Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day long weekend (if you’re in the US and you were fortunate enough to have the day off work).
Clay and I celebrated by playing board games, eating, and shooting off fireworks with our friends David, Nadine, Nadeau, Grace, and their kids.
Since I’m no cook, we supplied snack-y foods and this delicious cookie cake from Harris Teeter.
I didn’t really take many pictures of our escapades, but we had a great time. The guys even had a little audience of neighborhood kids for the fireworks.
It’s hard to believe that one year ago, I spent July 4 running 20 miles at the Pointless 12 Hour Ultra, then hosting a big party at our new home. This year, I ran zero miles, we’ve lived in our home for over a year, and some of the people we celebrated last year have moved on (or moved away).
What a difference a year makes.
I started running again last week and have completed 3 runs. I’m doing run/walk intervals and following Pfitzinger’s Return to Running plan. So far the plan is going well- I don’t mind the run/walk intervals because it’s super hot outside anyway, and it’s helping my body get used to running again. I’ve been cross training, but cycling, BodyPump, and the elliptical use different muscles and movements.
My most fun run so far was the Try Thursday group run at TrySports Mt. Pleasant. TrySports hosts Try Thursday on the first Thursday of each month, and since Race the Landing didn’t fall on the first Thursday of July, I was finally able to attend Try Thursday!
Try Thursday is a 3-5 mile group run around Mt. Pleasant, where runners and walkers collect tickets from various businesses. You have one hour to run to the businesses and collect as many tickets as possible, with each ticket giving you an entry into the prize giveaways– we’re talking gift certificates, shirts, water bottles, and even free shoes. There’s no prize for getting back to TrySports first, so we took our time and enjoyed it.
Try Thursday had a great turnout, and it was fun running with friends who I hadn’t seen in awhile, due to vacation/work/sickness/injury/schedules. After the run, we had refreshments and free beer, and while I didn’t win any prizes, I consider a pain-free 3.2 easy miles a pretty big win. Thanks TrySports for a great run and event!
As for this week, I’m still cross training and running intervals, but I’m excited about participating in the final Race the Landing and not standing on the sidelines. Regardless of how hot, humid, hard, or hilly a course is… running always beats being injured.
Try Thursday pictures are courtesy of TrySports Mt. Pleasant’s Facebook page.