Quote of the week: “We do not rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” – Archilochos
No clue who Archilochos is, but he has the right idea. Running is one of those sports where you get what you put in. There’s no refs, bad calls, or home field advantages- just you and the clock. Plus, Santa knows how hard you are (or aren’t) training.
|Monday||60 min. Arc Trainer + ITB Rehab Routine + 60 min. yoga|
|Tuesday||6 mile treadmill run + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Wednesday||5 miles, including Fleet Feet Summerville Christmas Run|
|Thursday||6.15 mile treadmill run + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Saturday||6.5 miles including Nexton Cocoa Cup 5K (21:38) + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Sunday||10.1 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
After Saturday’s Jingle Bell Run 5K and my longest run post-injury on Sunday, I took Monday off to cross train and watch Fuller House. If you’re looking for a mindless Netflix show to watch while cross training, I highly recommend Fuller House- a new season just came out. The Arc Trainer is no joke- it keeps the pressure off my knee between runs and is a good core workout.
Monday evening, I committed an #RUI, Registering Under the Influence. Alex at Tour De Blue Shoes coined this term and I stole it from him- we usually call it #BeerPressure, but I’ll use Alex’s term since I prefer cocktails or wine. A few friends were “enabling” me with the 2017 Kiawah Half Marathon on Facebook since the race was only $40.
I’m not one to sign up for races more than a week or so early, so this is a giant leap of faith. I consider the entry fee motivation to train hard in 2017 and stay injury-free so that I don’t end up standing on the sidelines wearing an overpriced race shirt.
$40 is a lot of money for someone struggling to fully fund her Roth IRA each year, so I’m hanging my confirmation above my desk to remind myself *every. single. day.* that I’m signed up for Kiawah.
Tuesday was a progressive run on the treadmill, and Thursday was another treadmill day, but I increased the incline rather than the speed. Both were good workouts, and I like the treadmill right now because it’s easy to just stop if there’s knee pain. My knee still feels a bit stiff when I stop running, but for the most part the mileage went well.
Wednesday’s run was one of the most fun runs I’ve had in a long time. I did the Christmas Group Run with Fleet Feet Summerville. This run is worth cancelling a track workout for. The first 10 finishers who beat the gingerbread man (Jon, who runs with us on Wednesday nights) got a gift card prize and the next 40 who beat the fox got a free pair of socks.
With the prize motivation to run faster, it was a great tempo run. Most of us in the front just ran in a pack since it was dark and wet. I went to the office that day for a Christmas party so I was hyped up on sugary red velvet cake and think that may have helped my pace.
After the run, we met back at Fleet Feet for sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and a hot chocolate bar complete with Bailey’s Irish Cream (my favorite) and peppermint schnapps (my second favorite). The rest of the night was filled with giveaways, shopping, gift exchanges, drinking and hanging out. I love the track crew- we all push each other to run our best and everyone’s been really successful this year.
On Saturday, I ran the Nexton Cocoa Cup 5K in Summerville. My only goal was to improve from last week’s Jingle Bell Run 5K, and I really surprised myself. You can’t beat beautiful running weather and post-injury recovery “gains”. It wasn’t my best executed race, but I beat my time from last year’s race and even placed in my age group.
Our little circle had quite a few PRs and age group awards, and we celebrated with more hot cocoa and chocolate milk. Between the holiday parties and post-run hot chocolate, I’m on a permanent sugar high these days.
After the race I came home to have lunch with Clay. We went to The Southern General on John’s Island and it was so delicious (I had the sesame shrimp sandwich). That evening, we watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, our favorite holiday movie.
On Sunday I ran a long run- 10 miles! I met up with the Hampton Park run group, since I knew I wouldn’t be able to do a long run with them for the next two Sundays due to the holidays. It was fun seeing friends and having someone for most of the miles- but the run was so hot! It was 76 degrees when we finished around 10:15. Friends in Ohio had ice storms and snow, and meanwhile in Charleston, every runner regretted wearing a shirt.
My knee was okay but started giving me a little discomfort on the last few miles. It’s nothing that stretching, icing, and heat don’t fix, thankfully, but I won’t increase my long run mileage much until it’s 100%. Will this impact my early 2017 race plans? Most likely- but I’d rather miss a race than get stuck in the “injury/stupid run/re-injury” cycle.
Next week, I just hope to get in a few runs and another speed workout before the holidays. I hope you guys will be safe if you’re travelling or running in winter weather.