Charles St 12 miler training: 8/14 – 8/20/17

Happy Monday everyone! I’m taking a much needed rest day today after two good days of running over the weekend. And who is going to take in the Eclipse? It’s supposed to rain here during the eclipse, but I’ll likely watch on TV (to save my eyes – don’t have glasses), and take in the light changes around me before going to work!

This was my last big week of training before starting to simmer down for the Charles Street 12. I feel much better prepared for this race then when I ran it 3 (?!?!) years ago.

Charles Street 12 Miler

Monday: Rest day (Always. But not for much longer…)

Tuesday: 7 miles easy (on the treadmill). I hadn’t been on the treadmill in months and actually didn’t mind it!

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Wednesday: 5.7 miles at November Project. Ran the 5:30 workout HARD, and got a PR for that specific workout, then ran the 6:30 session with a friend. It was a day where I could truly see improvement and I felt so proud of myself. However, I ran out of water and it was hot/humid, and I spent the rest of the day in a dehydrated stupor.

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Normally make it to #7, made it through exercise 10. (15 of a # exercise, then alternating laps/1/2 set of stairs)

Thursday: 25 minutes of strength work, but no run. It was really hot once again, and I wasn’t quite feeling recovered from the day before.

Friday: Rest day – my typical second rest day, I failed at getting up to run. Once again, it was blistering hot. I did walk at least 3 miles in DC that afternoon.

Saturday: 12 miles on the second half of the Charles Street 12 course.  Ran 6 miles uphill to where I stopped during my last course run, and 6 miles back down. The hills were hard, but definitely didn’t kill me. I was planning for 14, but by the time I got back to the harbor, it was a real feel of 90 and I was feeling pretty dehydrated again (despite drinking Nuun and almost my whole hydration pack of water). 2 miles isn’t worth getting sick.

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Sunday: 5.86 miles at a local run-club 10K. I almost didn’t go, as I felt horrible the night before (dehydration, probs). But it was in the low 60’s and I couldn’t pass that up. The course was short, but I was proud of a race pace/intervals effort (120:30) and had an average pace of 9:54. My 2 minute running intervals were consistently run in the high 8’s/low 9’s. Once again, progress.

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Total miles: 30.6

This is no more miles than the last two weeks, but I did miss one run. My legs are feeling great after a hard month of training. Just two more weeks until this race, and then training for the Goofy Challenge officially begins!

Do you have any upcoming races?

How are you handling this heat? It hasn’t affected me too much this summer, but this week was rough.

Do you have special Eclipse plans?


2 thoughts on “Charles St 12 miler training: 8/14 – 8/20/17

  1. Solid week, girl! Great work…. definitely handling the heat! 🙂
    (I usually go to the gym when it’s so hot or run early in the mornings (but only on weekends).


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