Happy Monday everyone! We’re another week closer to the holidays. Of course, I’ve been listening to Christmas music for a week or so already trying to summon cooler weather to Charleston… and if this weekend was any indication, it worked.
By the end of the week, it started to feel like Christmas. Running the Lexington Half Marathon and earning a Christmas ornament age group award made it feel like the holiday season even more.
This week wasn’t without its share of struggles, but that’s not limited to just running and training- it’s life and you have to roll with it. I’m busy with work and a lot of new responsibilities, since I got a promotion a few months ago. We’re getting ready for year-end closing and I had to work on everything that came in when I was on vacation. Clay had the same issues at his job, so both of us pulled some long days this week.
Along with that, I had dizziness and headaches on Monday and Tuesday, and according to Dr. Google, this is quite common after a cruise. The cruise ship rocked a lot, and apparently your body gets used to the rocking and you feel dizzy when you get back to land. Who knew? I also have a few pounds of post-cruise weight to lose, and hopefully I can get closer to my happy weight before the Kiawah Half Marathon in a few weeks.
|Monday||8 miles (treadmill tempo) + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Wednesday||6.3 miles (10 x 400m) + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Saturday||13.2 miles including Lexington Half Marathon (1:39:44)|
|Sunday||4.3 miles + 45 min. yoga|
Despite headaches and dizziness, I managed to run on Monday and Tuesday. With working late, I ended up on the treadmill at Planet Fitness, but it was pizza night so I grabbed a few slices of Papa John’s while I was there (they were super small slices- trust me, pizza night at Planet Fitness isn’t what haters on the internet want you to believe). I got off work in time to run outside on Tuesday and the temperatures had dropped a little as well so I had a good run.
On Wednesday, I did a 10 x 400m track workout with 200m recoveries. Middle school football games have ended so we can use the track again. We had a small crowd, but Theresa, Jason, Rie, and I took care of business at the Oval Office. It drizzled rain, but the rain wasn’t too bad and was actually kind of refreshing.
On Thursday, the weather in Charleston went berserk. It rained (no shocker) and the temperature dropped almost 20 degrees. Apparently the barometric pressure dropped as well, because I woke up feeling every injury from the last YEAR. I think it was a combination of the weather changes, my first track workout in weeks, and needing a complete rest day- so I took a day off.
I was honestly a little worried when I woke up feeling so janky and questioned whether or not I really wanted to run a half marathon this weekend.
I felt better when I woke up on Friday, so I ran a few easy miles. Nothing hurt on the run, so I guess the rest day worked. I packed up and left Charleston for Columbia, where Shawanna, Gena, and I had dinner at Panda Express before tucking in for the night before Saturday’s half marathon.
The half marathon went surprisingly well, besides riding the pain train that is a 13.1 mile race. I started out a little slower and eased into my goal pace, not looking at my Garmin. In fact, I was really shocked with my finish time- a 1:39:44. Even though I was sick two weeks ago, on vacation last week, and dizzy on Monday and Tuesday, I was only 90 seconds off my half marathon PR. I’ll recap the race later this week, too.
On Sunday, I woke up feeling like the pain train hit me! I wasn’t injured, but never underestimate just how much a half marathon race takes out of your body and mind. I skipped the Hampton Park group run (I really miss those guys because it’s been THREE WEEKS) and schlepped along for 4.3 miles and a 45 minute complimentary yoga class at Lululemon. My body needed the yoga and you just can’t beat free.
I hope everyone has a great week- are you listening to Christmas music yet?