. . . being uncomfortable
Training Week 6: Best Damn Race Savannah Half
When it came to running, this week was definitely all about being uncomfortable — as in pushing, not as in pains/injuries. I ran a 10 mile LSD on a real beast of a day — feels like single digits with winds gusting up to 30 mph (but there was sun!). A tough 10k today — much less wind, but still some, and just as cold.
I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home (who are up to shenanigans again) to share how I toughed out some pretty nasty running weather this week. But no snow! Still! Oh, we get some showers now and again, but we are still snow free and that makes my heart sing.
- Monday: Dogwalk, YFPR Align & Alleviate (30 minutes)
- Tuesday: Yogaworks AM Yoga (10 minutes), TM Speedwork, Dogwalk, FFF Wind Down Yoga (20 minute)
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, DM Total Body (15 Minutes)
- Thursday: SB WU (10 minutes), DM Pilates (9 minutes)
- Friday: 10 Mile windy, brutally cold LSD, TBL Pilates (30 minutes)
- Saturday: Rest Day
- Sunday: 10k, Iron Strength Glutes (15 minutes)
Mileage: 21 (NC)
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Errands in the afternoon, which left me on the mill in the morning since we’d had some sleety kind of stuff in the morning. Upped the total run to 5 miles (I’d been doing 4 on the mill) and the repeats to 8. Practiced some gratitude on the run and goterdone.
Just like last Friday, we finally got some sun. Except it was in the teens with winds of 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. I layered up — the only thing that was really cold were my quads/ hamstrings (despite my toasty cheeks skirt) — and got out there somewhat early (9:30, LOL), telling myself it really wasn’t going to warm up so I might as well get er done.
And I did. The first 5 weren’t too bad, but battling wind always tires me out and it showed with a slow down the last 3 miles. I was tempted to call it quits at 9 miles; I won’t lie. But I persevered, and I finished 10, and despite the slow down at the end, the run was still a good pace for me. Maybe it was the lemon essential oil I dabbed on myself before the run? I’d like to say I wanted it over so I ran faster — I definitely wanted it over, but that doesn’t always translate into running faster!
I also consoled myself with the fact that while it could be cold in Savannah, it will not be that cold.
Another very cold, but very sunny morning for the third Winter Series. Most of my running buddies were doing the 3 miler, as they’d run long the day before, but I was tackling the 10k. I was able to line up with a couple of friends, thankfully, although of course they were soon out of sight as I was way BOTP (and probably DFL to begin — but I reeled in a few runners those first few miles!).
The plan was to treat this as a tempo run. Let’s just say that that plan soon flew out the window, as my splits were all over the place. The good news is that I was just 1 minute off my 10k PR — set just 3 months ago — and that it was a course PR. By several minutes. I thought I’d only run the 10k one time before today, but apparently I’ve had “race” amnesia and run it several times.
I did “run” into the trouble the last mile when I saw when friend who was also running the 10k coming back towards me — was I supposed to circle the cone and go around again? I stopped, ran down to the course marshals, stopped to ask again . . . so I was actually even closer to that PR!
Even though my splits were all over the place, they were all faster than when I ran this race 2 years ago (I didn’t run any of the winter series last year). It may not have gone according to plan but I’m still pretty darn pleased with it.
Favorites of the week
We had our second running group bookclub meeting this weekend. The last was in December 2017; a good time was had by all. I got several compliments on the fritata I brought, which, btw, came from the Healthy Glow Guide Reset. Healthy Glow Guide is closing its doors today, but you can get the guides at 75% off here using the code KEEPONGLOWING.
If you’re a foodie and love healthy recipes, these are great guides, split into Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter and as I mentioned a Reset. Some of the recipes can be a little time consuming and expect to have way more than 5 ingredients, but seriously, they are so good. The Taco Soup from the Reset is one of Mr. Judy’s favs, although I leave out the beans, which I love — but him, not so much. I’m sad to see them folding up their doors. I have no affiliation with HGG, but I’ve been a fan for years!
It was another strong week, and the roads are still clear — so despite the extreme cold, life is pretty good.
I did get a nice compliment from a local at today’s race saying that she loved my blog — thanks, Dee! Made my day.
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do you enjoy cooking even when it’s a little involved?
Do you enjoy healthy recipe ebooks — got any to recommend to me?
Running in feels like single digits?