What happened to Spring here in Charleston? It was 80 degrees or above on all my weekday runs, and while 80 degrees isn’t hot, it *is* hot for early April. With the heat, I took it easy most days.
It looks like racing weather is over and survival season is upon us in Charleston, but I’ll hold out that we have a coldfront on a random Thursday night or Saturday morning where I happen to race a 5K.
I was also a lone wolf runner all week and only ran once with others. Thankfully, it was the most important training run of the week- the speed workout. I had a lot going on this week and it never worked out for me to run with my friends and training partners. Brian and Ashley, our college friends from Columbia, visited this weekend, so we went out for Mexican and margaritas on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning.
This week, I ran 44 miles. I also did a yoga class and one strength training workout.
Monday: Strength training (lower body)
Tuesday: 6.2 miles (easy + strides)
Wednesday: Sunrise Yoga + 5.3 miles (track/speedwork)
Thursday: 8.6 miles (easy)
Friday: 6.2 miles (easy)
Saturday: 11.1 miles (long run)
Sunday: 6.5 miles (easy/recovery)
Since I stopped BodyPump (instructor change), Clay and I went to the gym together on Monday morning and both of us did a lower body/leg workout. Clay showed me some exercises and I used a lot of free weights and only a few machines. I’m not a fan of gym machines because they isolate muscles and even adjusted to the lowest setting, sometimes the machines don’t fit my body well.
My reason for strength training is not to change how my body looks, build muscle, or make “gainz”- I strength train to stay injury-free and because it’s important for women’s bone strength as we age. I perform a lot of reps and don’t lift extremely heavy weights, and my presence in that area of the gym just screamed clueless distance runner. I was glad Clay was at the gym, otherwise I would be “gym-timidated”.
Since I lifted, I didn’t run on Monday and the first few miles of my Tuesday run were pretty sore. Ouch. But… I took my New Balance Fresh Foam Zante shoes for a test run and they were great. This is my first pair of New Balance, but I love them so far.
The Summerville Tri Club set up a speedwork night, so on Wednesday, I met up with them at the Gahagan Park track. Our workout was a ladder- 800, 400, 200, 200, 400, and 800. The track isn’t lined and is around the small fry football practice field, and it is a little short, so we had to run beyond the finish to hit the distances. The workouts are moving to the high school in a few weeks, which means correct distances and faster runs on a real track.
Running intervals with others was a lot of fun, and all my paces were faster than when I run intervals on the roads by myself. After the workout, some of us went to Montreaux for recovery beverages and appetizers.
Aside from speedwork, the rest of my runs were easy-peasy. I mostly ran in the neighborhood, which gets monotonous and there’s not much to see here (I live in a suburb on the edge of a rural area). Driving to the local coffee shop, running from there, and post-run coffee is starting to look really appealing.
It’s supposed to rain a LOT this week, so maybe I’ll cut my training back. Or maybe not- I like food too much. Happy running!