Weekly Rundown: November 28–December 4

Happy December everyone! I hope you guys had a good recovery from Thanksgiving, whether you spent it Turkey Trotting or Carb Loading for your comeback race (I did the latter).

My week was okay. I did a little more running than last week, and I wish I could say it was completely pain free. I’m learning how to live with and manage the knee pain, at least, thanks to icy hot patches, hot packs, and a knee compression brace. I go back to the ortho on Monday and am hoping for a PT referral or some advice on kicking the pain for good.

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Monday 30 min. Arc Trainer + 4.1 miles + ITB Rehab Routine
Tuesday 60 min. Arc Trainer + ITB Rehab Routine
Wednesday 4.1 miles track
Thursday 60 min. Elliptical + ITB Rehab Routine
Friday 5.1 miles + 30 min. yoga
Saturday 60 min. yoga + ITB Rehab Routine
Sunday 7 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow

The highlight of my week was the track workout. It was great to run and have the crew together again. Most everyone did a 6 x 800m workout, and I ran 4 x 800m. My endurance is completely shot but I managed decent splits. I started my cooldown early and cheered for everyone still running, then we all headed to Montreaux for food and recovery beverages.

We have another track workout this Wednesday and then a week off since almost everyone is running the Kiawah Marathon or Kiawah Half Marathon. I really wish I was healthy enough to run it- my original plan was to shoot for a 1:35 half, but we know what happens to the best laid plans (like that marathon training plan I haven’t looked at in 4 weeks).

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On Thursday, I went to Crooked Crown with Charleston Beer Runners (who ran to Crooked Crown- I provided rides back to cars since it was a cross training day for me). We had a toy drive complete with Marines and filled an entire box for Toys for Tots. Crooked Crown also provided happy hour prices all night and free pop-tails (boozy popsicles) for everyone who donated a toy or $10. I had a chocolate porter/beer popsicle and some sweet potato tamales and will definitely be going back.

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Working from home, I don’t get to participate in my company’s toy drives and angel tree, so it was neat to be able to give back this holiday season by donating this way. The USMC Toys for Tots also presented Charleston Beer Runners with a nice certificate of appreciation for our donations.

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The weekend included more yoga, including the grand opening class at Soul Yoga and Wellness in West Ashley and a yoga class at ATT Lowcountry with Clay. Since I can’t run much, I’m enjoying yoga- I can get my heels down in Downward Facing Dog at the very beginning of class, so my flexibility has certainly improved. Yoga helps the knee pain more than the NSAIDs or “rest”, too. I bought an 8-class pass for Soul Yoga and look forward to going back.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out and read the other posts here.

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Running Medal Christmas Tree 2016

This week, I put up a running themed Christmas tree. I used medals as ornaments, a heat sheet for a tree skirt, and a race bib for a tree topper. Instead of presents under the tree, I have awards from placing in some of this year’s races.

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As I recover from a season-ending knee injury, I realize the leap of faith it takes to go for a run, let alone toe the starting line of a race. So many people will never run. Of course who do run, many will never train for a race. Of those who train, many will not start the race, and some will not finish. Finishing a race is an accomplishment.

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a Couch-to-5Ker, running takes you out of your comfort zone. You have to be brave to toe the start line of a race- brave enough to run what you hope will be your fastest race at a distance, longest distance, or first race post-injury.

A running Christmas tree is more than a Pinterest Project. Each medal tells a story far more complex than the finish time. One story involves setting goals and finishing a half marathon #CharlestonStrong, one second under your goal time. One story involves sloshing through a muddy trail in memory of a friend’s 9-year-old son who passed away but inspired a community. One story is about running in memory of a cousin who committed suicide and in honor of a new friend who received an organ transplant.

So many Christmas trees are “corporate”, with matching store-bought ornaments or fancy décor. Those trees are beautiful, but don’t represent me. I’m sweaty, smelly, scrappy, muddy, messy, and mismatched. I’m hard working, tenacious, and brave. I’m a runner.

Merry Christmas, and here’s to a 2017 filled with running fast, taking chances, and dreaming big.

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I’m grateful that so many local races, including the Charleston Marathon, Race the Landing Series, and James Island Connector Run recognize ALL runners by giving out finisher’s medals. All three of those races are some of my favorites, and I recommend them to anyone in the area (or outside of the area but willing to travel to Charleston).

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