I hope everyone’s had a great week and got to relax some this weekend, even if it was shorter than last weekend (for those of us who had Labor Day off work). At least with a 4-day work week, the next weekend arrives sooner…
It was crazy hot here in Charleston this past week, which is nothing new. Even if the heat index is 108, September is officially here so we are buying all things pumpkin. I always wonder why Target doesn’t devote a section of the store to pumpkin products so it’s not like a scavenger hunt.
I haven’t had a Pumpkin Spice Latte yet, but I’ve made pumpkin spice protein shakes for breakfast. I combined 1/3 cup canned pumpkin, a serving of vanilla protein powder (I prefer Naturade’s VeganSmart; any protein will work), pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon to taste, almond milk, and ice- then I blend it to the consistency of a Frappuccino.
Starbucks doesn’t sell a pumpkin spice Frappuccino, and this shake keeps me full until lunch. If you’re a coffee fan, you can add some of that too. Give it a shot if you’re looking for a new post-workout breakfast for the Fall.
This week, I ran a total of 41.5 miles, with one BodyPump class and one yoga class.
Monday: 7 miles on the Wannamaker North Trail in Goose Creek. I would never run this trail alone (you should always tag along with friends on a trail), so I was glad that Howie set up a group run for Labor Day. Howie, Mark, Stuart, Tina, and I had a great time, but I didn’t realize a trail in Goose Creek could actually have hills.
The Wannamaker Trail is pretty technical with hills and roots but a great training run for the Raccoon Pond Rush 10 mile race, which is this Saturday.
Tuesday: 6.2 miles around flat Mt. Pleasant. I planned to run the Cooper River Bridge since this was the only day I could get a hill workout in this week, but I decided to scrap that. My quads were trashed from the trail and it was muggy and miserable, but I negative split each mile.
Wednesday: BodyPump (1 hour). BodyPump was packed because my gym has altered the class schedule and people who normally went in the afternoons came this morning.
That afternoon, I ran 3.5 miles, including 4 x 400 at the Citadel track. The football players were practicing, so we had music and that was nice.
Thursday: No morning workout. I headed off to the gym a little too late and hit a crazy traffic nightmare (gotta love West Ashley), so I ended up turning around and picking up a few things from Walmart so I could get home and to work on time. Note to self: Leave at 5:40 next time to beat the crazy drivers.
Thursday evening, I went to the TryThursday event at TrySports. They host this every month, and you run from store to store in Mt. Pleasant Towne Center and gather tickets. After an hour, you return to the TrySports store and turn in your tickets and they have prize drawings for shoes, gift cards, socks, watches, free race entries, and even a bike. The run was almost 4 miles.
This month, people dressed up as zombies to promote the Charleston RunDead 5K. so we all took selfies with the zombies for a contest.
Friday: Rest. I was busy with non-running activities and went out for Mexican food with my mom.
Saturday: Virginia, Bill, and I ran 11 miles downtown, and I ran 2 miles on my own before we ran, for a total of 13 miles. They are training for the Kiawah Marathon. We planned to run 10 miles but the run ended up at 11 when we arrived at Brittlebank Park. It rained on us, and we saw a double rainbow running on East Bay Street- ironically, where Charleston’s famous Rainbow Row is. Unfortunately none of us were running with our phones to get the picture…
From the run, Virginia and I went to the Downward Facing Riverdog yoga event at the Charleston Riverdogs baseball stadium. I won free tickets from InTown.com (if you’re in Charleston, check out InTown.com for local deals, giveaways, and things to do- they are awesome!).
We did yoga for 45 minutes, but it was cut short by a big blast of thunder and started pouring rain. I’ve been rained on during many runs, but this is the first time I’ve been rained on at yoga. Everyone quickly cleared the field after the thunder, but the class was fun while it lasted.
Later, Clay and I went out for our traditional Saturday afternoon lunch. We tried Red Orchid in West Ashley and it didn’t disappoint. I inhaled my shrimp, green beans, fried rice, and spring roll.
Sunday: I ran 8 miles with the OnShore Run Club. It was really tough and my legs were feeling this week’s mileage. I ran with local running legend Bob Schlau, who has run over 70 marathons and Olympic trials. He has some amazing stories and is one of the few people to run every Cooper River Bridge Run.
I didn’t feel so great after the run, so I skipped our usual brunch and came home to drink a protein shake and rest.
This Saturday, I have the Raccoon Pond Rush 10 Mile Trail Run, which I’m using as my weekly long run. The event benefits the the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, which works with families to provide services they need as well as help for the kids. It’s not a goal race, but it’ll be a great aided training run and insta-PR. We have breakfast and mimosas afterward, and if you’re in the Charleston/Mt. Pleasant area, you can still register in person if you want to run too.