Weekly Recap: Save the Light Half Marathon Training Week 2 (12/4-12/10)

Getting moving again

Last week I wrapped up week 2 of Save the Light training. It was my last week of work at the full-time job before 3 weeks of vacation, and we were finishing up the first phase of big project. So, I was a bit busy and that interfered with my workout schedule. But it happens. It wasn't a stellar training week, but I did what I could.  

save the light half marathon training week 2

Workout summary

Monday Off
Tuesday Run - Easy 5 miles
Wednesday Bodyflow
Thursday Off
Friday Off
Saturday Easy run - 3.12 miles at 8:57
Sunday Easy 3.25 miles at 8:53
Totals 3 runs / 11.37 miles
1 strength workout

I tweaked my back on Wednesday, so I had to take Thursday and Friday off to rest it. This is the same issue that caused me to start visiting the chiropractor back in the summer. I think I need to start going back weekly instead of every 2 to 3 weeks. Same for Stretch Zone. And maybe I need to throw in some bi-weekly massages. Maintenance is important!

After a crazy work week, we packed our weekend with lots of holiday fun.

Saturday night out! And me wearing something other than running gear or lounge wear.

Saturday night out! And me wearing something other than running gear or lounge wear.

little dude pretending to share his candy cane with me

little dude pretending to share his candy cane with me

Chocolate peppermint monkey bread

Chocolate peppermint monkey bread

spiked hot chocolate

spiked hot chocolate

On Saturday we went to the Mount Pleasant Holiday Market and I picked up a few Christmas gifts (shop local!), then in the evening we went out with friends to The Gin Joint and to see A Christmas Carol at The Dock Street Theatre

On Sunday, we went to Tavern & Table for Brunch with Santa. B wasn't afraid of Santa this year and told him he wanted all of the toys. Ha!

Little dude was up several times during the night on Saturday with an upset tummy, but thankfully felt better by morning so he could enjoy his brunch with Santa. That left me pretty exhausted and I ended up accidentally sleeping until 10. So I missed my long run, but I did manage to get a short one in in the evening. I did a quick 3-miler around our neighborhood and enjoyed the holiday lights. Even though it was short, it was my best run of the week!

How we do christmas in the South - palm trees and snowmen

How we do christmas in the South - palm trees and snowmen

And that's a wrap on this week. Holiday fun and festivities with a few workouts thrown in. I'm counting on the next three weeks to get me back on track since I have off from my full-time job and my schedule won't be quite as crazy. I still have some freelance projects to do as well as packing up the house to move, but I should still have more wiggle room in my schedule than the past several weeks.

How was your week? Did you go to any fun holiday events?


weekly wrap

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


Weekly Recap: Save the Light Half Marathon Training Week 1 (again) - 11/27-12/3

SYSTEM REBOOT

After major system failure this fall with training, I decided it was time for a full system reboot. I took two weeks to rest and reset my body and then eased back in this week. And it went decently well in spite of some work/life craziness.

Save the Light Half Marathon Training

Workout summary

Monday BodyFlow (60 minutes)
Tuesday Off
Wednesday Off
Thursday Easy run - 4 miles
Friday Off
Saturday Easy run - 3 miles
Sunday Long run - 6 miles
Totals 3 runs / 13 miles
1 strength workouts

Last week should have been a taper week for Kiawah, but instead it was week 1 (again, officially) for Save the Light Half Marathon training. I'm so disappointed I'm missing Kiawah this year. They have so many fun events and it really is one of the best races and race weekends I've ever experienced. This year they added a holiday market with local crafters and vendors, too. But sometimes life happens, and I'm moving on with a new plan.

In honor of kicking off my new training cycle, I bought new running shoes. It's been so long since I bought new shoes and I really, really needed them. Mine were in sad shape and really worn out. 

New Running shoes - Brooks Ghost, Brooks Levitate (LOVE!), Brooks Launch

New Running shoes - Brooks Ghost, Brooks Levitate (LOVE!), Brooks Launch

While I didn't quite get in all my workouts and had some issues getting into the overall workout groove, I'm happy to report that the reason for that was not because of illness! Yessss. 

The main reasons for missing workouts were just straight-up work and life busy-ness. I'm wrapping up a big project at the day job before I'm on vacation for three weeks (can't wait!), so early in the week I worked some longer hours.

We also closed on our house on Wednesday, which took away half a day of work that I had to get crammed in somewhere else so I could finish what needed to be done. But yay for the new house!

Our new house!

Our new house!

We're not moving into the house until January, but we've been taking some things over gradually since it's right up the street from our current house. And I've got paint samples hanging all over the walls to try to decide the right shades (so many options for white!). I can't wait to move in and start all of the customization that we couldn't do during the build. 

We also took the dogs over to check out their new digs. They approved.

Now that we own the house, it's time to make some more upgrades - like choosing the perfect shade of white paint!

Now that we own the house, it's time to make some more upgrades - like choosing the perfect shade of white paint!

Begging for food

Begging for food

My week wasn't all work craziness, though! I did manage to get out with friends a few times. On Wednesday evening, we went out for dinner with our realtor, whose family also happens to be friends of ours (and his wife is also our dog's awesome vet!). And on Saturday, I had a girls' night out. Those are always a welcome event!

A fun time at girls night out (and me in non-running gear)

A fun time at girls night out (and me in non-running gear)

I have one more week of work before vacation to get through, and I'm hoping I'll be able to get my groove back with workouts and strength training. 

How was your week? 


weekly wrap

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


Weekly Recap - Rest, Reset, and Thanksgiving (11/20-11/26)

Rest and Reset

Last week, I came to the disappointing realization that my fall training has been a complete bust. What should have been a minor blip in the road turned into a months long fiasco that derailed my training completely. 

rest and reset

With that said, I deferred Kiawah. It's not even worth running as a training run at this point since it's been nearly a month since I ran anything over a 10K. I'm not really interested in slogging through a half marathon while my body recovers fully from this mess. 

The good news is I finally got myself to my regular doctor and she pulled out the big guns (aka, needles) and I've been feeling much better. I'm off the antibiotics that made me weak, sick, sore, and caused tingling in my feet and hands (OMG, WTF...NO!).

Sadly, I didn't feel good enough to get out and run the Turkey Day Run 5K, and that's the first time I've missed it since moving to Charleston. But I did feel decent enough for a slow, easy run on Friday, and another on Saturday. 

We've had some gorgeous running weather here - I'm glad I finally got out to enjoy it

We've had some gorgeous running weather here - I'm glad I finally got out to enjoy it

Other than that, I spent the week enjoying time off from work and spending time with family. My mom came to town for Thanksgiving and we did lots of fun things: the beach, an oyster roast, a walk around the trails, the beach, cookie baking, games, and the Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island. We also got the house ready for Christmas and put up our Christmas tree.

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree

I'm glad I took the past two weeks to rest. My body needed it after the ridiculousness this fall. But I'm hoping that's behind me and now I can refocus and start training to run the Save the Light Half Marathon in February. 

How was your Thanksgiving? 


weekly wrap

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