The weekend is over and it’s Monday!
I read this great quote on the Hungry Runner Girl blog. You can apply it to running, any sport or other areas of life. I posted it by my desk for when I need the encouragement.
My training last week wasn’t without a small setback. I knew it would happen because my runs were going *too* well. I had an achy gluteus medius and was scared it was the old TFL/Glute Med/Piriformis issue from last Spring. With a few important races coming up, I didn’t want this “niggle” to turn into an injury, so I’ve been foam rolling and a using self-massager tool on it. I’ll also get another sports massage and new running shoes soon.
The temperatures have cooled down here, which makes it hard to hold back the pace when I should’ve been running easy. I ran a few hard days back-to-back and am reminding myself that easy and slow is the new fast, unless I’m at the track, tempo, or racing. You can’t go wrong with listening to your body and logging easy aerobic miles.
Monday: BodyPump + 7.4 miles (Fleet Feet Group Run)
Tuesday: 6.65 miles
Wednesday: Sunrise Yoga + 6 miles (Parking Garage Run)
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: 12.1 miles
Saturday: No workout.
Sunday: 8.1 miles (Cooper River Bridge)
Total: 45.25 miles, 1 BodyPump class, 1 yoga class
On Monday, I went to the Fleet Feet group run at the Summerville store. Monday’s run was a “Power Hour” sponsored by Brooks Running. Fleet Feet mapped out a 3-mile and 5-mile route. Everyone logged their miles on the sign in sheet, and the store whose “Power Hour” runs the most miles gets some kind of donation for charity. The guy and girl who ran the most miles during the group run also received a free pair of Brooks shoes.
The weather was beautiful- 79 degrees and only 39% humidity. I guess I forgot that humidity could ever fall below 90% and took off running with my track pal Jon. I had one of my fastest runs in a long time and it was a great tempo workout. I’d love to hold that pace in an upcoming half marathon!
Everyone decided to cancel Wednesday’s track run and go to the Fleet Feet Pub Run, but I opted to run downtown instead and ran the 6-mile garage route with some friends who I hadn’t seen or run with in awhile. I love our downtown route and figured the garages couldn’t hurt with the Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge Half Marathon in a few weeks. Unfortunately, this run was when the glute issue started again- yuck!
Fortunately, Thursday morning’s run was very easy and fun. I met up with Alison, a DailyMile friend whose followed the blog for a few years now. She was in Charleston for a conference for librarians and wanted to get a run in, and since she was staying at Middleton Place, we had an awesome run that morning at 6 AM. We took it easy and talked a lot about Charleston, and afterwards, I foam rolled really, really well.
I ran a pain-free long run on Friday before leaving town for a weekend in Myrtle Beach. I’d originally planned for 13 because I like to run at least one 13-miler before a half, but I decided one more mile wasn’t worth risking with the piriformis/TFL/glute. The heat and humidity were back in action, so I was ready to be done at 12 anyway.
Since we were out of town visiting college friends, I took Saturday as well as Sunday morning off completely. My weekend was very productive when it came to food, friends, reading, and tanning, though. We came back to Charleston on Sunday, so I got my run in that afternoon on the Cooper River Bridge. On our drive back from the beach, we drove over the bridges on the course of my upcoming half marathon, so it was a great motivator to run the bridge even if it was 88 degrees outside.
This week, I hope to get another bridge run in and my last long run before the half and do a few group runs too. Not much longer until this half marathon and a few other 5Ks I’m looking forward to this Fall.