Another week of training down. I changed my workouts a little this week, and it was a tough week of running even with fewer miles.
It’s still cool enough to run outside any time of day, but I’m experimenting with some classes at the gym to find fun ways to cross-train on the really hot afternoons when I can’t don’t want to run. With no key races coming up, summer is the perfect time to try a new workout. I also ran some mornings this week to adjust to waking up early.
Cross training and indoor workouts are cool, but I’m a runner who lives and still has to train in South Carolina. Dealing with the heat is life here.
This week, I ran 37 miles. I also did a spin class and a sunrise yoga class.
Monday: 60 minute spin class
Tuesday: 8.1 miles
Wednesday: 5.3 miles (speedwork) + 60 minute sunrise yoga
Thursday: 5.5 miles
Friday: No workout
Saturday: 7 miles, including the WAHS Dash Thru The Den 5K (21:30- short course)
Sunday: 11 miles + sports massage
I tried a spin class at the gym on Monday afternoon. It was my first time taking spin with that instructor and I really liked it. Plus, hot yoga meets after spin if I want some extra stretching.
I came out of spin class to a completely deflated flat tire. Fortunately, I was at the gym and the worker and another guy who parked near me and finished his workout got the spare/donut on so I could get home. Flat tires suck, but so many people asked if I was okay or offered to help which was really nice. If you have to get a flat tire, the gym is the place for it to happen.
On Tuesday, I took my car to the tire shop, arriving 45 minutes early (I thought they opened at 7 AM not 7:30), so I ended up running 4 miles while waiting for them to open and then another 4 miles while they got the new tire on. I’ve spent over $600 on car repairs in less than a week, and while I’m going broke, at least I had a nice 8 miler to start the day.
On Wednesday, I did speedwork at the track and we ran 12×400. It was the hardest workout I’ve run in a long time, and I felt it that night. We had thunderstorms all day, and while the weather cleared up for speedwork, it was still very humid and this weird steam was coming up from the track. For what it’s worth, it was 77 degrees, 89% humidity.
Since I’m financially spent from car repairs, I didn’t go out for recovery beverages afterward. Once I got home, I drank a protein shake for my physically spent speedwork-ed muscles.
Saturday, I ran the Dash Thru The Den 5K, which was directed by the West Ashley High School DECA. DECA is a club that’s a little like Future Business Leaders of America, which I was in while in high school, and the students are raising money for a trip to the DECA convention in Nashville, Tenn.
The 5K was on the WAHS campus, about 4-5 miles from my house, and included track, trail, and roads. The students did an amazing job directing the race, promoting it registering runners and walkers, securing sponsors, acting as course marshals, cheering, and supporting the runners. Dash Thru The Den was a great first-year race for the West Ashley area.
On Sunday, I ran an 11 mile long run with OnShore Racing. It was a beautiful morning with low humidity and a nice breeze and my longest run since the May Day Half Marathon. I left the run and immediately went to my sports massage therapist (Side note: If you’re in Charleston and need a massage therapist, let me know and I’ll give you her name and number. Both Clay and I go to her and she works on runners from local elites to beginners and also Crossfitters). My massage was amazing and I will be returning in 3 weeks.
I don’t have any races coming up until June, so I plan to keep training hard and beating the heat as well as I can. Happy Memorial Day, and have a great week!