Training for the Charleston Half Marathon (Dec 15-21)

After last week’s 48 miles, I was pretty wiped out.


While I ran fewer miles this week, I didn’t get much of a break as far as life goes. You can’t burn the candle at both ends for long before the cumulative fatigue of training and life gets to you. It caught up to me in Saturday’s 5K, and I didn’t even break 22 minutes.

Nevertheless, this week and that race are done, and I’m onto the next one. I ran 36.5 miles and did 2 BodyPump classes and 1 yoga class.

Monday: 2 treadmill miles to kill time + 6 AM BodyPump.

Since my speedwork program ended, I wound up running 5.5 miles on the treadmill at Pivotal. I tempo’ed 4 of the miles. I hate running on the treadmill, but I’m scared to run around town alone after dark. I was really grateful for my ipod on the treadmill, but the gym was super stuffy.

I also got new shoes at TrySports Mt Pleasant! I put almost 200 miles on my first pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18’s because I run my long runs, recovery runs, and easy days in them, so it was time to buy another pair for the rotation. I had a gift card I won from a race, so less damage to my credit card.


Tuesday: I spent the day at a year-end training class for clients for work. It was so nice to get out of the (home) office and interact with clients. Plus, I went to lunch at Olive Garden with my coworker, Robin, who taught the class. I miss having lunch with coworkers!

I was pretty tired after work, but I ran 4 easy miles around my neighborhood that evening.

Wednesday: 6 AM BodyPump. I invited my friend Kelsey to BodyPump since she just joined the gym, and she really enjoyed it. It was also MK’s last day teaching 6 AM Pump, so she brought in coffee and muffins for everyone. I’ll miss MK a lot, she’s a great BodyPump instructor.

That evening, I ran 5.5 miles around downtown, including 6 parking garages. Garages are our solution for Charleston’s lack of hills. It was my first garage run in a month, and it woke my legs up!


Thursday: On Thursday, I traveled to the corporate office for some meetings and for our R&D department Christmas party. I love seeing my coworkers, and the office was decorated beautifully for Christmas. Our party was catered by Starfire Grill in Florence and very delicious.

My company has a wellness program that offers yoga after work. I worked slightly later to go to yoga and avoid interstate rush hour traffic. The yoga teacher, Misty, lead us through a 45 minute Christmas-themed class and gave us all a CD of the music.

I do a stretching routine each night, but this was my first time doing an extended yoga practice in about a month, and my body really needed it. Maybe my next visit to the corporate office will be on a yoga day so I can participate again.

Friday: No workout. I worked and made two trips to Mt. Pleasant to the mechanic since Clay’s car was there and he needed a ride home and to pick it up. Fortunately, his car is out of the shop now, and unfortunately we are a few hundred dollars poorer. Womp.

Saturday: Nexton Cocoa Cup 5K (23:09). 7.5 miles total.


U-G-L-Y. Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, race. My last two tempo runs were faster than this!

My time was embarrassing and doesn’t reflect my training or what I’m capable of. Bad days and bad runs are a part of life, though, and sometimes they fall on race day. I finished uninjured (always #1 goal) and can keep training and run another 5K race in a few weeks before the half.

Hopefully I just needed to get the bad race out of the way so that the Charleston Half Marathon can be a good race.

Sunday: The positive side of not feeling it during your Saturday 5K? Spring-y legs for a cutback long run.

I ran 12 miles total at just below 8 min/mile pace. I ran the first 4 solo, then headed out with the OnShore Run Club for the last 8, where I ran with Tom and Chris.

I skipped brunch to head home and drink a frappucino protein shake and watch TV with Clay. We had a lazy Sunday and watched Scrooged, and after this week, that was fine with me.

I hope everyone has a great week and happy holidays!

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17 Responses to Training for the Charleston Half Marathon (Dec 15-21)

  1. I can’t wait to put more miles on my Wave Rider 18s! Love them 🙂

  2. LilMysNinja says:

    Your week is still so much better than mine! Work is really taking its toll on me so I can totally relate to the fatigue. Great job on your workout week. I only got in two days of running. I’m totally over the 10-12 hour days and even though I run with Elijah, I still hate running in the dark too. 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yikes, I hope you can get some runs in soon. This is a busy time of year with life and I’ve had a lot going on with work too. I’m on a few big projects I want to finish up before the holidays, you know?

  3. Hollie says:

    Parking garages and bridges are my choice for hills as well. They work extremely well and honestly if you aren’t racing really hilly races, there isn’t a need to find every hill imaginable.

  4. Phew!! What a week you had! Hopefully some easier days are ahead for you. Awesome training week!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Lazy Sundays are the best! First time I’ve heard of garage running <–so SMART! That is so nice that your company offers yoga as part of their wellness/corporate benefit, I wish my company did that!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yoga at work is a great benefit. It’s right after work, so just take your clothes and get it done. Plus it’s very calming after a stressful day, and it’s the kind of workout that anyone can adapt and do.

  6. Okay… I’ve tried three times to reply to this post! Hopefully my comment gets sent through this time… Grrr. Fourth times the fortunate try, right?

    I’m glad to see that training is going well. Aw, sorry that you feel the Cocoa 5K was a bad race. Even your “bad” time though would have been a really good time for me. But then, I’m not a runner, so maybe that’s why I don’t see it as “bad.”

    Love the shoes! Blue for Christmastime! At least, it seems like a lot of people around here have blue decorations and lights for Christmas, which is different this year.

    Have a good one!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks Becca. It was just a really rough day for me on Saturday. My head wasn’t in the game and I got very discouraged with myself. Sometimes it’s so hard to have confidence, even when you have solid training runs and friends/coach who believe in you. But, that goes for most things in life, not just running.

      The shoes are great. I have only worn them once but I love them. I have a black/gray pair but the blue is so much brighter and fun!

  7. harveylisam says:

    48 miles! Girl!! That plus life = I can totally understand being tired. 🙂

  8. So sorry about your 5K, but you did get in a ton of mileage, plus cross training. I need your motivation. You are awesome.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks Abby. I just felt really off on Saturday. Holidays are stressful and work was kinda busy last week too. I’m so glad all my friends were there and encouraging about it, I definitely needed a hug after that nightmare race 😦

  9. supereli23 says:

    Love the color of those shoes! Also, we all have bad training weeks…better to get those bad runs out of the way now rather than closer to race day! 🙂

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