Whew. Monday after a 3-day, holiday, weekend = always a doozy.
Last week, I participated in an online Super Week challenge and challenged myself to run a 50 mile week. The timing was perfect since it was a week before the Cooper River Bridge Run and I had a short work week.
Sometimes the best reason to do something is to prove to yourself that you can. This was my highest volume week in awhile and if nothing else, boosted my confidence that I can increase my mileage if I decide to train for a longer distance.
|Monday||BodyPump + 8.1 miles|
|Tuesday||8 miles (mile repeats)|
|Friday||12 miles (bridge)|
|Saturday||20 minutes Youtube yoga for runners|
|Total||50.8 miles, 60 minutes BodyPump, 20 minutes yoga|
I started my Monday out with BodyPump, as usual. I didn’t want to risk dead legs during my last few important workouts for the Bridge Run, so I only went on Monday this week. After all, I go to BodyPump to be a better runner, not a better BodyPumper.
Monday’s weather was gorgeous with temperatures in the upper 50s, and I had a great run around my neighborhood. Then on Tuesday, I hit the treadmill for a mile repeats (8 min hard, 2 min easy) workout similar to last week’s, since I didn’t have track access this week. I don’t mind speedwork on the treadmill- I zone out to mindless TV anyway.
Since SHS had a track meet Wednesday night, we did a group run in one of Summerville’s hilly neighborhoods, Newington. All of the Charleston area is flat, but the Newington hill route is a nice way to change it up. I ran at a steady pace since I did mile repeats the day before, but those who wanted to make it a speed workout sprinted up the hills. A couple of people biked too! It was a good way to stay together on a group run while everyone got the workout they wanted.
On Friday, I was off work for Good Friday, so I ran 12 miles in Mt. Pleasant, including two trips over and back on the Cooper River Bridge. I like starting my runs at Whole Foods, so I get a mile of flat running before hitting the bridge (plus, Whole Foods is a great place to eat/refuel after the run).
The Bridge Run race only involves running up the bridge one time, so hard workouts like this will make race day feel easier. Larry and Chris were running the bridge too, so it was great to see some familiar faces.
I slept in on Saturday, then Clay and I went to Mellow Mushroom Avondale for the Disco Throwback Brunch. Our Mellow Mushroom celebrates their anniversary each year by rolling back prices to 1970s and people dress up like hippies.
We got two large pizzas for less than one would normally cost, and I love the crust on the Mellow Mushroom pizza (I rarely eat the crust on any other pizza). Mellow Mushroom pizzas are huge, and we had to rearrange our fridge to accomodate the takeout boxes. Pizza for days!
It rained and stormed on Saturday, so the rest of the day consisted of a little yoga/stretching and catching up on TV shows.
On Sunday, we had more rain the forecast and I wanted to get some miles in early, so instead of running my usual downtown route, I ran 3 miles with Lisa, Steve, and Mike at Charles Towne Landing, watched the sunrise, then I ran 5 more miles around the park to finish out the week. I ran at an easier pace and enjoyed the company and beauty of the park, since I never get to “enjoy” the course during Race the Landing. I was finished by 9 AM!
This week, I have a track workout, a garage run, and some easy mileage before the Cooper River Bridge Run. Even with the mileage increase, my legs feel pretty good. I’m wishing for good weather, a nice tailwind up the incline of the bridge, and shooting to run under 45 minutes on Saturday. Have a great week!