Happy New Year everyone! Time for the first official training log blog of 2015.
With less than two weeks left until the Charleston Half Marathon, I’ve thought about tapering- and I’ve decided to cut back by only a couple miles. I plan to do the same speedwork I did the week I ran the spontaneous 13.1 mile training run PR- but early enough in the week to recover. I’ll also take my normal days off. My rest that week will be through extra sleep, chilling out, and hopefully not stressing about the race too much.
Sidenote: This is why you should keep a detailed training log- so you know which workouts, days off, and trends are helping you improve.
Last week, I ran 36.5 miles. I also did one weights workout, one core workout, and 10 miles on the spin bike (instead of a recovery run).
Monday: Weights + 5 miles easy/progressive.
I headed to the gym for 6 AM BodyPump and waited around with the other 6 AM Pumpers until we figured out we wouldn’t have an instructor. It stinks to wake up that early for a class and not have an instructor. I ended up lifting weights and some machines. I generally hate machines (they’re not designed for short people), but I got about 45 minutes of lifting in before calling it a day at the gym.
I really considered taking today off, but reading Peyton’s Page and thinking of Noah and Jen, I ran 5 easy but progressively faster, rainy, miles in honor of Peyton. I took a selfie that looks like I’m wearing a Christmas wreath as a hat.
Tuesday: 5 miles easy. I was super sore from Monday’s weights- I always do BodyPump so lifting in another way and changing it up caught my muscles off guard.
I ran with Virginia, Dinoca, David, Gracie, and Brian on the You Can’t Run From Love 8K course here in West Ashley. The race is on Valentine’s Day and is part road, part trail.
David hit 1,000 miles for the year during this run, and we all went out to Parson Jack’s Café for drinks and food to celebrate. Parson Jack’s is a race sponsor and will host the after party, so I’m trying to give them my business- always great to support local businesses that support runners.
Wednesday: No workout. New Year’s Eve and traditional day off of running before a race. We didn’t do anything special for New Year’s Eve- just stayed home and watched football.
Thursday: 6 miles. I ran the Recycle, Reuse, Renew 5K at Charles Towne Landing. I finished in 22:18, and while it was far from a personal record, it was my fastest time on the Race the Landing course. Since it was my first 5K of 2015, it was also my fastest 5K of the year.
I placed second female overall and won this cool award from 1991. I love the January race because of the vintage awards, donated race shirts, and homemade soup, chili, and cornbread that the Friends of Charles Towne Landing provide for the runners.
I also ran a few miles to warm up and cool down, for a total of 6 miles for the day. I will have a race recap coming up this week.
Friday: I planned to do a 4-mile recovery run, but I woke up late and was a little sore from yesterday’s race. Admittedly, I didn’t do a good job of stretching on Thursday night.
Clay was heading to the gym that afternoon, so I tagged along and rode 10 miles on the bike and did a core workout. I listened to a podcast, and it was nice going to the gym with Clay instead of running, just to change it up.
We came home from the gym and Clay cooked a delicious salmon dinner!
Saturday: 12.2 miles.
TrySports Mount Pleasant hosted a preview run of the Charleston half and full marathon courses. I opted for the 12-miler because I needed a weekly long run, and I already know the half marathon course pretty well from racing it in 2013 and pacing the 2:30 half last year.
Jason, Michael, another guy (I didn’t get his name), and I ran together, and Steven kept us company on the bike, telling us directions, chatting, and taking a few pictures. Our pace was spot on 8 minute/mile, and it was fun running with different guys on a different route.
TrySports always does a great job with the Charleston Marathon Pre-Run, and I’m thankful for all they do to support the local races and athletes. The staff members organized the run and pace groups, rode along with us on bikes, and Peggy even drove the course and rang the cowbell for us! We also had coffee and hot chocolate from The Orange Spot after the run.
Sunday: 8 miles with the OnShore Sunday Run Group.
The average pace was only a tad slower than Saturday’s long run. A group of us were running together and kept saying we were going to slow the pace at each landmark/water stop but we never did. Oops.
I was very satisfied with the run because Saturday’s 12 miler was a pretty tough run. I talked to Howie about what to do over the next two weeks and got some great advice/motivation from Eric as well. Did I mention it’s awesome to have experts running with us on Sunday?
I also got a sports massage on Sunday afternoon- my first ever sports massage. I feel like I have a completely new set of legs. The massage was great, and she stretched me out so I felt like I got a second workout in.
Two weeks to go, and it’s down to the wire. Happy January!