Happy Labor Day and happy day off, if you’re lucky enough to have the day off (I do).
Despite weather craziness and Tropical Storm Hermine, another week of half marathon training is done. I feel stronger and faster as I keep crossing the workouts off my spreadsheet.
My plan has an end date, and I still haven’t decided on a goal race. I still have some time and I’m not one to register for a race early anyway. I may have to pay a little more, but I want to be sure I can race on that date (no real life conflicts). Plus, I want any goal race to be a time I’m proud of.
|Monday||45 minutes strength training + 7.5 miles (treadmill)|
|Tuesday||6.3 miles + 3 miles/45 minutes yoga (CRC event)|
|Wednesday||6 miles (track)|
|Friday||7.8 including 5 mile tempo (treadmill)|
|Total||53 miles + 45 minutes strength + 45 minutes yoga|
Due to rain and storms, I skipped my Monday bridge/hill run and opted to treadmill. Planet Fitness had a special where anyone 60+ could visit free so it looked like a senior citizen’s center all week.
Tuesday was a glorified easy day. I ran easy that morning, then ran easy that afternoon at the Charleston Running Club meetup. Since I’d already run, I paced a friend on her tempo run/workout.
After the run, the club did a 45-minute Yoga for Runners class. A girl named Katie taught the class and she had a LOT of patience to deal with 15 runners, most of whom don’t regularly practice yoga! We had refreshments and drinks too, plus time to socialize. Charleston Running Club did a great job with the event, and I hope they have another yoga class and group run soon (photos courtesy of Charleston Running Club).
On Wednesday, the weather held off for our track workout, and it even rained a little! We had a big crowd at track and it was nice to be running with friends instead of on the treadmill. My workout was 5 x 1000m at 5K pace.
I didn’t hit the pace I wanted, but after Saturday’s Race for the ARK 5K, the heat, and a lot of running on my legs already this week, I was okay with that. Not every workout will be a breakthrough workout- but hopefully the workout will lead to a breakthrough race, once I decide on one.
Friday’s workout was a five mile tempo run around half marathon goal pace. Fortunately, Planet Fitness was open that afternoon for me to run on the treadmill and we had a little break from the wind and rain so I didn’t feel scared driving to the gym.
I was nervous for this run because I substituted last week’s four mile tempo for Race for the Ark 5K and because the distance increased to five miles. I ran it on the treadmill, so the distance and pace were approximate, and it was tough, but everything went well. I feel like the pace runs are the most important workout of the week, so it’s good to finish confidently.
On Saturday, Bronwen and I ran 14 miles from Downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant and back. It was a great run with beautiful weather- only 68 degrees and very little humidity when we started at 6:45. With the cooler temperatures, I’m sure I could’ve been flying if I hadn’t run a tempo run the day before, but it makes me excited for Fall and when it cools down for good. Tropical Storm Hermine certainly spared us, but the sidewalks of Mt. Pleasant had a lot of limbs and debri.
Oh, and 14 miles goes by WAY faster when you have a friend to run with and talk to. It seems like the miles just clicked away, and I finished feeling like I could’ve run more if I needed to, but I was thankful I didn’t have to.
Sunday was an easy 8 miles with the Hampton Park group. My legs were feeling all the quality days, so I just slowed it down and enjoyed the run and conversations. The weather was warmed than Saturday but still pretty tolerable. It’s hot again this week, but it was an nice taste of Fall while it lasted, and I hope the cool temperatures return soon for the Fall racing season.
I hope everyone has a great week!