After running an impromptu 13.1 mile long run Saturday morning, I committed to training for a Fall half marathon.
I was eyeing the Sweet Tea Half Marathon, since it’s a hometown race in its third year and I could sleep in my own bed and shower in my own shower. I could also train on the course on a weekly basis- and it’s a fast course.
After talking to some Columbia-area friends on Facebook, I’m now considering the Lexington Half Marathon, which is about half the price and benefits a charity. The only downside is it won’t be as flat as Summerville (nowhere is!). Still, I have a good track record on non-flat races, so that might not be a bad thing.
I haven’t decided which race I’ll run, but training is on.
|Monday||45 minutes strength + 7.5 miles (bridge)|
|Wednesday||8 miles (treadmill intervals) + 45 minutes yoga|
|Friday||7.45 miles (treadmill tempo)|
|Total||50.15 miles + 45 minutes strength + 45 minutes yoga|
I kicked off the week with some lifting and a conversational bridge run with my friend Nancy. I’d seen her in a few local running Facebook groups and on Strava, but we met at a recent group run and have a lot in common. We had a great bridge run and it wasn’t too hot. Tuesday was also an easy run in my neighborhood.
On Wednesday, I cancelled track since Fleet Feet had a pub run (No one’s going to do a track workout when they can go to a group run where you win things). I ran 12 x 400m intervals on the treadmill that morning. Track workouts on the treadmill are always pretty brutal because it’s hard to do workouts alone.
I went to a free community yoga class in Riverfront Park that afternoon. The class was sponsored by King of Pops popsicles, one of my favorite local products, and $3 got you a yoga class and a popsicle. Who says you can’t find cheap things to do in Charleston? After the yoga class, I hung out with Cindy, Ed, and Dan and we walked around North Charleston/Park Circle. It was a nice evening.
Thursday was a planned day off running, where I volunteered at the Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K. I ran the first race, but since I’m not a fan of trail runs, I’ve opted to volunteer from now on. The race was short on volunteers but everyone worked hard to pull it off. All runners should consider volunteering for a race sometimes, because you learn a lot about the other side of the start and finish line, and it’s a great way to give back.
The runners and walkers had a great time, and the after party at Wasabi DI was a big hit.
Friday was another treadmill workout- this time a 3 mile tempo run at goal half marathon pace. I hate to do so many workouts on the treadmill, but my last 5K outside was slower than my goal half marathon pace (I kinda suck at 5Ks…). It’s hard to hit tempo paces in this heat and with traffic and crazy drivers. Hopefully by the end of my training cycle, I can log a few of these runs outdoors.
On Saturday, I ran the bridge then joined Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant for another 5 miles (12.1 total).
On Sunday, Melissa and I ran an easy 8 miles on the Sawmill Branch Trail in Summerville. We started at 7:30 to beat some of the heat and at least the trail is mostly shaded. You can’t beat great conversations on a Sunday morning run either (we had a lot to talk about). I came home and took a nice long shower and wore my compression socks because my legs are feeling the past few days of running.
I hope everyone’s having a great week so far!