Another solid week of training for the Charleston (Half) Marathon.
Since this was a holiday week and I had more time, I got some extra sleep. I’m drinking recovery shakes after my workouts, wearing compression socks, foam rolling, and stretching each night in front of the TV. These recovery activities take very little time but help big time when you’re increasing mileage.
This week, I ran 40 miles and attended a BodyPump class.
Monday – I went to BodyPump at 6 AM. The instructor said we wouldn’t have class on Wednesday, so I wanted to make this one count. Normally after a high mileage weekend and with a tempo run that afternoon, I’d go a little lighter on the squats, but I lifted my usual weight.
That night, I ran a 3.15 mile tempo run for 5.5 miles total. It was my fastest tempo run ever, but I started a little too fast (I recalculated my training paces after the Old Village Harbor 5K). My splits were 7:06, 7:20, 7:19, :59.
I guess iced frappucino coffee really is the secret to good runs, but consistent training helps.
Tuesday – Easy 4.5 miles around my neighborhood. It rained on me the entire time, and I’m kinda sick of the rain. I tried to keep a positive attitude, and midway through the run, thought about about running with Noah and Peyton Moore at the soaking wet LifePoint Gift of Life 5K back in 2013.
I ran the first 3.5 miles easy and turned the last mile into a little game, surging when I saw recycling bins out (Wednesday is our neighborhood’s recycling day). I dedicated my run to Peyton and it made for a fun easy day.
Wednesday – Easy 5.4 miles with Howie. It was a shakeout before Turkey Day Run and my Turkey Day Carb Coma. Downtown was dead, but we had a nice conversation about all things running, training, and beer.
Thursday – Rest day for Thanksgiving.
We went out of town and left Thursday morning, so no turkey trot for me (the Charleston ones started at 9 AM, which was too late for our travel plans and the Hartsville/Florence ones were at 8 AM and we were still in Charleston then). Everyone’s Turkey Trot pictures on Facebook were super cute, and I wish I could’ve been there.
Clay smoked a turkey in his Big Green Egg grill, and we spent time with family and friends.
Running 40 mpw and training for a half marathon *does not* give me permission to eat whatever and as much as I want, but I did it anyway. I don’t have much self-control around food and kinda fail at this whole nutrition thing. Oops.
Black Friday – The stores may have been packed, but the roads were empty.
I ran 12 miles from the Ben Sawyer Blvd. Publix to the TD Bank on East Bay Street.
The hardest part was running by Page’s Okra Grill because it smells so good. Running over the Cooper River Bridge and back was kinda tough too. At least the Charleston Marathon route doesn’t have Page’s Okra Grill or the Cooper River Bridge to affect my speed.
After my run, I went to Dunkin Donuts (latte machine was broken!) and Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant, where I bought a new shirt and socks. Fleet Feet had coffee, scones, and fruit out for shoppers- that’s why it pays to shop at small businesses and not get caught up in the Black Friday Frenzy.
Saturday – Easy 4.6 miles shakeout on the Ashley River Bike Path, followed by the Carolina/Clemson football game. It was a Carolina loss, and I hope we get a bid to a bowl game but I’m kinda over college football right now anyway.
Clay and I went to dinner at a new-to-us place on James Island, White Duck Taco Shop. It wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t a fan of the chips and salsa (that’s a make-or-break thing for me at Mexican restaurants or taco shops). We had some pretty delicious frozen yogurt for dessert to feel better since South Carolina lost.
Sunday – 8 miles with OnShore Racing Run Club.
I ran 4 of the miles at half marathon goal pace, trying to keep them close to 7:30. I don’t really have a time goal yet, so I just plugged the numbers from my last 5K into a pace calculator. I try not to get fixed on time goals and just want to finish the half marathon a better runner than when I started training for it, and obviously injury free.
I didn’t stick around for brunch because I wanted to decorate the Christmas tree. I got all our Christmas stuff out and up, and that should count as cross training because decorating is hard work. I took a few breaks for some adult coffee, which got interesting when I was walking around and around the tree with the colored lights.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week!