This past weekend, I met up in Memphis with Coach Jenny to run the St. Jude Half Marathon. The run was really an excuse to go see her, meet her family, and vacation. And by vacation, I mean eat at all the great places in Memphis!
It turned out to be a little experiment to see what would happen if I did the bare minimum training for the race while continuing my Venus workouts. I did not want to:
- run more than I had to
- experience the hunger that comes with all that cardio
- give up any of my normal 5 days a week of lifting
So my plan was to:
- Lift Monday-Friday
- Do one long run on the weekend
- Take a rest day each week
- Maintain metrics
I try to run most weekends whether I have a race or not. It keeps up my lung capacity and helps my asthma. It has its purpose but I don’t love running; I love lifting. The change I experience from lifting is more tangible. I can see it, feel it.
I wrote up my own running plan to taper up a mile every few weeks before the race, topping out at 12 miles. Unfortunately, I got sick and wasn’t able to run for the 3 weeks before the race. I saved what energy I did have for lifting. It took priority.
I did a pretty good job of maintaining my metrics. I stayed within a half inch. I tried to make sure to save extra calories for the day of the run and the day after to help with hunger. I kept up with my weekday lifting schedule, although some days there just was not much gas in the tank.
I didn’t have a personal best time for the race but it was not my slowest half either! I finished the half marathon in 2:05 which was a pleasant surprise. John has always said that a strong muscle is a fast muscle. Lifting does pay off for running!
The best part of the race was the course. It was amazing! We ran by the Mississippi River, down Beale Street, and through the St. Jude campus where millions of children have been and will continue to be cared for. I will never forget it.
Though Jenny and I have hung out many times together as we have become close friends, our families had never met. Our kids and husbands became fast friends. We hit all the sites and spent our down time learning how to finger knit along with the kids. We even went to an NBA game. Everyone had a blast!
It was an amazing trip! I am so thankful for the friends I have found through Venus and I look forward to more trips in the future.