Another week of training for the Charles Street 12 is complete! And now it is less than a month away. I finally registered for the race this week, so I guess I’m really doing it!
This week was similar to last week but instead of speed work I did a hill workout on the treadmill. I also got out with the stroller during the week (rather than doing an early morning treadmill run). The heat and humidity was annoying over the weekend, but nothing unusual for Maryland in August.
Tuesday: Strength Training
Wednesday: 5 mile hill workout
I did this on the treadmill which I think worked out well. The workout was a 10 minute warm up, 5 x 2 minutes hard uphill, 10 minute cool down. I think it would have been tough to find a hill outside to run up for 2 minutes (at least one close by home). This workout felt hard but I do think I could have pushed a little more. By the last few intervals I was able to pick up my pace a bit and I think I could have done the same on the earlier ones.
Thursday: 3 stroller miles
My training plan has me doing an optional 3 mile run on Wednesdays and a harder run on Thursdays, but I switched things up this week. I decided to do a stroller run on Thursday. This was my first time taking the stroller out by myself without Rob to split it up with. I was able to run the full 3 miles with it, but I wouldn’t say the run was “easy”!
Friday: Strength Training
I was really tired and glad I was strength training and not running!
Saturday: 10 miles
I switched my schedule up once again and did my long run on Saturday instead of Sunday. It was nice to get it over with and then I felt less pressure to get it done on Sunday. It was hot and humid again but what else is new? I was supposed to do the last mile around half-marathon pace and I ended up doing it in 8:10, which seems about right for my fitness right now. I think I drank 20 gallons of water throughout the rest of the day.
Sunday: 4 mile stroller run
Rob ran with the stroller for the first 2 miles and I did the second 2 miles. I’m still having a hard time steering. I feel like I just can’t seem to get the front wheel going exactly straight ahead!
I’m feeling like I am glad this is a relatively short training cycle and that I don’t have anything planned beyond this race. While I am really enjoying the process of training again, it’s pretty exhausting! I also think that is due to just being generally stressed/busy with life and not getting as much sleep as I used to. This plan feels like a good balance that will get me to the start line ready for the race without overdoing it.
When is your next race? How far ahead do you start planning for what’s next?
Are you used to the summer weather yet? Ready for fall?