This training business was hard this week.
Not that training and racing is ever easy- if I wanted easy, I’d do a color run.
I’m short on time and have a busy Monday (and week) ahead of me, so I’ll hit the highlights.
|Monday||6 miles (garages)|
|Tuesday||8 miles (treadmill intervals)|
|Wednesday||45 minutes strength + 7.2 miles|
|Saturday||8.2 miles including James Island Connector Run 10K (45:36)|
|Sunday||12.3 miles + 60 minutes BodyFlow|
On Monday I ran parking garages. I was pretty wiped out from my Sunday long run. I guess your first 16 miler in several years does that. I didn’t push the pace or sprint the inclines.
I moved my normal Wednesday speedwork to Tuesday since we didn’t have track on Wednesday this week, due to the Fleet Feet Pub Run (I don’t feel like holding a track workout when there’s a group run, as Summerville is a small community and I don’t want running groups to “compete”).
The pub run was football themed so people wore their favorite jerseys or football team shirts- of course, I forgot about that and wore the same blue shirt I wore to lift that morning so I wouldn’t dirty another shirt. Everyone talks about how training increases the grocery bill due to hunger- well, laundry detergent isn’t cheap either.
After the run, we went to Homegrown Brewing for snacks, recovery beverages, and Fleet Feet’s raffles/giveaways. It was a lot of fun.
On Thursday, I woke up extremely sore. I have no clue why- I lifted the day before, but I usually lift on Wednesdays and I didn’t increase my weight or do any new-to-me exercises. I took an epsom salt bath, rolled, and ran a few easy miles.
Although the race organization was great and for a very worthy cause, Saturday’s James Island Connector Run 10K was a terrible race for me. To clarify, 45:36 is *not* a bad time for a 10K. I know many runners who would love to run that time. I was one of those runners at one time- even last year. However, 45:36 is not the time I was training for, and I know I’m capable of better. In fact, I ran a much faster time at the Isle of Palms Connector Run 10K, while sick with a cold!
It sucks to run a race that doesn’t reflect how much work you’ve put in, but I’m thankful that I’m able to run and not injured. As this photo shows, my pain train and my winter goals de-railed at Mile 5.
I did accomplish the #1 goal of not blowing off the James Island Connector. With a nickname like Tiny Terror and those winds, that was a real concern.
I did run my 12 mile long run on Sunday morning and felt okay. The weather was cooler, which meant I had to put thought into what to wear. Melissa couldn’t run this morning since her husband was out of town, but Mark kept me company for 4 of my 12 miles. I met up with the Hampton Park group, so at least I had accountability.
As far as what’s to come, I’m honestly not sure. Maybe Saturday was just a bad day, but I’m paying attention to my body this week. Hopefully the best is yet to come.