This recap shouldn’t take long because I didn’t run very much this week in preparation for the Cooper River Bridge Run.
Monday- 7 mile long run (because I slacked off on Sunday)
Tuesday- 5.2 mile run at an easy pace
Wednesday- Elliptical & Core
Thursday- Elliptical & Arms
Friday- Complete rest day
Saturday- 7.7 miles total (6.1 was the Cooper River Bridge Run)
Sunday- Rest day
Last Sunday I had all intentions of getting my long run in but for some reason it just didn’t happen. By 6pm I found myself in my pajama’s eating Easter candy on the couch with a glass of wine. Ya know, some days you eat healthy and workout, some days you eat 14 reese cups and lay on the couch all day. It’s called a life of balance.
Monday night I made up my long but kept the pace very slow. I did not want to do anything to tire my legs out for Saturday. All week my nerves and thoughts surrounded the Bridge Run and how my body would react to everything around me.
Tuesday I met up with Lana and we got to watch the most beautiful sunset. We went out for an easy 5 mile run for me. No speed work this week as I needed my legs to be as fresh as possible. This I knew was going to be my last run before the race and it did scare me a little at how slow I was taking that run but I had to trust my training. “keep it light, keep it easy” was my constant thought process.
Wednesday & Thursday I did an hour on the elliptical machine with no resistance. This was just to keep my legs loose and give me a little bit of cardio. I didn’t want to be a couch potato for 3 days because I didn’t want my legs to tighten up either. This was just enough for me to feel like I got in a nice workout.
Friday I spent my day foam rolling, stretching, and doing yoga. I did every one of my hip opener exercises and made sure I was chugging water. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever drank that much water in my life. I wanted to be able to wake up as hydrated as possible. I even put water next to my bed and every time the baby woke up, I got up and had a drink.
Saturday was race day! I’m sure if you saw Facebook, you’ll know that I PR’ed that beast. I’m still riding a runners high over it. A race recap will be coming very soon all about the Bridge Run.
Sunday was a day of rest. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel after the Bridge Run. Honestly, my body felt fine. I had no aches or pains and my legs felt great. I probably could have run but recovery is important and I am terrible at it. So I took the day to just soak in my accomplishments, regroup and refocus on my next set of goals, and I met up with Ben from Birthdays for All to talk about our plan for the future of the fundraiser!
I’m so excited for everything coming up in the future. As for racing, my next race I’m focused on is the Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta. Obviously, my new goal is to sub 45. 1 freaking second man, 1 freaking second. I plan to start Hal Higdon’s advanced 10K training plan next week to prepare for it. I used Hal’s training plan 3 years ago when I was training for the Bridge Run. Although that time I used the beginners training plan. I’m excited to put this training plan into motion and see how well it works.
My next 5K I’m hoping to PR is going to be the Mom’s Run on May 7th. By PR, I simply mean shaving a few seconds off of my time. Based on my 10K pace at the Bridge Run, I should be running my 5K’s a little bit faster. I think sometimes I get in my own head at a 5K and I hold back. So I’m hoping between now and then I can push myself to possibly get back into the 21:XX for my 5K races.
For the Fundraiser, I’m working on getting lots of amazing prizes for the raffle. If you or anyone you know of has a local business that would be willing to help out by donating a gift card, or some items with their company logo, or even putting together a themed prize basket like a “movie night” basket with movie tickets, please let me know! All of the proceeds from the raffle will go straight to the fundraiser for Birthday’s for All. I will also feature your business in their own spotlight post here on the blog, on facebook, twitter, and instagram! So far I’ve raised $150 and my goal is to reach $1500 by my race in November. I appreciate everyone who has donated, shared the fundraiser, and helped out by donating to the raffle so far. You guys are amazing. It goes without saying, I love my village.