This week’s theme: Give a little less in training, so you can give a little more on race day.
Monday: BodyPump + 6 miles
Tuesday: 5.15 miles + 20 minutes yoga/stretching
Wednesday: BodyPump + 5 miles (track)
Thursday: 4 miles + 20 minutes yoga/stretching
Friday: No workout
Saturday: Charleston Half Marathon (1:39:59)
Sunday: 4 miles recovery
Total: 37.35 miles, 2 BodyPump classes, 40 minutes yoga
Homeowner Problem #32619: Our family managed to survive last week with nothing breaking, but we weren’t so lucky this week.
Monday morning at 5 AM, I heated up my breakfast, closed the microwave door, and the microwave hummed. Each time I closed the door, it hummed and wouldn’t stop. Clay got up and we tried slamming the door and other remedies, but nothing worked. We finally left the door open. Now, the microwave buzzes unless the door is open or we unplug it, which means we leave the door open because the plug-in outlet is inside a cabinet above the stove (I can’t reach it).
I still headed to BodyPump and had a great workout. I’m not a Clemson fan, but I used an orange yoga mat since their football team played in the NCAA National Championship.
On Monday evening, I ran 6 miles on the treadmill then watched the championship with Virginia and Brent until halftime, when I went home and soon fell asleep. These 8:30 Monday football games are tough when you wake up at 5 AM.
For Wednesday track, I did the same workout that I ran the week of the Historic Georgetown Bridge to Bridge Half Marathon. It consisted of a 1 mile warmup, 8 x 400m, 1 mile tempo, 1 mile cooldown. We took a slightly blurry selfie.
I had great splits for my 400s, even though I “lost” one on my Garmin when I was resetting it (no lights at the track!). My tempo was also pretty solid but a little faster than I would’ve liked. Only I would complain with a fast run. It was a bit chilly but perfect running weather.
After the track workout, Tami and I went to Charleston Bakery and Delicatessen for desserts to go. The name is misleading because the bakery is located in Summerville, but the desserts are worth the drive. I got a salted caramel brownie and she got a red velvet cheesecake.
My brownie was good, but I had major dessert envy over Tami’s cheesecake. It was a huge slice and looked delicious.
I took off work on Friday to go to the Charleston Marathon expo, where I picked up my race packet and bib. I also bought a few shirts at the expo, because I love the Charleston Marathon long-sleeved tech shirts. Who needs Fabletics, StitchFix, or expensive gear when you can set PRs in a race shirt and a pair of $10 outlet shorts?
It rained heavily, and this was my first time driving my new-to-me Mazda 3 in the rain. It also flooded outside the school where packet pick up/expo was held, so I was super nervous driving in the rain and the flooded streets downtown. My car must be part submarine, but all was fine. The flooding receeded before Saturday’s race.
I went to Mt. Pleasant to eat lunch at Water Dog Grill with Clay. Water Dog is near his job and one of his favorite restaurants- they have tons of TVs for football watching, and the staff knows his name as soon as he walks in. I had a grilled mahi and veggie wrap with sweet potato fries, and it was a fun carb-loading lunch!
On Saturday, I ran the Charleston Half Marathon. This was my goal race for the month, and I had a pretty lofty goal of sub-1:40. I achieved that goal by ONE SECOND! I was upset when I crossed the finish and saw 1:40 on the clock, then I checked the results and saw 1:39:59. I wasn’t right at the starting line so my chip time made up for those few seconds.
This was a 1:44 second PR for me (1:41:43 > 1:39:59), and I will blog about the race later this week. I hung out at the finish for a few hours, caught up with friends, and saw the marathoners come in.
On Sunday, I ran a 4 mile recovery run around the neighborhood, where I bought a World’s Finest chocolate bar from a kid selling them for a school trip to Washington, DC. It was nice to shake my legs out after the half, but I’m still mentally and physically fatigued. Besides that, we did some things around the house on Sunday.
As for what’s next, I’m running the Charlie Post 5K on January 30, but I’ll spend this week recovering from the half with easy runs and cross training.
I hope everyone has a great week!