Weekly Training Rundown

180 days till Chicago- My birthday week!

This was a beautiful week of running. The terrible race is behind me and I’m looking forward. My eye is on October. Any race that I do between now and then holds no bearing on my attitude. I have scraped all “goals” from any 5k, 10k, or half marathon that falls before my Marathon. Those races aren’t goal races and I’m going to treat them just like that. My entire focus, my energy, my training is all going 110% to Chicago.

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Monday: I actually managed to get out of bed at 5:30 am and be out the door running by 6. I took it easy and just did 4 nice and easy miles in the morning. I think I might prefer running in the mornings as there is enough traffic that I feel safe in the dark. There were school buses out and people waiting with their kids at the bus stops. I got to watch the sun rise and there is something about starting your day already accomplishing a good work out, that makes you just feel so good.

I hit up hot yoga Monday evening and got to work out those pesky hips some more. I love my teacher at hot yoga because she is all about pushing yourself to try new things. I accomplished a few things like holding my head stand unassisted in class that had me beaming with joy. I’m also trying to do yoga for 10-15 minutes every night before bed to keep working on my practice when I can’t make it to class.

Tuesday: Rest day. I couldn’t drag my butt out of bed since my youngest had a hard time sleeping. She was up from 2-4 am and that wiped me out completely. I turned my alarm off while I was up with her because I knew I just wouldn’t budge.

Tuesday evening my husband took me out for my Birthday dinner since we had plans on my actual birthday. We went to Blossom for dinner where we shared the Tuna Poke bowl for an appetizer that was out of this world good. For my main course I  had the warm beet salad that was topped with candied pistachios, arugula, and goat cheese. I also had the scallops that came over grits and had shrimp on top. Two glasses of wine later and I had absolutely no room for dessert! We had a really nice evening and I’m glad that we could get out for a date night. Shout out to Lana for being the absolute best at babysitting for us so we could get.

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Wednesday: I got up early again! Woop woop, I was up and out the door again at 6am. My original plan for this run was to do 1 mile warm up, 4 miles tempo, and a 1 mile cool down. Unfortunately the heat and the humidity really kicked my butt. I got 1 tempo mile in and ditched that plan. My calves were feeling the same way they did on the bridge run which is starting to concern me. I’ve ran 40 mile weeks with hard workouts and never really had my calves feel trashed. They don’t hurt in pain, they hurt from fatigue. Literally they feel like I ran 100 miles up hill. I’m starting to get concerned that I’m lacking some sort of nutrient in my system because like I said, I’ve done a lot of hard workouts and ran much more than I am now and never felt my calves fatigue after 2 miles of running hard. I made an appointment for the next day to go see my doctor to have blood drawn to make sure that I’m not anemic since giving up meat.

Wednesday evening I had all intentions of going to Yoga and right before I left, my oldest started vomiting in her room. Cue bath time, laundry, and back rubs as she dry heaved for an hour. Thankfully she was fine after that but I stayed up on the couch with her to make sure she was alright.

Thursday: MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t get a workout in Thursday and I’m completely fine with that. It’s my birthday and I’ll do what I want which included free Jersey mikes grilled veggie sub & a gigantic cookie.

Thursday evening was my birthday happy hour with some of my friends here in Charleston. We went to Community Pizza House and had the entire rooftop bar to ourselves. Normally they don’t open the rooftop on Thursday evenings but they made an exception for my party. Our bartender was a riot and was handing out free shots left and right. I’m sure you can all imagine how my night ended, ha. I’m a light weight and my birthday every year does a good job of reminding me of this.

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Friday: Hungover 5 miles to rid my body of the toxins it took in the night before. I’m really lucky to have fabulous neighbors who will watch my girls for me so that I can go for a run when the husband can’t get home in time. These miles were me going based on effort and not really me looking at my watch. My legs have been feeling shot lately so I imagined this run going worse than it did. The 5 miles I put in actually were at a pretty nice pace and didn’t feel like my calves were going to give out.

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Saturday: On Saturday my girl friends here in Charleston picked me up and took me out to Kiawah for the day/night. We got a house on the island for some much needed girl time for my birthday. When we got out to Kiawah we went to Red’s Ice House for lunch out on the open patio upstairs. The views were beautiful and the food was really good too.

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After we came back to the house and packed up for the beach. It was kind of chilly out so we packed blankets, snuggled up in our sweaters, and had a cooler full of yummy drinks. We set up on a nice empty part of the beach with our music and drinks, just relaxing and enjoying each others company. An evening of board games and laughs was just the perfect way to spend my birthday with the girls.

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In the morning we headed out to Fat Hen for a delicious brunch, cleaned up and headed home.

Sunday: Sunday was a tough one. I was a little  a lot hungover but I wasn’t about to skip my long run. I waited a few hours into the afternoon and decided that a good run will help make me feel better. It was a confidence boosting run because my pace was good, even though it was extremely hot & humid, and my legs felt really good. Side note to remember though: It’s chafing season, I need to remember my body glide with wearing running shorts. Ouch.

I hope you all had a FABULOUS week!

 

XoXo

Michelle

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “180 days till Chicago- My birthday week!

  1. It looks like you had a fabulous time at Blossom for your birthday, and going to the beach with your friends, and Community Pizza! You really made the most of turning 30 :). I haven’t been to Blossom but I do love Community Pizza. And, I love that you had Lana to baby sit while you and Tony went to Blossom.

    Glad you got some good runs in! I have the complete opposite attitude about races right now. I’m so relieved to be registered for NOTHING so this means it’s impossible to DNS, haha. I’m going to have to switch to morning running soon like you, and it is always neat to see people who are out. When I used to run first thing in the morning, the kids waiting for the bus would cheer for me and it was hilarious!

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  2. I definitely made celebrating 30 a week long event, ha. You’d like Blossom because I know you still eat seafood like I do and their seafood dishes are out of this world. Community Pizza House has become one of my absolute favorite places in Charleston as of late. The food and beer is good, the service is fast, and they are always so wonderful when I call to block off an area for a big group. For football once they let us have the big table at the bar, gave us the remote to the TV so we could watch the game, and were just great with servicing such a large group.

    I can understand being excited for the break. I’m not registered for nearly as much as I’m used to this time of year. I normally have two races a week on some weeks but not this year. The focus is on Chicago and races mess up the training schedule. I think I’ve got i5k, moms run, and that half in North Carolina in May and that is it. I’m going to do one or two RTL (I’ll be out of town for some of them this year) but I’m cutting way back on 5k races. It’s so weird to not be registered for all the usual ones. I kind of am bummed because I really like seeing the year over year differences with those races but they will be around next year to do again.

    Morning running is great when I can get my butt out of bed. I always feel so much better when I’m home by 7am and my run is done for the day. It’s also allowing me to do “doubles” where I can run in the morning and then go to Yoga or do Pump in the evenings. That is adorable that the kids would cheer for you. That certainly would make me want to run in the morning!

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