This week’s mantra: I’m thankful for recovery runs, as it means I’m logging enough miles and quality to need to recover.
In last week’s training rundown, I hinted that a bunch of my training partners want to run the Myrtle Beach Marathon races. We have 10 weeks until that half marathon, and 15 weeks until the Savannah Women’s Half Marathon, and I plan to run at least two half marathons this Spring. This number doesn’t include races I get #BeerPressured into hanging out after track workouts.
|Monday||7.7 miles (tempo) + 60 min Core Cuts/Barre Combo class|
|Wednesday||6.4 miles track + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Friday||10.1 miles + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Saturday||60 min. hot yoga|
|Sunday||6.3 miles including Race the Landing 5K (22:05) + 60 min. BodyFlow|
I was off work on Monday so I kicked it off with a tempo run on the treadmill at half marathon goal pace (around 7:15). That evening, I went to a core/barre fusion group fitness class. Some of my online running friends like Kaitlyn and Martina swear by barre so I wanted to try it out, and I think I’ll go back for a full class soon.
Wednesday was track night, and the workout I chose for myself was 6 x 800m repeats with 200m recovery jogs. Truth be told, I was proud to survive this workout. A dog was at the track, so most of my time running was spent watching out for that dog and I wasn’t mentally there. Dogs don’t like me and I’ve been bitten (the owner of the dog who bit me swore her dog didn’t bite- well, he didn’t bite, until he bit me).
To add to the chaos, the police came to the track. A kid got bullied or beat up near the school, and they wanted to know if we saw or heard anything. None of us did, but no one wants to see blue lights when they are driving or trying to do a track workout.
I had a decent pace for the 800m repeats and we had a nice crowd for the workout, though!
Thursday’s run was a recovery/easy day. Easy days are the hardest for me- I get no satisfaction out of writing down “easy 6” in my training log and would rather run a tempo run, hills, intervals, a long run, or a race.
Like it or not, I needed to get the miles in, so I drove to Mt. P to meet up with the Blue Sky Endurance group run to give myself some motivation to get it done. I ran 2 miles before then 4 miles with Brent from track. The Christmas lights were on around Mt. P so it was an enjoyable run.
Friday’s solo long run was tough, too. With returning to training and the Sunday race, I logged 36 miles in 5 days. I only logged 34 miles all week last week, and it figures that the first week of training will be a rough.
I ran on the bike path, which is insanely monotonous, and I got a side stitch. I never get side stitches! I stopped at the gas station with a Cinnabon to potty, stretch, and get a pebble out of my shoe, and the rest of the run was fine. The smell of Cinnabon permeated the gas station, and I made a mental note to try a Cinnabon for a post-race treat.
I did hot yoga class on Saturday. Admittedly, trying a new workout the day before a 5K isn’t a smart idea, but it was the only yoga class I could fit in since the offerings are limited due to the holidays. Hot yoga just isn’t for me, but the schedule changes back to normal this week.
Sunday, I ran the Race the Landing New Year’s 5K. Ironically, we had Cinnabon after the race, along with homemade soup. My finish time was nothing to write home about, but I am proud of the effort I gave in training this week. Post injury, it was my first week of running six days and first week that included two workouts.
And with that, I’ll have a Cinnabon.