Happy Monday! Normally I write this post throughout the week with my daily thoughts on each run or workout. This week, I did a lousy job because I was busy with work and running, so I don’t have many pictures.
My next half marathon is the All American (Half) Marathon on March 22 in Fayetteville, NC. If you’d like to run it, use the discount code 5AMB2015 to save 10% off the registration fee. I’m a race ambassador and it seems like it’ll be a nice excuse for a girls getaway, as tons of people from Charleston are running it.
While the race is called the All American Marathon, there is a half marathon for those of us who are only half crazy- or also training for the Cooper River Bridge Run on March 28.
This week, I ran 40 miles and did a BodyPump class and a yoga class.
Monday: BodyPump + 5 miles easy/untimed.
Tuesday: 5 miles, including 2-mile tempo (7:21/mi pace).
Wednesday: 5.5 mile garage run.
Thursday: 5 miles (7:57 pace), plus 1/2 mile untimed cooldown.
Friday: No workout.
Saturday: Save the Light Half Marathon (1:41:50). Full review will come later this week!
Sunday: 6 mile recovery run (10 min/mile) + 1 hour yoga.
Last Saturday, I signed up for the Save the Light Half Marathon with a goal of practicing pacing. Since this wasn’t a goal race for me, I didn’t cut back on training. Turns out, what feels like holding back in the beginning translates into nice PRs- who would’ve thought?
Tuesday’s tempo run was a nightmare. My goal was to run the two miles at 10K pace, and while the first mile was spot-on, my stomach starting hurting after that. I run six days a week and usually have one run each week that stands out as the worst. With a race coming up, I put a positive thinking spin on it and figured I got my bad run out of the way early.
Wednesday and Thursday were better, giving me confidence before Saturday’s race. Thursday was Brew Run, which is a team effort between TrySports Mt. Pleasant, The Bridge 105.5 and Michelob Ultra. Brew Run was at Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island, where we had a great run and a big crowd, but Dunleavy’s was not that great. Most runners didn’t eat or ended up leaving to eat/drink somewhere else- the waitress never took our orders. We took a group picture but I can’t find it anywhere.
Saturday’s Save the Light Half Marathon was probably one of the best executed races I’ve ever run. I didn’t get 90 seconds faster in the three weeks since the Charleston Half Marathon, but I raced smarter. My friend Tom told me to start at the pace I wanted to finish at, and the strategy worked. Everyone thought I got faster at the end because I was passing people, when I maintained even effort.
My race started at Mile 8, as I started picking people off and passing. Only three guys passed me (one guy blew past everyone!), no ladies. I looked at my watch every mile and felt encouraged to keep the pace up. It resulted in a 1:41:50 finish time- I hope to run a 1:39 half sometime this year!
Clay and I celebrated that night, trying Fire Street Food downtown. It was cheap and the food was decent, but I wouldn’t make an effort to go back. We had plans for somewhere fancier, but they were booked so we ended up there because I had the post-race RUNger.
Sunday was a gorgeous day, and I ran 6 recovery miles with OnShore Run Club. Since I raced Saturday, I ran with some people who are new to Charleston and talked to them about the city and running culture here. We ran a slightly different route and it was lots of fun. My legs felt better after the recovery run; my right hip felt a little wonky, but yoga seemed to help, a bit.
I hope everyone had a great week!