It’s race week, guys!
I cut back on mileage this week, but I still ran my usual six days. You shouldn’t change anything on race week, so I stuck with what works.
It worked well, as I PRed the Charleston Marathon Half Marathon. I ran 13.45 miles in 1:44:58.
The police took a wrong turn onto Rutledge Avenue instead of Ashley Avenue, so everyone ran an extra two blocks. My GPS watch said my half marathon time was 1:42:23, which means I met my B goal of finishing under 1:45, and *almost* met my A goal of finishing under 1:42.
And now, the regularly schedule workout recap.
Monday: AM BodyPump + 3 miles. It was cloudy, but the humidity was high and it reminded me of summer!
Tuesday: 3.2 miles. Warmup, two 1/2 mile intervals, cooldown.
Wednesday: AM BodyPump + 7 miles, including 5 miles downtown with Steve, Richie, and Kaitlin. We did some surges/sprints down Queen Street.
Thursday: 4 miles. 2 mile warmup, 4 x 400s, 1 mile cooldown.
Friday: No workout.
Saturday: 13.5 miles. Charleston Half Marathon and a new PR! I’ll write a full recap later this week.
Sunday: 5 mile recovery run.
Total: 36 miles of running and 2 BodyPump classes.
I started speedwork again Tuesday night. I’m in a program through MUSC geared toward preparing us for the Cooper River Bridge Run in March. Since it was the first night, everyone warmed up, ran two 1/2 mile intervals, then cooled down. It was cold and rainy, and with a half marathon coming up, I took it easy on the intervals.
On Wednesday and Thursday, I did some short speedwork to keep the legs moving for Saturday, but I still kept the run shorter than usual. Last week, I discovered that one of the side streets in my neighborhood is almost exactly .25 miles from the stop sign to the last mailbox. The street doesn’t have much traffic, so it’s perfect for throwing a few intervals at the end of a run.
On Sunday, I went to OnShore Run Club, and while my training partners (and most run clubbers) ran 8 miles, I just ran a 5 mile recovery run. We had a big crowd for Run Club and also for brunch at Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, where I had a delicious vegetarian quiche.
Next week will be a recovery week. I’ve been training since September without even two consecutive days off. 40 miles in a week isn’t high mileage, but I strung four months of hard training weeks together, then set a half marathon PR, so my body needs a break.
I hope everyone had a great week. Congratulations to those who ran one of the Charleston Marathon races this weekend, or any races in other cities!