Happy Monday everyone . Or, as happy as a Monday can be if you went back to work. Things here in Charleston have been really busy. This past weekend was the biggest tourist weekend so far this year (not surprised after it took me 2 hours to go to a grocery store and bank on Friday- traffic was pretty bad) since the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K was taking place.
I didn’t run the Cooper River Bridge Run this year. I’m not a huge fan of large crowded races, and since this is the 3rd largest 10K in the US, it definitely qualifies as a big race. This year they limited registration, but it was still really big… and I thought the Charleston Marathon race weekend was a bit big…
Even though I didn’t participate in the actual race, I went to the expo at the North Charleston Coliseum to promote TrySports Mt. Pleasant and talk to local runners and runners visiting from out of town. At the expo, I handed out coupons, talked about run club, registered people to win giveaways and receive our e-mails, and best of all, hung out and had a crazy time eating the tasty samples.
The expo had free samples of ice cream- clearly they know what this runner likes to eat .
On Friday night, I welcomed the Fitness World Run Club to Charleston by organizing a pre-race dinner at Parson Jack’s Café here in West Ashley. The restaurant doesn’t have a view, isn’t downtown, and doesn’t have a famous named chef, but it does have tasty food, a friendly staff, and great prices . I tried to keep everyone’s budget in mind (everyone was traveling from out of town, and gas and hotels aren’t cheap), as well as eating preferences and locations. Plus, lots of great Charleston restaurants are located off the beaten path and this is definitely one of them .
I also baked peanut butter caramel cookies and ordered this awesome cookie cake from the Harris Teeter bakery, since my baking skills aren’t up to par to actually make one of these . Harris Teeter did a great job.
We had 23 people at our pre-race dinner and everyone had a great time. Since this run club formed two months before I moved to Charleston, I was only able to physically be a part of it for a short amount of time. However, we have an active Facebook group that keeps me motivated as well as a few others who’ve moved or live in other places that are active- so I feel like a part of the run club, even though I haven’t run a race in Florence since November.
Of course, a lot of new people have joined the run club since I moved (it’s only been oh, 10 months!), so this was my first time meeting some people who I’ve only talked to online. I love that running lets us have bonds like that. We even took a big group picture- I’m in the front wearing the Running to Heaven shirt from last year’s Race for Taylor.
On race day, I ended up running 8 miles in my neighborhood and didn’t even time it, but everyone who ran the race had lots of fun. It was most people’s first time running this race and a few people’s first 10K ever, so instant personal or course record .
Congratulations to everyone who participated- it is *not* an easy run over that bridge… and yes, that’s my painting and Clay’s perler bead art.
As for me, I am training pretty hard for this year’s Race for Taylor. I’ve been running a speed workout once a week and doing three really hard runs per week, usually on my own. The days I’m not running, I rest *a lot*- meaning I do yoga or run very easy with friends and run club .
When I started running with the TrySports run club, most of us were training for a half marathon or full marathon. Now, most of us are just running for fun, not training for anything specifically, and I kind of like that better. I run with other people and encourage them more, then get my actual workouts in another time.
It’s actually quite enjoyable not chasing after the speedy run clubbers. Plus, it keeps me from falling into the comparison trap that sometimes happens in group settings or feeling bad because I couldn’t keep up with someone else- which sometimes happened when I did boot camp and CrossFit classes before moving down here. The group I run with is amazing, with tons of paces (everything from Boston Marathon qualifiers to Couch to 5Kers), and I’m lucky enough to be able to run with most of them, so why not?
I hope everyone has a great week. I’ll be back later this week with more fun stuff and hopefully more house stuff. Still keeping our fingers crossed on everything… .