Despite rainy, muggy weather, I got my training in this week- and I was happy to share some runs with training partners and friends. This week was rainy, but it’s a dry month for road racing in Charleston, so I miss my usual Saturday running socialization.
If there’s one upside to so few road races lately, I’m saving money for entry fees for races in May and June. I have my race schedule planned and budget race fees from each paycheck, and I’m thankful Charleston has so many great local races that I don’t have to leave to race.
My next race is the May Day Half Marathon, which is a glorified long run in preparation for this summer’s Race the Landing 5K Series. After dealing with last year’s stress reaction and missing 2 of the 5Ks due to injury, I hope to complete all the 5Ks this year so I’m eligible for series awards.
This week, I ran 47 miles. I also did a yoga class and one strength training workout.
Monday: Strength training (upper body)
Tuesday: 7.28 miles (Cooper River Bridge)
Wednesday: Sunrise Yoga + 7.2 miles (Parking garage route + extra for challenge)
Thursday: 7.85 miles (Progression Run, started at 8:48 pace and progressed to 7:23 for the last mile)
Friday: 7.15 miles easy
Saturday: 7.5 miles track workout. 1.5 mile warmup, 4 x 1 mile (400m jog recovery), 1 mile cooldown.
Sunday: 10 mile easy/long run
I ran a lot of 7 milers this week because of a Lucky 7 Challenge with Fitness World Run Club, my Pee Dee/Florence run group. I don’t live there anymore, but they let me stick around and participate in their challenges.
The challenge is running at least 7.14 miles a day for 7 days straight, which is a 50 mile week. You can run more. You can also do run/walk or break it into doubles if you have to. It’s versatile so everyone can participate. I’ve learned a lot from it and will blog about it once it’s over (Monday is the last of my 7 days).
I had some great workouts this week! We had a big crowd for the garage run, where we sprint the inlines and run easy on the way down and throughout downtown Charleston. Tom, Larry, and Baxley pushed the pace with faster recoveries (they are faster runners), and it made everyone else dig a little deeper too.
Saturday, I ventured to the track for some mile repeats. Speedwork is tough when you’re alone (especially mile repeats), but my splits were 7:26(???), 7:01, 6:58, and 7:05. This workout made me remember why I love the track- just not for 7.5 miles.
On Sunday, I did my typical OnShore Racing run with the group. I ran at an easy, conversational pace with some people who were finishing up their last 20 miler before the May Day Marathon. It felt like 1000% humidity but it was only 68 degrees and 94%. We had some new runners today and that was fun too.
I hope everyone had a good week and best wishes to my friends running Boston today- I’m recording all the coverage and can’t wait to geek out watching it and seeing my friends’ Facebook posts tonight. Have a great week, and run fastah!