Weekly Rundown: September 19-25

Happy Monday guys! It’s a new week and the last week of September- so let’s make the most of it. Here’s how my training looked this week.

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Monday 45 minutes strength + 7.1 miles (bridge)
Tuesday 6.2 miles AM + 3 miles PM (all easy)
Wednesday 8 miles, including tempo
Thursday 6.1 miles
Friday No workout
Saturday 7.2 miles, including Smokin’ Fast 5K (21:27)
Sunday 12 miles + 60 mins. BodyFlow
Total 49.6 miles + 45 min. strength + 60 min. BodyFlow

Monday was an uneventful morning lifting session followed by a bridge run with Steve, Richie, Kaitlyn, and Dustin. It was warm out and the bridge wasn’t packed at all, but I was glad to be done because a thunderstorm came just as I got home. I would not want to be on that bridge in a storm.

On Tuesday, I ran easy that morning, followed by the Charleston Running Club group run that evening. We ran the West Ashley Greenway, then had pizza at Mellow Mushroom Avondale. The Charleston Running Club is doing a great job with monthly events. Each month, we do a 3 mile group run in a different area of town, followed by snacks or food at a different venue. The runs have been on Tuesday night, so they don’t conflict with other groups/stores.

If you’re not a CRC member (or if you are but not attending the events), you’re missing out on a lot of fun lately. Plus, you can’t beat pizza after a run- and Mellow Mushroom never disappoints. We had a private area upstairs reserved for the club to eat and socialize.

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Wednesday was Pub Run Night, so we didn’t have track. With a 5K this weekend, I did a tempo run at half marathon pace to get some long miles on my feet at a faster pace, and it went well. I feel nervous each time the tempo run distance increases, but I always surprise myself. I think the pace runs will set me up for a strong half marathon when I eventually run one.

This weekend, I visited my parents and ran the Smokin’ Fast 5K in Lake City, which is a part of the South Carolina Tobacco Festival. My mom came out to the festival and race, and you can’t beat a good day with family. Our families are always our biggest fans! I was the first overall female at the race (it wasn’t a very big race), and I will recap it later this week.

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On Sunday, Melissa and I ran 12 miles on the Sawmill Branch Trail in Summerville. We had a great run and it was a bit faster than last week because it was foggy outside, which meant NO SUN! It was still humid, but the clouds helped a lot. I felt like I could’ve run 3-4 more miles, but I have to save something for next week and for later on in training. Why push it and have it backfire later? Sometimes that backfire includes burnout, injury, or having to take days off, so I stuck with 12 miles.

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With the increasing mileage and speedwork, I’m focusing on recovery big time over the next couple of weeks. I came home, put on my compression socks, and drank a delicious protein smoothie made of Orgain chocolate grass-fed whey, Fairlife milk, 2 tbsp. of caramel syrup, and 7 cubes of ice. The smoothie was like a dessert!

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Good luck with any Fall races you have coming up. If you’re in the Charleston area and don’t have a run on the calendar, I highly recommend the James Island Connector Run on October 22. It’s one of my favorite events in the Charleston area, and proceeds benefit the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, which helps students with disabilities go to college.

When you register for the James Island Connector Run, use the code Scott16 to save $5 on your registration fee. This makes the price only $30, which is a steal for what you get- a race, finisher’s medal, shirt, and free food and beer at the finish.

I hope everyone has a great 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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Life Lately- Late September Edition

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Tequila, Tacos, and Trivia at Local’s

On Tuesday, Clay and I joined his coworkers for Tequila,  Tacos, and Trivia at Local’s Bar in Mt. Pleasant. Local’s is a unique concept, as it’s a sports bar but they also serve other foods like hibachi, sushi, and tacos. Usually if a sports bar tries to serve un-sporty foods, this goes horribly wrong- but Local’s gets it right.

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I had two tacos- the grilled fish and the grilled shrimp, which are buy one get one half off on Tuesdays, and Clay had sushi. On other days of the week, they offer buy one get one half off sushi and different specials, including happy hour specials from 4-7. We got there early enough to double-dip and get the happy hour specials AND the Tuesday specials.

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Tuesday is trivia day, and our team won trivia, scoring a $50 gift card to Local’s!

Charleston Beer Runners

Thursday night is Clay’s game night and usually my rest day from running, so I’ve been hanging out with the Charleston Beer Runners. They run from Hampton Park to various restaurants and pubs downtown. A lot of people also park at the restaurant and run to the park for some extra mileage and to have cars at the finish.

Last week, we ran to Mac’s Place on East Bay Street. It’s a Chicago Bears bar with drink specials and really good pub food. The company was great as well. I’ve only run with the group one time but everyone is so welcoming even if you just want to hang out. It’s a lot of fun. Tonight’s meetup is the Beer Runners documentary movie, so I’m looking forward to a trip to the movies with everyone.

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Halloween is on the way

I got super excited when I spotted Monster Cereals in Walmart. I try to stay away from sugary cereals, but Count Chocula is one of my weaknesses.

It’s in a family sized box, which is perfect for those of us training for races and eating as much as a normal family.

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South Carolina vs. East Carolina Football Game

We love going to University of South Carolina games and haven’t been in a few years, so when our friend Jeffrey offered us tickets to Saturday’s sold out home game against ECU, we happily took him up on the offer. Charleston is only about an hour and a half from Columbia, so the drive isn’t too bad either.

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Football might be a Fall sport, but it certainly didn’t feel like Fall on Saturday. With temperatures in the 90s, we kept leaving our seats to go to the concessions area to cool off. Plus, it started at 4 PM and the sun was bright in the sky, so my nose now looks like Rudolph’s (oops). Despite the heat, we had a really awesome time and South Carolina pulled out the win. It was an ugly win, and we’re probably the worst 2-1 team in the NCAA right now, but a win is a win.

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I hope you guys are having a wonderful week so far- and I hope it’s cooler where you are!

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