I had to update my header picture. (This is a good problem to have.) I got my PR by just under 13 seconds and had a strong finish. I’ll have a full report eventually.
I’m late because I wanted to wait until I got an official weigh-in on Monday morning (I forgot about it Friday morning before I left town) and I ended up going in to the office on Monday instead of working from home (which is rare on Mondays), and then I got together with friends Monday evening (which is also somewhat rare).
I forgot to mention in my last wrap-up that I signed up for the Teal Diva 5K again this year. They moved it again, now it’ll be downtown, which means I’ll probably have more room to run, but it also means it probably won’t be as flat. And since I haven’t signed up for any other races, that’s currently my next race.
Weight Check: 170.5 pounds, down 0.9 from last week. I definitely enjoyed myself in Charleston after the race (Translation: food and beer), so I can’t complain. It would have been nice if I had gotten down into the mid-160s for the race, but I still did OK.
|Monday||3 miles easy||3.11|
|Tuesday||3 miles easy||3.11|
|Wednesday||3 miles easy||3.11|
|Friday||2 miles easy||2.01|
|Saturday||2019 Charleston Half Marathon||13.1|
Total: 24.44 miles
Monday was cool but still pleasant. My legs felt OK. My pace looked a little inconsistent, but the general trend was that it got faster as I went along. I’ll take it.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t as cool, 51 degrees, but very comfortable. My legs felt fine. I got faster as I went along. My average pace was a hair slower than Monday, but it was still a pretty solid run.
Wednesday was definitely cooler, 42 degrees. My legs felt fine. I started out a little slow, but once I got going, I really got going, with an average pace for the final full mile of 10:07.
Friday was a shakeout run. I’ve got mixed feelings about running the day before a race, but if I wanted to do 5 runs for the week, my options were either run 4 days in a row and take off Friday, or take off Thursday and do a shakeout run Friday. My coach recommended the second option. (Considering my updated header image, I think it worked.) It was cold, 32 degrees, but it would have been worse if I hadn’t waited until after 9 AM. The sun helped. My legs felt OK. I wanted to take it easy of course. I was maybe a hair faster than I wanted on the first mile (although the cold probably got me to subconsciously speed up a little bit), but I settled into the pace I wanted on the second mile.
Also, I wore my t-shirt from the 2016 Charleston Half Marathon. That one went pretty well.
Saturday was the race. I’ll do a full write-up, of course. And, yeah, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Up next, I start running again on Wednesday. I’ll ease back into it this week.