Weekly Rundown: August 22-28

I’m officially back on the training plan after our Seattle vacation.

This week was a little different because I had my first 5K race since Race the Landing #5. I did a few quality runs as well as a couple of recovery runs to freshen up for Race for the Ark.

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Monday 45 minutes strength training + 7.1 miles (bridge)
Tuesday 6.3 miles
Wednesday 8 miles (treadmill intervals) + 3 miles (pub run)
Thursday 4.15 miles
Friday No workout
Saturday 7.5 miles including Race the Ark 5K (21:20)
Sunday 10.1 miles
Total 46.2 miles + strength training

The highlights of my week were my group runs and Race for the Ark, so I’ll keep it simple and talk about those.

On Wednesday, I went to Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant for the Luau Pub Run bash. As a Race 13.1 Ambassador, I wanted to formally meet Dan (series director) and promote their upcoming Charleston race. I blogged about Race 13.1 Charleston a few weeks ago and chatted with a couple of people about the race during and after the group run. If you live in the Charleston area or are interested in visiting, check out Race 13.1 Charleston on October 29.

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Wednesday is normally my track day, so I did my workout on the treadmill and used the 3 mile pub run as a recovery run/extended cooldown. Shelby from Fleet Feet took pictures and I did my best to smile even though it was Mile 10 for the day (Side note: Shelby is super encouraging and would be really great at Mile 12 of a Half Marathon or Mile 25 of a full).

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On Thursday, I ran with Charleston Beer Runners. I normally take Thursday off since it’s the day between track and my Friday tempo runs, but since I was racing on Saturday, I opted to do an easy shakeout run and take Friday off. I parked my car at the hosting bar, Edmund’s Oast, ran a mile to Hampton Park, then ran about three miles with the group back to Edmund’s Oast.

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Edmund’s Oast has a great happy hour with $4 drink and appetizer specials. The appetizers are super small but the drinks are a great deal, and they have some unique ones on the menu, including a Peanut Butter and Jelly beer. I opted for a cocktail called the Olde Thyme and it was delicious and strong. I’m a lightweight and a cheap date- it only takes one drink for me.

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Charleston Beer Runners go to a different bar or restaurant each week, and it’s gotten me out of my comfort zone to try some new places. As you can see from Eryn’s pictures, we had a really big crowd for this run.

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Friday was my weekly rest day. I’m pretty diehard about taking a day off running each week to catch up on laundry and life. Dillard’s had a super sale, so I went to the mall and bought some new luggage for myself and some shirts for Clay. Clay’s lost a lot of weight with MMA/BJJ so we’re replacing his shirts! We went to a pool party and barbeque with his coworkers that evening.

Saturday was Race for the Ark 5K! I ran a good race and enjoyed hanging out with my friends and training partners. I ran a 21:20, and I’ll write a full recap of the race later this week.

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After the race, I bought groceries and got my car washed at a donation car wash hosted by the Summerville High School Band. While driving in town, I passed two more car washes hosted by the other two high schools’ bands. Everyone in Summerville should have a clean car. I spent the rest of Saturday afternoon resting until that evening, when we went to a Lowcountry boil and board games party with some friends.

Sunday was a typical post-race long run of 10 miles, then Clay and I went to Bluerose Cafe for brunch with our friends Kelsey and Ian. This was our first brunch experience at Bluerose, and it was a success. I had an eggplant parmesan frittata and Clay ordered the crab cake benedict. The brunch also came with a plate of breads and pastries for the table.

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We didn’t wait long, the eggs benedict was runny (I love runny eggs!), and the price was right at only $12.50 a person. The staff at Bluerose gets to know you and recognizes you when you come back, and it’s truly a local gem away from the hustle and bustle and tourist destinations downtown. We’ve always loved Bluerose Cafe for breakfast and lunch, and it’s safe to say we’ll be adding it to our Sunday brunch rotation as well now.

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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Seattle Vacation Recap

Last week, Clay and I vacationed in Seattle, Washington. It was a trip full of firsts- our first visit to Seattle, our first time on the West Coast, and our first cross-country flight.

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Clay and I chose to vacation in Seattle for a few obvious reasons. Since I run and Clay does MMA/BJJ, August worked out really well for our work and workout schedules. Clay went to the NAGA grappling tournament in Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago, and I was far enough out from my Fall races to take a few days off and not feel too guilty. Both of us work in software development, but neither of us had impending releases at work.

Once we figured out a great weekend to vacation, we had to decide where to go. We love cruises, but with summer vacationers and hot weather in Charleston, we wanted to visit a cooler destination. Alaska Airlines began offering nonstop flights from Charleston to Seattle last year, so Seattle was a no-brainer.

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Since we were on vacation, we were glorified tourists in Seattle. We visited Pike’s Place Market the EMP museum, and the Woodland Park Zoo. We rode the monorail, SeaTrak lightrail, and used LYFT to get around.

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With our AirBNB’s convenient location off Pike Street, we walked all over downtown. I didn’t run in Seattle, but we walked 8-11 miles each day, so I logged even more steps than usual. Unlike Charleston, Seattle has legitimate hills, so our quads and shins felt all the steps.

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With all the walking, we worked up an appetite and ate lots of delicious food. Clay and I are both Yelp Elites so we use Yelp to find the best hidden gems anywhere we visit. The Seattle food was cheaper than Charleston, and we had a great experience at each restaurant. I feel like I’m carb-loaded for the next few weeks as my pants are now tighter…

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The highlight of our trip was our first NFL preseason game, the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Minnesota Vikings. Even though it’s only preseason, the entire city of Seattle seemed excited for the game and we saw people wearing Seahawks gear everywhere. I’m sure that’s just part of having an NFL team in your city or even state. South Carolina is NFL-less and the Carolina Panthers are really based in Charlotte, NC…

Although we don’t have a favorite NFL team, one of Clay’s high school classmates plays for the Seahawks, so we follow them closely. We’ve been to tons of South Carolina Gamecocks football games, but the atmosphere at an NFL game is so much different! CenturyLink field gets *loud* and all the fans are so excited to be there. We wish the outcome was different (Seattle lost at the end), but we loved the game!

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The weather was gorgeous in Seattle, and the morning temperatures were so cool, it basically felt like Thanksgiving. When we left Friday morning, I wanted to bottle up the temperatures and bring them home with me, but no such luck. I guess it was a nice hint of how November will feel in Charleston.

We had an amazing vacation but are grateful to be home and back to life, work, MMA/BJJ, and running. Until the next vacation…

Places we visited:

  • Pike Place Market – If you visit Seattle, you must visit Pike Place Market. Touristy, yes, but you can’t skip it. It’s right on the water, so take a jacket if you might get chilly.
  • Pacific Place Mall – Upscale mall with a movie theatre and lots of high-end stores.
  • The EMP Museum – This museum has exhibits on Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Star Trek, and the Seahawks. Take the monorail from downtown.
  • Woodland Park Zoo – Very nice zoo with a lot of animals I’d never seen before that are native to the Pacific Northwest. We took a bus from downtown, but the bus stopped conveniently right in front of the zoo.
  • CenturyLink Field – Home of the Seattle Seahawks! Take the LightRail to the International District stop, which is conveniently located around the corner from the stadium.

Restaurants where we ate:

  • HoneyHole Sandwiches– Great hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop by our AirBNB. They serve sandwiches late in the night, which is helpful when your plane gets in late and it feels like 1 AM to your East Coast stomach.
  • Market Diner– The Dungeness crab and avocado omelet was delicious. It was my first time having Dungeness crab as opposed to east-coast crab.
  • Piroshky Piroshky– These stuffed pastries make a great snack at Pike’s Place Market. The line was long but moved quickly and was worth the wait.
  • Italian Family Pizzeria– This is a hole-in-the-wall pizza place in First Hill. Someone on Reddit’s Advanced Running forum recommended it, and it didn’t disappoint. Delicious NY style, thin-crust pizza.
  • Evolution Fresh Salad– Part of the Starbucks family. They customized salads made in front of you as well as wraps and juices. A great light lunch.
  • Molly Moon’s Ice Cream– Best ice cream we had in Seattle! The vanilla was rich but not super heavy. The salted caramel was a little *too* caramel and salty for me, but the vanilla cut the flavor well.
  • Cherry Street Coffee Shop– Great bagels and coffee. I had a tomato, basil, egg, and cheese on a pizza bagel, and if we’d stayed longer, we would’ve gone back for breakfast.
  • Taco Chuki’s– Hole-in-the-wall taco shop with delicious tacos. The line is long but the wait is worth it. It was my first time trying nopales (cactus) tacos and they were delicious!
  • Lost Lake Diner– Delicious and cheap breakfast happy hour. Slow service, though.
  • Harbor City Restaurant – Dim Sum/Chinese restaurant in the International District, close to CenturyLink Field. Dim Sum is basically a collection of appetizers, but you can easily fill up on them without emptying your wallet.
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