This week wasn’t all that amazing. I logged a 40 mile week on paper but it felt extremely hard. When you live in Charleston, a 40 mile week in May is a lot tougher than a 40 mile week in January.
I managed to get 6 runs in this week. I’m running while I can because I know in June, July, and August, it will be 90+ every day with high humidity and I’ll likely cut back to 5 days a week and cross train more. I don’t want to hop on the spin bike until I have to…
This week, I ran 40 miles. I also did two strength workouts and a yoga class.
Monday: 5.25 miles + Strength training (lower body)
Tuesday: Strength training (upper body)
Wednesday: 5.5 miles speedwork (400s and 800s) + sunrise yoga
Thursday: 7.1 miles, including Race the Landing 5K (22:48)
Friday: 6.1 miles
Saturday: 6.1 miles
Sunday: 10 miles
Mistake #1: I started out the week with a killer leg workout on Monday. I strength train occasionally but like most runners, I’m not serious about lifting weights. I didn’t feel like I lifted too heavy, but my legs were screaming at me Monday evening and all day Tuesday. I hardly wanted to walk let alone run.
I went to yoga Wednesday morning and my legs felt better, so I went to the track that night. We warmed up, then ran 3 sets of 400, 400, 800 repeats. Once again, it didn’t *feel* hard, and the pace on my watch didn’t indicate that I ran super hard… but I probably ran a little harder than I should’ve (Mistake #2).
Kendall from the Summerville Tri Club came out to take some pictures of us during the workout and he got some great shots.
After the workout, Virginia and I went to Montreux for recovery beverages. Mine’s the berry flavored one because I clearly had a lot to recover from (she did too, she had another).
Thursday was my weekly “race-out”, the Race the Landing 5K. It’s an evening series and since it’s summer I’m not trying to PR them but use them as hard runs/workouts. I ran a 22:48 to win my age group. I ran 8 seconds slower than the previous week, but it’s okay because slow is the new fast.
I know Monday’s leg workout and Wednesday’s speedwork had a lot to do with it, but I didn’t really care about the time in the race, either. My goal is to complete all 5 series races as hard weekly workouts. After years of running, I have the morning pre-race routine down, but evening races are tough because I think about them all day and never know what to eat for lunch.
It was great hanging out with the Race the Landing regulars, too. We had 287 finishers Thursday night, and the runs are getting bigger each year and each week. I am glad we don’t have another Race the Landing until June because I need a break from Thursday evening races.
Friday and Saturday’s runs were uneventful. I thought about jumping into another 5K on Saturday but was too cheap to pay the $35 fee so I did a training run on the Greenway. I went shopping at Marshall’s and spent more than $35 on running clothes, so next time I will just race…
On Sunday, I did my usual 10 mile long run with OnShore Racing Sunday group. We had a big crowd, as usual, but I skipped brunch afterwards because I forgot a change of clothes and was so sweaty. My friend Erica asked me if I poured water on myself (I went to the car after the run), and I was like nope, this is all my sweat.
It was 77 degrees and 79% humidity when we started our run, which really isn’t *that* bad, but 10 miles is a long time to sweat.
This week, I’ll hit the track again and plan to jump into a local 5K on Saturday morning, but other than that, I’m taking things day by day. I hope everyone has a good week!