Last week in numbers:
48 running miles, 5 hours of driving, 2 Christmas parties, 2 BodyPump classes, 1 stomach illness, 1 family reunion = 1 wiped out Tiny Terror.
I thrive on a packed schedule.
After a record high in mileage, including speedwork, next week is a recovery week. I have a lot going on with work and the Nexton Cocoa Cup 5K race Saturday, and I want to make sure my hip is 100% before I race even a 5K on it. I’ll back off this week, then hit the training hard until the Charleston Half Marathon.
This week, I ran 48 miles and did 2 BodyPump classes.
Monday – I woke up and headed to 6 AM BodyPump. After Pump, I spent some painful quality time with the foam roller and did the hip stretches that Eric told me about on Sunday.
It rained off and on but stopped just in time for our speed workout that night. Howie, Vanessa, and I ran a total of 5.5 miles, including 6 half-mile repeats. Drivers were crazy and a UPS truck stalked us on the Battery. Who knew rich people got deliveries at 7 at night?
I ran between 6:37-6:51 pace for the half mile repeats, pretty consistent. I wasn’t zapped after my workout and felt really good.
Tuesday – 7 miles easy. I was so excited that they finished the 3-year construction project that I decided to run down the road and enjoy the new cone-less view.
I ran negative splits, too. Not sure how that happened, but I’ll take it!
Wednesday – Hump Day, BodyPump Day. I could squat so much more than I do, except I can’t get the bar with weights onto my shoulders. At least I don’t skip leg day- Isn’t every day leg day when you’re a runner?
That night, I went to the Fleet Feet “Beat the Grinch” Pub Run. I ran 6 miles total, with a 3.43 mile group run in there, which I used as my weekly short tempo. I averaged 7:31 pace, but tempo running is hard on cracked sidewalks and with traffic.
I ran a short cooldown, then warmed up with some adult hot chocolate. I was one of the first 50 runners who beat the Grinch, so I won a free pair of Balega socks and a “Run Charleston” ugly Christmas shirt.
Thursday – 6.5 miles easy.
I ran over the Cooper River Bridge with some friends, which started out fine but turned into a nightmare in the last 2 miles. I’m not sure what it was, because I didn’t eat anything TOO out of the ordinary, but I had some M&Ms that afternoon. I was super grateful for the gas station bathroom at the base of the bridge and swore to never eat peanut M&Ms again.
I headed back to Rural West Ashley, thinking my tummy troubles were over, but they weren’t. It wasn’t a fun night, and I don’t think it was simply too many M&Ms.
Friday – 15 miles. My stomach had been okay since 7 that morning, so Virginia and I headed out for our long run that evening on the Sawmill Branch Trail. It was a conversational long run and we kept a good pace. The temperatures were great and the trail wasn’t crowded at all.
I still felt pretty bad from the stomach bug, but this was one of those difficult runs that builds your confidence that if you can handle a tough run when you feel bad, you should be able to handle a race when you’re feeling good.
Saturday – Rest day. Clay and I travelled a few hours away to my hometown for a big family reunion we have every December, then we came back to Summerville for his job’s holiday party. Does driving a ton of miles make up for not running any?
A lot of my friends ran the Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon and did great. I enjoyed looking at their pictures and results, and I’m so proud of them- especially the first-time marathoners and half marathoners. Enjoy the post-race victory walk and wear your medals all weekend!
Sunday – 8 miles with OnShore Run Club. I ran with Tom and Chris again and we averaged about a 7:40 pace which I was happy with. Since I moved my long run to Friday, I used this as my weekly “long-ish and hard-ish” run.
Five weeks to go. Let’s do this!