I hope everyone’s had a great Christmas and happy holiday season.
Since we’re 3 weeks out from race day, this was my final “up” week before the Charleston Half Marathon. From now on, I will do shorter long runs, some speedwork, and cut my mileage a little each week.
I’m giving 100% in my training, and there’s a lot of satisfaction in being able to say that, but I’m not super confident right now. I’m running the Recycle, Reuse, and Renew 5K on New Year’s Day, and while I’m not looking for a PR, I could use the boost from a good race.
Last week, I ran 45 miles and did 3 group fitness classes- BodyPump, Spin, and CXWORX/Pump Combo.
Monday: 6 AM BodyPump. I went heavier on the chest track and the back track. I definitely felt it on the chest track in the end, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
I planned to run the bridge was some friends on Monday afternoon, but since our washing machine died unexpectedly on Sunday, I had to bail and spend Monday afternoon (and all our Christmas money) in Lowe’s. So, I ran a new 7 mile route I found in the neighborhood after BodyPump.
Tuesday: I hit the track for some intervals early that morning. I warmed up, ran 6 x 800 intervals, then cooled down (6.2 miles total). It wasn’t as fast as I would’ve liked, but I got through the workout and didn’t take long recoveries.
Our washing machine was delivered that afternoon. It’s high-efficiency, high dollar, and plays music when the clothes are finished! But the real test is if it eats my running socks…
Wednesday: It rained all morning and we were under a tornado watch, so no running for me.
I went to the gym for a spin class followed by another class that was a combination of CXWORX and BodyPump that the instructor made up. It was a good workout, although I went to the gym expecting a Les Mills class and basically got boot camp.
The instructor also made “motivational speeches” about how our fat cells should cry. It was a great reminder of why I typically avoid the gym and cross training in general.
Thursday: No workout. Merry Christmas!
We spent the day with family in Hartsville and I ate my weight in nut cake, carrot cake, and chocolate cake. Hooray carbs!
Friday: Last long run for 2014 is in the books… err, training logs! Virginia and I hit the Sawmill Branch Trail for 16 miles. Our pace for today’s 16 was slightly faster than the 15 miles 2 weeks ago. She is trying to PR at the Hilton Head Marathon and if she keeps this pace, she should do it!
That afternoon, Clay and I went out for Mexican food and also did some after Christmas shopping. We bought a new Christmas tree at Lowe’s. This one is either a 7 foot or 9 foot depending on some attachment you can build into it. It was on sale for 50% off and a real adventure getting it home in a Honda Civic.
Saturday: 8 miles easy with David (DoomBuggyRunner) and Luke in Mt. Pleasant.
We ran in the Shem Creek/Old Village area, and the homes were beautifully decorated for the holidays! The scenery of Shem Creek, Old Village, Waterfront Park, and the company were well worth the 6 AM wakeup call.
Sunday: 8 miles at OnShore Run Club. It was a beautiful morning to run and very warm out. If it wasn’t the week of Christmas and holiday eating, it would’ve been sports bra or shirt-free weather.
I ran a pretty speedy pace that I’d love to hold during the race, but 8 miles with water stops/breaks is different than running 13.1 miles continuously.
I hope everyone had a great week! Less than three weeks until race day…