Happy Monday, everyone!
I spent last week tapering for the Historic Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge Half Marathon on Saturday. I had a wonderful race, finishing in 1:41:43 and placing third female overall (it was a small race).
Best of all, I spent time with friends and family and celebrated a successful Fall season of training. I’ll write a complete recap of the half marathon later this week.
||BodyPump + 60 minutes Arc Trainer
|Wednesday||Sunrise Yoga + 5.3 miles (track)|
|Saturday||Historic Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge Half (1:41:43)|
|Sunday||3 mile recovery run + 2.5 mile walk|
|Total||35.5 miles, 1 BodyPump, 1 Sunrise Yoga, 60 minutes Arc Trainer|
Training this week wasn’t too exciting. All my runs were easy except for Wednesday (track) and Saturday’s race. The weather finally cooled down, so training was enjoyable again!
On Wednesday, the track workout was 12 X 400, but since I was racing, I opted to run 8 x 400 and then finished off with a mile at close to half marathon goal pace. According to my watch, the last four 400s were below 6:00 min/mile pace. I still think that’s wrong, but everyone ran super fast at track.
Melissa and I ran the last mile together at a 7:50 pace after the 8 x 400 and while chatting and that was a big confidence booster before Saturday’s half marathon.
Saturday’s Bridge 2 Bridge half marathon was great. Charleston runners represented in Georgetown, and many of us placed or set new PRs on a difficult course with three bridges that you run over twice and rough headwinds.
I’m glad I stuck with the Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge race, even if the course was tough. It’s a great small-town race that promotes health and fitness in an area that needs events like this.
My official time was 1:41:43, which is a 7 second PR from February’s Save the Light Half Marathon. I feel like this PR is worth more than 7 seconds, because the Georgetown course is *much* harder than Folly Beach.
My Garmin logged the Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge course as 13.34, and I set a Garmin PR of a 1:40:07 half. All of us logged 13.3 on our watches, and while I’m no slave to the Garmin, I think I could run sub-1:40 on a flat course. Until then, I’ll consider 1:41:43 my official PR.
I can’t write about Saturday without mentioning the rest of the Flowertown Flash (Summerville speedwork) track group. Everyone who ran the Sweet Tea Half Marathon in Summerville met their training goals most and set new PRs. It was great coming home and reading about everyone’s PRs. We push each other on Wednesdays, and it’s paying off on race days. Here’s a picture of Theresa, Tammie, Melissa, and Jon at the Sweet Tea Half.
Finally, on Sunday, I headed out to Hampton Park for the OnShore Racing Group Run. I let most of the group go today and opted for a 3 mile recovery run followed by a 2.5 mile walk around downtown Charleston.
Sunday was a beautiful day, and my legs feel much better. Walking as cross training and post-race recovery is way underrated, and I know that taking it easy for a few days will make all the difference when I race again.
After my run and walk, Clay and I went to Costco and out to Mex 1 Coastal Cantina for lunch (shrimp tacos!). Then, we relaxed with football for the rest of Sunday.
Congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend, and I hope we all have a wonderful week! Almost time for turkey, turkey trots, Thanksgiving, family, and Black Friday!