You've got to know when to hold 'em...
As you probably figured out from the title of this post, I've adjusted my race schedule a bit. After looking at my calendar and allowing the realization to sink in that the Kiawah Marathon is just 5 short weeks away, I decided I didn't feel ready to run a full marathon that soon. So I dropped back to the half distance and registered for the Charleston Marathon. That gives me an additional 5 weeks of training and allows for a few cutback weeks, which I think I need.
I'm excited to run the Charleston full marathon and I'm much more comfortable with this schedule. I've run the half several times and it's my hometown marathon, which means I don't have to travel or stay in hotel. Logistically, it's so much easier for everyone, which takes a lot of the extra stress off of the whole family. Someday maybe I'll run the Kiawah full, but not this year.
- Monday: OFF
- Tuesday: Easy run - 4.73 miles (8:35 pace)
- Wednesday: OFF
- Thursday: Strength + conditioning at Journey
- Friday: OFF
- Saturday: Easy run - 7.16 miles (9:05 pace)
- Sunday: Long run - 16.06 miles (9:35 pace)
Total miles: Run - 27.95 miles / Total runs: 3 / Total core workouts: 0 / Total strength/conditioning workouts: 1 / Total crosstraining: 0
Last week's training was a little off. I missed my speedwork session because the day it was scheduled there was crazy rain. I did make an attempt, but after two times around the track, I was freezing, soaked and miserable, and there was just no point. So I just did an easy run instead. I planned to do it the following day and it monsooned again. So it just didn't happen at that point since my coach told me to just skip it for the week.
Despite only running 3 times, I still ran almost 28 miles, which is higher mileage than my average weeks for the past few years. And I got in a strength workout. So still all good. Training is chugging right along.
I do think I'm going to have make some strength work adjustments as my mileage increases since I'm not used to running these distances right now. Sunday's run was the longest I've run since September 2012. So it's been a while. I'll continue to do strength work, but I may need to only do it once a week for a few weeks and gradually increase it back up to two or three times depending on how I'm feeling.
The heat and humidity were back (and continue to hang around). WTF, November? You're drunk and you're making it extremely difficult, in general, to be motivated to run. Especially speedwork. Because speedwork sucks in the humidity. I think next week is finally supposed to be a little more fall-like around here and I'm looking forward to it!
On a racing note, I was supposed to run an easy 3 miles at the Craft Brew Races (and beerfest) 5K this weekend and then consume lots of craft beer, but last night the organizers canceled the event. Yep, 48 hours before it was supposed to happen, it was canceled. Every is getting refunded, but seriously? The reason they gave was that they couldn't get the proper permits. What? You are race organizers who (presumably) do this at events all over the country. Who dropped the ball here? I was looking forward to this event!
I've had some bad luck with the races I picked this fall - first the IOP Connector Run was canceled, and now this. At least Myrtle Beach happened, so there's that.
So here we are. Training readjusted and I've got a little more time for marathon training and I'm headed into my next full race on a familiar course. Now if the humidity would just disappear, everything would be fine.