Hey guys! Anyone miss me this week while I’ve been packing and spazzing out like a crazy person? Actually I’ve been extremely busy with work, coaching track, throwing, giving away, and selling stuff online, and packing for the move, so I really haven’t had much blog time until now.
Yesterday I ran my last Florence race for awhile- the National Trails Day 5K at McLeod Health and Fitness Center.
With all the stress, I haven’t been resting like I should or eating a healthy diet. For example, I went back to work after track on Thursday night. I usually eat dinner when I get home from track, but instead, I ended up polishing off a bag of potato chips at my desk at work. I don’t even like potato chips, but I guess running, coaching, and then going to work messed up my routine and I went for the only thing available- which wasn’t healthy. I didn’t sleep too great that night either… or the night before, err, you get the picture.
Friday night- the night before this race- I went to a friend’s house for a going away get together and we ate Papa John’s pizza and S’mores ice cream. Yeah… definitely don’t recommend eating that pre-race, but I’d rather risk having a not-so-stellar race than miss out on hangout time with friends. We had a great time eating pizza and chatting!
What I’m saying is- if you put junk into your body, you can expect a junky run. It’s just like getting bad gas in your car- and if you don’t put enough fuel in your body, don’t get surprised when it “breaks down” on the road during a run.
The Start and Finish lines always hold you accountable for how you treat your body.
My finish time wasn’t great- I started out way too fast. The race was more about seeing all my running buddies one last time and hanging out than winning an award or running a personal record. I know that once I’m settled in Charleston, trained, rested, nourished, and less stressed, I’ll be able to run faster times. Finish times reflect more than numbers on a clock, and stress is definitely a factor.
But, any race is a nice break from packing and cleaning, and I really enjoyed myself! Over 100 people ran, including some track kiddos, Fitness World running club peeps, and my awesome friend Tiffany who hasn’t run a 5K race in *forever*. She planned her “comeback” so we could run one last Florence race together, until I return to visit of course ;).
Track kiddos represented today too. They’re all going to run amazing times at the USATF State Finals meet next Saturday, and I hate that I can’t be there. I’ll definitely see them at the Charleston area cross country meets next Fall, though. Even if I’m coaching for another team, I’ll still be super proud of the Florence Track Club kiddos- there’s something special about the first team you coach.
After the race, I came home, showered, and packed and cleaned pretty much all day. Then, Clay and I had one last Saturday date night in Florence; we went to Thai House for curry and shared a baklava sundae from Sundae House. No way would we move without one last baklava sundae!
Clay starts his new programming job on Monday morning. He’s staying in Charleston with a friend for a few days until Friday when we officially move down. We still have tons to pack and clean and will probably come back on Saturday to clean the carpet in the apartment and move the last few things. I’ll blog again before we leave, but then posts will be sporadic until we’re unpacked and the internet is hooked up at our new home. Of course, I’ll have posts after we get settled!
Here’s to more running buddies, new courses to test out, and running race numbers to add to the wall- but never forgetting my Florence friends!