Backing off on mileage is tough, but a healthy runner always outruns an injured one.
With a big release on the horizon at work, as well as out of town travel for a wedding, I ran fewer miles this week. I was busy, so I squeezed in a few miles when I could. The last 5 weeks have all been in the 40s, so I knew a week in the 30s would be okay, especially since I ran the May Day Half Marathon last week. I had two races this week, so I still had a lot of quality in there.
Since summer heat is approaching, I may cut my mileage down and incorporate more cross training. My gym offers spin classes, which seems like a nice alternative to easy running days and a great way to beat the heat. We have our first 90 degree day this week, and when the temperatures are in the 90s, running 5 days a week seems more appealing than 6.
This week, I ran 37 miles. I also did a strength training workout and a sunrise yoga class.
Monday: Strength training (upper body) + 5.2 miles.
Tuesday: 4.1 miles easy.
Wednesday: Sunrise yoga.
Thursday: 7.1 miles, including Race the Landing 5K (22:40).
Friday: 3.1 miles easy/recovery.
Saturday: 7.25 miles, including Sonoco Birthday Dash 5K (21:11, short course).
Sunday: 10 miles easy.
I ran my first two 5Ks of the summer this week- the Race the Landing 5K on Thursday night and the Sonoco Birthday Dash 5K on Saturday morning. In the last few months, my body forgot how much 5Ks hurt- but I have runner’s amnesia and forget the pain a few minutes after finishing and immediately sign up for another race.
At Race the Landing, I ditched the Garmin and ran by feel. Although I wasn’t thrilled with my time (22:40), it was fun spending time at Charles Towne Landing with Race the Landing regulars and friends. I got a finisher’s medal and a fun bear award for winning my age group.
On Friday, Clay and I travelled to Hartsville to spend the afternoon/night with his parents and go to his cousin’s wedding on Saturday. Since I was in town and needed to get a run in, I decided to run the Sonoco Birthday Dash 5K. Sonoco’s a local company in Hartsville and held a few celebrations/events this week to celebrate their company’s anniversary. Another bonus was the $20 entry fee for members of Fitness World Run Club.
The Sonoco Birthday Dash course was short (just under 3 miles), but I ran a 21:11 for first place female, overall. According to my Garmin, I ran a 7:10 pace and I was satisfied with that on a hilly course and less than 48 hours after Race the Landing.
I ate a cupcake after the race and spent a lot of time running a cool down and talking to friends from the run club.
On Sunday, I ran a 10 mile long run, slowing it down enough to recover from Thursday and Saturday and also get the endurance benefits. I ran with OnShore Racing but skipped brunch to come home, do laundry, and drink a protein shake. Since I missed Starbucks’ Half Price Frappucino Happy Hour this week, I wanted a mocha/coffee flavored shake. It was Mother’s Day so we didn’t have as many people at our group run.
This week, I plan to tackle more work, cross training, and another Race the Landing 5K. Happy running!