Weekly Recap - Save the Light Half Marathon Training Week 1 (Kiawah Week 10) - 11/13-11/19


Good grief, Charlie Brown. My body is pissed off. And while I've pushed it as much as I can over this training cycle, through sickness and ridiculous amounts of antibiotics for what should have been a quickly fixed infection (but wasn't), last week my body said, "Hell no, I won't go.

And it forced me to take heed. 


Guys, I was so tired last week from burning the candle at both ends (and probably setting the middle on fire, too, because why not?), and from these antibiotics that make me feel like utter garbage, I could barely get out of bed. I got through work and my new part-time gig as design blog editor, but everything else? Nope, nope, nope. 

I did exactly three workouts this week: BodyFlow on Wednesday, a 2-mile run on Friday (because death was imminent if I had gone further), and a 9 mile bike ride on Sunday (and we stopped for donuts mid-ride). And that was enough.I skipped the race I was going to run on Saturday morning because I just needed to sleep. 

A walk on the trails with Macy dog

A walk on the trails with Macy dog

I'm only a few weeks out from Kiawah, and it's not ideal to have the wagon break down this close to the end of the trail, but it happened. I still plan to run it (slog it?) at this point, but I haven't taken deferring it off the table. I'll see if I can get my wits about me this week and then decide. 

In any case, I have new race on the horizon. Like I mentioned last week, I shifted my training a bit to focus on Save the Light Half Marathon in February, since battling this infection that's had me on and off antibiotics since September. Both the infection and the antibiotics are/have taken their toll on me and make running harder than it should be). 

I never realized how much antibiotics can affect running performance until this recent battle. Seeing as I spent several months through 2015 and 2016 (probably at least half the year each year) on antibiotics, it's no wonder my running has been absolutely terrible. That, combined with the actual issues causing the need for antibiotics plus the low ferritin/vitamin D in late 2016/early 2017, I was a hot mess.

So anyway, it's a new week and I'm going to try cobbling together something that sort of resembles training amidst the Thanksgiving festivities. Wish me luck!

How was your week? Better than mine, I hope?

weekly wrap

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Weekly Recap - Kiawah Half Marathon Training Week 9 (11/6-11/12)

BACK TO REALITY and an update in plans

We were still on vacation Monday and Tuesday, which knocked my schedule off a bit, and I struggled to get back into the swing of things when we got back. But still, an okay week with some really fantastic (i.e., frigid (for Charleston) weather!) and a bit of an adjustment in plans based on recent health stuff and training. 

Kiawah week 9

I also ran my first race in almost a year where I wasn't pacing someone else or run/walking. It did not go well, thanks to the antibiotics I'm on for a longer dose (because the UTI was treated improperly for so long and it made it aggressive). They make me tired, weak, and achey. You can read the full recap post here

I've also decided to adjust some of my Kiawah goals and training, and added a new race to my calendar. More on that in a bit, but first here's what my week looked like:

Workout summary

Monday Vacation - Magic Kingdom
Tuesday Off/travel day
Wednesday Off/trying to catch up on work stuffs
Thursday Easy run - 5 miles at a glacial pace
Friday Off
Saturday Summerville Sweet Tea 10K
Sunday Easy run - 5 miles at 9:04 pace
Totals 3 runs / 16.2 miles


Vacation - Magic Kingdom
My workout for the day was wrangling a somewhat cranky toddler all over the Magic Kingdom. 'Nuff said. Full race and vacation recap coming soon.

The Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom


Travel day
After all of the walking and being stuffed in a car, my back was really bothering me. Thank goodness for Stretch Zone and chiropractor appointments immediately following vacation.


Work nuttery - back to real life
No workout this day, either. I wanted to go to BodyFlow but had so much work to catch up on that it just wasn't going happen.


Run! Finally.
I finally started to get things back to normal and out of vacation mode on Thursday with an easy run. I wasn't feeling great and I ran 5 miles at barely a 10:30 pace, which is extremely out of the ordinary for me. My legs were tired, tight, and heavy - a combined result of vacation hangover and meds. The weather was also pretty icky. It was raining and cold (50s), but still humid (90s), which irritated my asthma. 


I just wasn't feeling great on Friday and knowing I had a race the next day, I skipped all workouts.


Summerville Sweet Tea 10K
Not awesome at all. I won't rehash what I already said in the recap, but suffice to say this was not the race I was hoping for. I wasn't planning or hoping to PR, but I was hoping to run well for a slightly faster training run (51-52 minutes). That's not what happened at all. I was just too tired and weak. 


Easy run - 5 miles
I was supposed to run 12 miles, but based on how I was feeling, I wasn't so sure that was going to happen. And it didn't. I got in 5 easy miles and called it a day. 

On a bright note, the weather here with the exception of Thursday, has been fantastic with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s, and it's supposed to stay that way for a while. I don't think we had extended weather like this at all last year. 

It's beginning to look a lot like winter

It's beginning to look a lot like winter

Adjusting my goals

Based on everything I'm still dealing with health-wise and how I've missed some training, and how terribly Saturday's race went, I'm adjusting goals for Kiawah and moving my goal race back to Save the Light Half Marathon on February 3. I'm hoping this gives me enough time to recover and get my shiznit together.

So with that, Kiawah will just be a training run, a practice race for the goal race. I'm so out of the racing loop that I've also forgotten how to do that, too (another issue I had on Saturday). I'm 12 weeks out from Save the Light, so that's a fresh training cycle right there and my base is built up much better than it was going into Kiawah training. 

To get myself back up to speed (literally and metaphorically), I'm adding a bunch of 5Ks onto my calendar to use a speedwork. None of them are goal races, so I'm not out for PRs. My goals with those are to remember how to race, practice how to race, and actually do some speedwork.

Speedwork is always the first thing that falls off my calendar during busy weeks since it requires a higher cognitive load for me and sometimes my brain just can't handle it and needs to go easy. I updated my race calendar and signed up for a bunch of those races. This coming Saturday, I'm doing the Ultra Chili 5K. It's a trail race and because of that, it will be more about race practice than speedwork since it's trail.

So here I am. Adjusting my race calendar, goals and expectations (again, like always) and hoping for the best. Onward.

In non-workout-related news - I picked up a part-time gig as a design blog editor for a leading company in the tech industry. I'm super excited for this new endeavor since it's different than what I do in my day-to-day user experience and product design job. And it's not a freelance gig, either.

While I love my freelance gigs, they can be much more unsteady (projects freezing or shifting, delayed timelines, etc), which makes the income more unsteady. So I like the stability of two solid jobs while I pick up freelance here and there. 

How was your week? Is it beginning to feel like fall where you are yet?

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This week, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin' for their Weekly Wrap series.

Race Recap: Summerville Sweet Tea 10K 2017

Ripping off the bandaid

After not racing for nearly a year (not counting races where I paced other people or ran/walked), I ripped off the bandaid this past weekend at the Summerville Sweet Tea 10K. It wasn't ideal that my first race out of the gate was a 10K instead of a 5K, especially given all of my recent health issues, but it's just the way the calendar worked out. 

summerville sweet tea 10K race recap

The race started at 7:00 a.m., so I woke up around 4:15 (ugh) so I could have coffee, eat, and relax a bit. My head was not in race mode at all. It's just been so long since I've raced for me (and not paced someone else) that I've forgotten it a bit and the last thing I felt like doing that morning was racing.

I met my friend, Ashley, and we drove out to the race together and met our other friend, Jackie, at the race. It's almost a 45 minute drive from where we live and we wanted to make sure we had enough time for packet pickup and bathroom breaks before the race. Because heaven knows, I need those bathroom breaks right now!

So cold (and tired) at the starting line!

So cold (and tired) at the starting line!

Based on how I was feeling and the terrible run I had on Thursday when I was so tired I could barely muster a 10:30 pace, which is not a typical pace for me at all, my plan was to start easy and speed up if I could and slow down if I had to. I didn't plan to push to race pace at all since I'm not even entirely sure I know what that is at the moment. 

Miles 1-3
I started off what felt like conservatively and felt really good those first three miles and thought I definitely had a lot more speed in me. I kept a steady, moderately easy pace around 8:35/mile, my breathing was easy and everything felt good. Until I hit mile 4, I thought I'd be able to pick up some speed. I had no intention of pushing too much, but I was at least hoping after I warmed up a bit my pace would pick up to somewhere around 8:00-8:10. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. 

Miles 4-6.2
In mile 4, I got really tired, really suddenly, and had a hard time putting one foot in front of the other. I was also really, really thirsty. I ended up logging my slowest mile there at around a 9:30 pace after stopping to walk at a water stop. Mile 5, I dropped back down to just under 9, and mile 6 was another slow one with some walk breaks at 9:20. 

I finished in 56:32 (9:06 pace), which is the exact same time I ran at the James Island Connector Run at 4 months post-baby back in 2014, and the weather was very similar (low 40s and windy). It's also my slowest 10K time ever where I wasn't pacing someone else. Given how I was feeling, I probably should have started slower, but I felt just fine those first couple miles and recently ran a 10-miler at that pace with no issues, plus I didn't expect to hit such a weird wall in mile 4.

done (and still cold).

done (and still cold).

summerville sweet tea medal

I'm not particularly proud of my finish time, but I did what I set out to do: finish. I didn't do what I hoped to do, which was at least run faster than the Bridge Run where I had an asthma attack (52:05). But for my first race back and considering where I'm at with health, life and running lately, it was okay.

I've still been dealing with the UTI that won't quit (seriously) and while I'm not having any physical pain from that at this point, the infection is lingering based on my follow-up visit. I'm on antibiotics that make me really tired and weak, and causes muscle aches (making recovery from workouts harder) - all known side effects - but knock out the infection the best. And because of that, my legs are still feeling heavy, tired, and not recovered from all the vacation walking around the Disney parks. 

I'm hoping things improve for me once I'm done with these antibiotics and better rested. I don't think I've got any underlying issues at this point like I did last year, so I think it's just a matter of getting this infection cleared and getting off these antibiotics.

I do need to get in to the doctor within the next few weeks to get bloodwork done to verify that I'm still all clear of anemia issues, but in general, I'm not feeling like I felt last year on my regular runs and my overall pace is faster. I felt awful at this race, but I think that's just the other issues I'm having and not a larger problem. 

post-race coffee - it was so cold out there, we needed something warm

post-race coffee - it was so cold out there, we needed something warm

Once I got over my disappointment with my not-so-great finish time, I realized I was still happy to be back out racing, and I had a fun morning with friends. And I'm going to do some more races in the next few weeks as my speedwork to start remembering what racing feels like.

Next week: the Ultra Chili 5K trail race. 

As far as the Summerville Sweet Tea 10K race itself, it was on the small side but very well organized and executed, the course is really pretty and winds through Summerville neighborhoods, and the police officers on the course did a fantastic job. And we got medals for the 10K! This is definitely one I'll be back for again and would consider the half marathon option, too. 

Race info

Race: Summerville Sweet Tea Half Marathon and 10K
Date: November 11, 2017, 7 a.m., packet pickup available on race morning
Location: Summerville, SC
Medals: Yes, for both the half and the 10K
Course: Road and paved rail trail, looped course, through scenic neighborhoods, starting and ending in downtown Summerville
Cause: Local police, fire and EMS
Weather: 41 degrees, windy
Performace (1/worst to 5/best): 2
Health: Meh...recovering from all of the things, most recently the UTI debacle