It’s almost go time for the Charleston Half Marathon!
If I can survive a 50 mile week, buying two cars, a hard drive replacement, holding down the fort at work, and getting very little sleep, a 1:40 or better half marathon is within my reach. Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with most of that this week, but I could still use a bit more sleep.
Monday: 60 minutes BodyPump + 6 miles (parking garages)
Tuesday: 6.2 miles
Wednesday: 30 minutes Arc Trainer + 20 minutes yoga + 6 miles (track/speedwork)
Thursday: No workout.
Friday: 6.25 miles (4 mile treadmill tempo)
Saturday: 10 miles
Sunday: 9 miles
Total: 43.45 miles, 1 BodyPump class, 30 minutes Arc Trainer + 20 minutes yoga.
More training, less talking = Not much to say this week. My lack of sleep got to me on Wednesday, and I missed 6 AM BodyPump. I hope the extra hour of sleep was worth missing an early morning workout. Since the guilt got to me, I ended up cross training later.
That evening, we ran a track workout that consisted of a 1600m, 2 x 800m, 4 x 400m, and 4 x 200m with 200 float recoveries. Once you factor in warmup and cooldown, it was a total of 6 miles with 4 miles of hard running and a very blurry kelfie (Kelfie= Selfie taken by Kendall).
All of us started running at the same time, and the amount of time you had between when you finished and we started the next exercises, was your amount of recovery. In other words, the faster you ran, the more recovery you got. I ran as hard as I could during the intervals (which wasn’t super fast based on my race times and how fast the others ran), but recovered super quickly.
I’m pretty sure I have zero fast-twitch muscle fibers and qualify as an endurance beast.
On Thursday, Clay and I went on a weeknight date night to Circa 1886, a super fancy, 4-star, restaurant in Downtown Charleston. It’s Charleston Restaurant Week, which is the only time we can afford places like Circa 1886. I had the scallops for my main course.
While the food was good, the S’mores Dessert was the dish that blew me away. I’d recommend Circa 1886 for a great value during Charleston Restaurant Week, as they didn’t skimp on portions. Not that I go there often to know what the portions usually are, but Clay and I both left full.
Date night was fun, and I enjoyed it. But I’m a simple person and fancy restaurants just aren’t for me. In the end, it’s just food. I was spending time with Clay, and I’m okay with a date night at Circa 1886 or Waffle House (I draw the line at fast food, though).
On Saturday, I ran 10 miles around Mt. Pleasant, including the Cooper River Bridge. A lot of runners were out on Saturday morning because everyone is getting in those last runs before the Charleston Marathon races, or training for the Charlie Post Classic or Peyton’s Wild and Wacky. Those running the Boston Marathon are beginning their training cycles, too.
The temperature was great, but the fog was so crazy that I couldn’t see the bridge’s columns or inclines. Even though I couldn’t see the incline all the time, my legs still felt it. David who blogs at DoomBuggyRunner was out that morning too, and he took this picture of the bridge.
On Sunday, I ran a warmup mile, then 8 miles with the OnShore Racing Sunday group. Again, lots of people are training for something, so we had a big crowd. We all posed for a picture by the Charleston Marathon truck since the race is this weekend. The race director, Howie, runs with our Sunday group and it’s always fun to see the big marathon truck pull up to Hampton Park.
Since the half marathon is this week, this week will be all about rest, recovery, race strategizing, and a few tune-up runs before Saturday. I have a few goals, with the #1 goal always crossing hte finish line injury-free and smiling. Still, I’m excited to race in my city and earn the fun finisher’s medal, no matter what happens.
Happy Monday, everyone!