Happy Monday everyone! The recap will be short because it’s been a busy week in non-blogging real life and in running life. I’m also linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link.
Last week, my friend Joyce invited me to Hilton Head to join her, Darrell and Tracy (who I also met at the Save the Light Half Marathon last year) and some other friends. They rented a home on the island for the weekend to run the Hilton Head Island Marathon races.
I committed to the race last Friday, won a sponsored entry on Tuesday, then found out a good friend was starting chemo for cancer on Wednesday. The running and triathlon crowd is coming together to help Anne with whatever she needs. Iron Anne is a rockstar runner and triathlete and will beat this cancer. I have offered to help and mentally dedicated my race to her on Saturday.
Some days, running for a cause and passion trumps training, and Hilton Head Half Marathon was one of those days.
|Monday||60 minutes BodyPump + 6 miles (Parking Garages)|
|Tuesday||6.35 miles easy|
|Wednesday||60 minutes BodyPump + 5.7 miles (Track/Intervals)|
|Thursday||4.1 miles easy|
|Saturday||Hilton Head Half Marathon (1:38:28, new PR) + tons of walking|
|Sunday||4 miles recovery|
|Total||39.25 miles + 2 BodyPump classes|
I ran 2 workouts this week before the race. On Monday, I ran my first garage run in several months. The run is approximately 6 miles including running up and down 6 different parking garages in downtown Charleston. We had a nice crowd for the run and all stayed together. Some of the guys sprint the uphills of the garages to make it a speed workout. We timed the run just right to miss the rain.
The weather was freezing our Wednesday track workout! Most everyone follows Run Less, Run Faster, so we just use those workouts. This was a decreasing ladder of 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400, 200 intervals. My favorite part about the workout was the 200m recoveries instead of standing rest, because the jog recoveries kept everyone from standing around and getting too cold.
Tuesday and Thursday were easy days (as usual), and I took Friday off to sleep in, relax, pack, and travel to Hilton Head. It was my first road trip in my new-to-me car which was exciting, even if I had to take some detours and traffic was bad on the island.
Saturday was the Hilton Head Half Marathon, and I’ll write more about it this week. Hilton Head Island is a golf and beach resort town. Bike and walking/running paths line the main street through the city, and it’s very active, healthy area. Hilton Head has great shopping too- hello, outlet mall! I really enjoyed it and plan to visit again.
On Sunday, I ran a short recovery run on the island before eating breakfast with the group and heading back to Charleston. I got home around 1:30, took a much-needed nap, then headed out to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Clay.
We celebrated by having a candlelit dinner at the Waffle House, as that’s our tradition. An omelet, raisin toast, and hash browns makes a great romantic meal!
I hope everyone has a great week and stays warm, dry, and healthy!