Weekly Rundown: September 11 – 17

Never forget: You have a 100% success rate at surviving hard days.

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With Tropical Storm Irma, a trip to urgent care, another postponed race, mourning Cindy, and a janky right glute, this past week was a crazy one. You take life a day at a time and get by with a little help from your friends.
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Monday Rest Day – Tropical Storm Irma
Tuesday 8 miles (6 at long tempo pace) + 60 min. yoga
Wednesday 6.3 miles (track) + ITBS Rehab Routine
Thursday 7.1 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine
Friday Rest Day + Sports Massage
Saturday 12.1 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine
Sunday 8 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow
Total 41.5 miles

On Monday, Tropical Storm Irma dumped rain, winds, and tornado warnings on Charleston. Gyms, yoga studios, and businesses were closed. We had a small window that morning without any tropical storm conditions, but I overslept until 9 AM. My body obviously needed sleep more than it needed a run, so I didn’t stress about it.

Clay and I went to Waffle House for lunch (note that Waffle House is less than a mile from our home and the tropical storm conditions were not terrible at the time). Since the power was flickering, we had to order off the Waffle House “limited menu”. We tipped really well because the servers and cooks were rockstars during the storm.

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Downtown Charleston took a rough hit, but fortunately our home had no damage, and all the businesses (even downtown) were up and running by Wednesday. The trail race I was supposed to run was postponed because the trail was flooded, full of limbs, and wouldn’t be ready by Saturday. I was bummed, especially since the 911 Heroes Run last Saturday was also postponed, but if the worst I experience from Irma is another postponed race, I am very lucky.

Tuesday evening, Clay went to BJJ and hurt his knee. He cooked dinner that night and walked around the house and up the stairs, and we thought it was typical post-workout hurt. On Wednesday, he woke up and could hardly walk, so we headed to urgent care. Clay got a brace for his knee, an ace bandage, and medicine. Nothing was broken or torn, and he is doing much better now- just had to take the week off BJJ.

The trip to urgent care, combined with still being upset about Cindy’s death and the heat, made my Wednesday night track workout tough. The workout was mile repeats (3 x 1600, 400m jog recovery), which is hard enough without any outside stress.

The first mile repeat wasn’t so bad, but the second one was slower and tougher. I forgot to press the lap key when I paused my watch, so during the last mile repeat, I saw my watch was not working. I wanted to stop in the last mile repeat and make it 2 x 800m instead (which is still a great workout), but I powered through it. The last one was the slowest, but not giving up was a victory.

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I’ve had some tightness and aches in my right glute lately, so I did the ITBS Rehab Routine after some of my runs this week. Even if you don’t have ITBS, it’s a good stretching and strengthening routine for runners, and I’d rather do prehab than rehab. I don’t have much going for me lately with race times (when I get to run a race), but I want to still be able to say “At least I’m not injured” after all these crummy race finishes. I also got a much needed sports massage.

On Saturday, I ran a long run on the bridge. I saw a few other runners I knew, but a lot of the regular bridge runners were running races. I considered a few, but decided not to since I’d already done a tempo run and a mile repeat workout. I’m going through race withdrawals, but maybe the temperatures will drop by the time I race again.

Sunday, I ran 8 miles with the OnShore Recreation group. I ran with Brent and Skylar, and it was hard to believe that the streets we ran on were flooded on Monday! We saw a few signs of Irma, like furniture sitting by the road and debri waiting to be picked up. It was pretty warm, so we took some water breaks and chatted the whole time. It’s always good to share a run with friends, because the memories you make are what this sport’s all about (thanks Skylar for the photo!).

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I hope everyone has a great week!

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link and with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC.

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Remembering Cindy

Last Friday morning, I found out one of my closest friends, Cindy Salyer, was killed in a car accident Thursday night. Cindy (picture below in red) was travelling on I-26 to visit her mother, who was in the hospital after surgery.

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I’ve been friends with Cindy since 2013, and she was one of the kindest and most generous people I’ve ever met. From volunteering at road races to helping the homeless, she was always thinking of others. She volunteered with animal rescue/relief efforts as well as collected donations for refugees. Cindy and her life partner, Ed, also volunteered feeding the homeless and less fortunate almost every week.

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Cindy knew how to make your day special- whether you had a birthday or a bad day. On July 4, Cindy and I ran the I’ON Firecracker 5K. My race didn’t go as expected, and I was walking back to my car in tears when Cindy saw me and invited me out to coffee with her and Ed. We went to Cooper River Coffee Roasters for frappucinos, and that simple kind gesture turned my day around.

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After that, we went to that coffee shop almost every Saturday morning. Cindy and I didn’t run together, but I could always count on seeing her there around 9:30 when both of us – and some other local runners – finished up our long runs.

Cindy was a true ambassador for Charleston running. She made everyone feel like valued as a runner, whether you ran a 15 minute 5K or a 15 minute mile. She believed everyone had a place in this sport and in our running community. Her Monday night group run welcomed everyone, including walkers, and she was excited to run the Richmond Marathon and chalk it off her bucket list.

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If Cindy wasn’t running a race, she was volunteering at a race. Often, she was volunteering while wearing a race bib- off to run as soon as she was done handing out shirts. During hot or difficult races, Cindy was known for making friends on the course and encouraging them to the finish line.

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My last memory with Cindy was the Charleston Riverdogs game on the day of the Solar Eclipse, August 21. Cindy invited me to the game a few weeks before, and since I had no eclipse plans and hadn’t been to a baseball game, I joined her, Ed, Amy, and some other friends. We watched the eclipse and game, took pictures, met the news crews and NASA team members, and drank boozy milkshakes. It was a wonderful day.
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The days since Cindy’s death have been tough. On Saturday, just a little over 24 hours after I heard the news, I ran by “our” coffee shop. I haven’t gone back yet, but I will venture back someday, knowing there will be an empty seat at the table. I’ve seen articles and posts online and thought to myself that I would message that to Cindy, then realized I can’t.

Bridge runs, Riverdogs games, and Saturday mornings at Cooper River Coffee Roasters will never be the same- and neither will anyone who met Cindy. Knowing her has impacted all of us forever.

Never take your friends for granted. Cherish every run, ballgame, car ride, brunch date, sloppy selfie, and memory. Someday, those memories will be all you have.

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