostly felt slow and out of shape. Not all runs can be good runs, but the fellowship was fun, and we had a great post-run brunch and surprise party (I’ll write more about that later this week).
I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving week, spends time with family and friends, and gets everything on their shopping list this weekend!