Happy Monday and Happy Holidays- Christmas is only a few short days away!
This week, I ran my second holiday race, the Cocoa Cup 5K in Summerville. I also logged many quality miles (hill workout, tempo, and race), as well as some cross training. I’ll be out of town for a few days this holiday season, so I’m running workouts while I can.
|Monday||60 minutes BodyPump + 6 miles (garages)|
|Wednesday||60 minutes Sunrise yoga + 5.8 miles (3 mile tempo)|
|Saturday||7.1 miles including Cocoa Cup 5K (21:45)|
|Total||44.2 miles, 1 hour BodyPump, 1 hour Yoga|
Monday morning started out with 6 AM BodyPump and ended with a garage run downtown. I love the sights and sounds of Downtown Charleston at Christmas, and the view from the tops of the garages is pretty sweet. We don’t have hills here, so we improvise by running from parking garage to parking garages, running to the top, enjoying the view, and running back down. I don’t have any hilly races coming up, but the inclines build different muscles and change up the routine.
On Wednesday, my legs felt pretty beat down, so I skipped BodyPump to sleep in a bit and went to Sunrise Yoga at 7. That evening, we cancelled our usual track workout and everyone headed to the Fleet Feet Summerville group run, where the theme was catching the gingerbread man.
Everyone who finished in front of the gingerbread man won a $10 Starbucks gift card. I was one of the lucky recipients! Those who finished behind the gingerbread man won a pair of socks, and everyone got raffle tickets for giveaways.
The run was 3 miles long, so most of us used it as a tempo run and ran a few miles before and after for a solid workout. When we got back to Fleet Feet, we had Christmas cookies and a hot chocolate bar, complete with Bailey’s and Peppermint Schnapps to make it a true “recovery beverage”. Fleet Feet also offered 20% off for everyone, so it was a great night all around.
The weather was all over the place this week, and that became a big deal because I got a weird congestion/crud. I ran easy on Thursday, but by Thursday night I was in Wal-Mart looking for antihistamines and decongestants. I started taking medicine, which helped a little, but you can’t find pseudoephedrine anywhere anymore and the other antihistamines just aren’t as good! I took Friday off running (as usual) and slept in hoping to feel better.
I didn’t feel 100% on Saturday morning, but I still headed to the Cocoa Cup 5K, where I ran a 21:45. I didn’t expect to PR so soon after the Reindeer Run 5K, and I didn’t PR, but I was happy with a 21:45. Even feeling sick and on antihistamines, I ran a 5K in under 22 minutes. Back in September, my “bad days” were 30 seconds slower, so I am seeing some speedy improvements! I placed in my age group as well.
Everyone from Wednesday night track had good races, with several of us placing. The Cocoa Cup 5K ran out of hot chocolate and had some traffic issues. The race production wasn’t the greatest, but I was satisfied with my finish time.
On Sunday, I ran 12 miles with Melissa, and we met up with the OnShore Racing Sunday Run Group in downtown Charleston. It was chilly outside and both of us took it easy since we raced the day before, but it was a good endurance-building long run in preparation for my Charleston Half Marathon in a few weeks. I skipped the Sunday brunch to handle some holiday errands, went home, and drank a protein shake.
I hope everyone had a great week and has a great holiday season. Be safe if you’re travelling and spend lots of quality time with your family and friends!