I spent this week recovering from the Historic Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge Half Marathon.
Saturday, I planned to “race-out” a 5K, which is my term for running a race as a workout, usually a hard tempo run. Let’s be honest- I always push myself just a little harder when I pin the race number on.
When my alarm went off at 5:50 AM, I turned it off and rolled over, knowing I wasn’t mentally or physically recovered from my half. I travelled for work this week, so my nutrition, workouts, and sleep were off. I did speedwork on Wednesday and knew my body couldn’t handle 2 workouts the week after racing a half.
After running for almost 6 years, I’ve learned I don’t immediately bounce back from races, especially if it’s a longer distance or PR. I’m not running when it doesn’t feel right. Later in the morning, I had a major case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
Two days later I still have the FOMO… but with the Florence Turkey Trot in just a few days, it was probably a smart decision. I don’t want my turkey trot to turn into a Gobble Hobble.
I’m off work for Thanksgiving and Black Friday next week, so I should have time to get my mileage back up. Plus, the Florence Turkey Trot is a 5K, and I’d love to do well and maybe even PR. Guess we’ll see what happens!
|Monday||BodyPump + 5 miles|
|Tuesday||Kettle bell fitness + 2 miles|
|Wednesday||7 miles (track)|
|Sunday||10 miles (including HMP tempo)|
|Total||38 miles + 2 strength training workouts|
On Monday morning, I headed to BodyPump bright and early because I went out of town this week and didn’t want to skip strength training. Since I was in recovery mode, I took it very easy on the leg tracks- but I plan to go back to my usual weight next week.
On Tuesday, I was in Florence for work. Since group fitness is always more fun than hotel treadmills, I joined my friend Kristina’s kettlebell fitness class at Fitness World Gyms. Kristina is really passionate about teaching kettlebells, so I paid a $5 guest fee for her to kick my tail. In the end, it felt like I was kicked in the stomach- my core was still feeling the (great but tough) workout on Friday!
Wednesday’s track workout was different. We ran a 1 mile warmup, 3 x 1200m with 400m recovery, then 4 x 600m with 200m recovery, and a 1 mile cooldown. The workout totaled 7 miles and was the longest track workout we’ve done.
My Garmin went kaput, so I did the entire workout by feel and have no clue what my paces were. It was kind of nice to avoid the Garmin pressure, especially since my legs were still recovering from the half. We headed to Montreaux after for recovery beverages and hanging out.
Thursday’s run was another easy 5 miles in the crazy Charleston humidity, which sticks around year-round. At 7:00 AM, it was 77 degrees and 100% humidity on my run. I thought about how people in their cars were listening to Christmas music while it felt like June. I was grateful for rain in the last half mile.
Instead of racing that local 5K, I ran 9 miles around Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, then headed to the Laurel Hill to cheer on some friends running the Ultra Chili 50K and Relay. Everyone was having fun and I enjoyed cheering and chatting. The OnShore Racing Team took the top relay spots on a very muddy trail course.
I spent Saturday afternoon eating shrimp tacos from Charleston Sports Pub and watching Gamecock football. The shrimp tacos were delicious, but the South Carolina vs. The Citadel game was three and a half hours of life I’ll never get back. We’ve been terrible this year.
On Sunday, I ran a total of 10 miles with the OnShore Racing group. I ran it as a tempo workout and included a few miles at half marathon pace. Now that the weather’s cooler, I want to run more pace-specific work before the Charleston Half Marathon. We had a good crowd at the run, and I headed off for a sports massage when I was done. I came home to a delicious Apollo pizza from South of Philly pizzeria– hooray for Clay bringing home pizza.
I hope everyone has a great week- we all have a lot to be thankful for!