Monday Musing: Half marathons hurt, especially when it’s your longest run since October.
My third week of training for 2017 is in the books. After rebuilding my base in December, I’m now training for the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon and Savannah Women’s Half Marathon. Our Wednesday night track crew is planning to run Myrtle Beach, and I’m an ambassador for Savannah Women’s Half (so you can save $10 when you register and use the code TINY).
This week brought some good workouts and an unexpected PR in the Charleston Half Marathon, my favorite “hometown” race. I’ve only done a few long runs, but lifetime mileage and the power of belief paid off. I’ll write a race recap later this week.
|Monday||7.8 miles (HMP Tempo) + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Tuesday||6.3 miles + 60 min. yoga|
|Wednesday||6 miles (track) + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Friday||15 min. stretching/yoga|
|Saturday||13.2 miles including Charleston Half Marathon (1:38:14)|
|Sunday||4.1 miles + BodyFlow + ITB Rehab Routine|
Monday was a treadmill tempo and Tuesday was an uneventful run around the neighborhood. Not much to report about those runs. I tried a Deep Stretch Yoga at the gym on Tuesday night, and that was great- it’s new on the schedule for 2017 and I hope the gym doesn’t cancel it.
I wasn’t sure what track workout to do this week, since I was running a half marathon on Saturday, so I looked back at my past training logs and did the ladder workout that I ran the Wednesday night before the Hilton Head Island Half Marathon. That was my half marathon PR (before Saturday), so I figured I would try to replicate that week of training since it worked once before.
We had a nice crowd for track, along with some new faces and some who are returning from injuries or setbacks. I’m glad that we’re all logging miles again and getting healthy!
I also went to a carb loading/pasta party with Charleston Beer Runners and we had an amazing time- it was a nice way to chill and relax and fun meeting some people who were in town to run.
I didn’t taper or cut back before the race. I haven’t logged enough mileage to justify cutting back, and Charleston Half wasn’t a goal race for me (until Mile 9 of the race). At the expo, a race was giving out Gu with their discount code attached, so I tried that race morning. I normally wouldn’t recommend something new on race day, but this wasn’t an “A race”, and I didn’t have much to lose. I also decided to wear my Brooks PureFlow shoes about 20 minutes before the race. Good thing my car is basically a moving locker room of shoes…
At the start, I met the 3:15 marathon pacer, Martin. He told me his strategy was to run a 7:27 pace and even splits. He said he’d pace for a 1:37 half as well. Everyone was chatty and entertaining, and I surprised myself and ran with them until the full course split. I kept the momentum and set a new PR on a difficult day. I looked for Martin and the others after the race, but I did not see them.
I only consumed two mimosas, so my post-race drinking PR remains at four from last year’s Charleston Marathon. I’ve gotta work harder on my mimosa game for 2018!
Clay and I celebrated the Charleston Marathon with our traditional dinner at CO. It’s still Charleston Restaurant Week, and we always tend to wind up at CO the day of the marathon since it always falls during the restaurant week.
I had the crab rangoons, salad, and pad thai, and he had the curry laksa, his favorite. Downtown was busy and it was a wonderful date night.
Getting out of the door on Sunday was the hardest part of the run, but I logged a few recovery miles, did PT, and went to the post-race celebration party at Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant. I wore my medal all day long, relaxed around the house, and just enjoyed the day.