October 6-12 Recap: Birthday Week

I had a fun week of workouts and birthday festivities with lots of celebration and appropriate gifts like balloons and running fuel…

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My mileage was pretty lackluster (only 30.5 for the week), but I did two BodyPump classes in there as well as a gentle yoga class on Tuesday.

Monday: Monday morning BodyPump. Our usual instructor’s flight from New York was delayed, so a different girl taught and I didn’t really care for her. At the end of the class, she said we finished the hardest workout of our week by coming at 6 AM on Monday morning.

Hardest workout of the week? I guess she doesn’t do tempo runs…

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That evening, I headed downtown for the MUSC Running Program, where we did a 5K tempo run. My tempo run was a 23:38, and I ran that time at the Isle of Palms Connector Run 5K. Maybe I should find a predictor race since I seem to be good at running 23:38?

The run felt easier than the Isle of Palms Connector because it was flat and cooler outside. We ran a total of 5.5 miles.

Tuesday: My shins hurt a little, so I opted to take Tuesday off. I ran the 5K on Saturday, 10.5 miles on Sunday, and a tempo run on Monday, so I needed the day off. I think the hills of the connector, especially the downhill, may be the reason for the shin pain.

After the injury that forced me to take 7 weeks off, I’m more proactive about taking a day or going easy when I need to, so I did a gentle yoga class and called it a day. Better to miss a few days than weeks or months, right?

Wednesday: Happy Birthday to me!

Our usual instructor BodyPump instructor was back! We did most of the tracks from BodyPump Release 91 and I really enjoyed them. I think the chest and shoulder tracks are the hardest in BodyPump 91.

Clay surprised me with birthday pancakes after BodyPump. The pancakes were made with oreo cookies, and they were delicious.

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That evening, I went to the Fleet Feet Pub Run in Mt. Pleasant, where my friend Cindy surprised me with a cupcake cake! We all shared the cupcakes and had a great time hanging out and celebrating. I’m thankful for all the friendships I’ve made here in Charleston and through this sport. All of us are different paces, abilities, and ages- but we support each other and that’s what matters.

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I ran 4 miles and won a $20 Whole Foods gift card as a door prize. Fleet Feet gives out a lot of door prizes at the pub run, so a lot of us won something, and Liz won a gift card for wearing the most pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Thursday: Since I didn’t do speedwork on Wednesday night, I went to the track on Thursday morning to run some intervals. I ran 4 800s with 400 recovery laps between them, followed by 2 400s, for a total of 6 miles (including warmup and cooldown).

My paces weren’t the best, but it was hot outside, and it’s hard to run intervals by yourself. I’m glad I have Howie to tell me which workouts to run on Monday and Wednesday nights.

That night, I went to the Oktoberfest 5K in Mt. Pleasant to support a few of my friends from the Charleston Girls Run This Town Facebook group. I hung out with Cindy and Lora, and we enjoyed cheering for everyone. It was all the fun of a race without having to run,  and since it was a gorgeous night, everyone did really well.

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It was my first time seeing Stella in a few weeks, and she is walking now! She rocked her little German outfit at Oktoberfest. It’s amazing how fast kids grow.

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Friday: Rest day before the Avondale 5K. Clay and I went out for dinner with another couple and just chilled around the house.

Saturday: Avondale 5K! According to my watch, I ran a 22:21, and I was 5th female overall and 2nd place in my age group.

We don’t have many 5K races in West Ashley, so I like to support them when I can, and the Avondale 5K was for a great cause, the Charles Webb Center for Special Needs Children. The center is here in West Ashley, so it’s good that the money stays local too.

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I was disappointed in my performance (I got outkicked so the 4th female beat me by less than a second, and my mile splits weren’t good), but it was a fun event with an after party, and I won a pint glass for placing in my age group.

Sunday: I ran 9 miles total at OnShore run club, then went out to Moe’s Crosstown Tavern for brunch. I didn’t eat before my 9 miler that morning, so the pancake special of the day tasted even better. I had 2 buttermilk pancakes topped with apples and a bourbon brown sugar syrup.

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Most of the OnShore run clubbers raced the day before or trained hard this week, so we took it easy and stayed together during the run.


This week, I’m setting a goal to pace my workouts better. I started way too fast in the first mile of the Avondale 5K, and I paid for it in the end- I just couldn’t move my legs fast enough. Even if I don’t hit hard paces, I want to be consistent at speedwork. Maybe it will cool down so I can get more miles in as well.

I hope everyone has a great week!

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18 Responses to October 6-12 Recap: Birthday Week

  1. Nice birthday week! October birthdays are the best! But we are biased!

  2. happy belated birthday! that sounds like a great week with lots of fun things to celebrate. 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    Happy Birthday! I forgot you are also a Libra. Fun! And it looks like you got a lot of quality runs in this week, even if your mileage was not where you wanted it to be. Poptarts and oreo pancakes make a very special birthday!

  4. Montana Ross says:

    Happy birthday! I think your pacing is AMAZING- I wish I could run that fast! I’m still chasing a sub 30 5k 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      You can do it :). My first few 5Ks were all over 30 minutes. That was 5 years ago- I’m glad i stuck with it! I still remember my first sub-30 and how much it meant to me, that is a big milestone if you’re into 5Ks!

  5. Hollie says:

    Happy belated birthday Amy. It sounds like you had a great week of training and a great time. 🙂

  6. ahellams says:

    Happy belated birthday!! Hope you had a great time celebrating. I’m skeptical but open minded about the Oreo pancake. That is really what birthday are for!

  7. ladycoop says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  8. Wow body pump in the morning and running at night.
    That is awesome.
    Happy belated birthday.

  9. Happy Belated Birthday! I totally agree that taking a day off is way better than having to take weeks off. I have had to take it easy the last few weeks too because of some on going pain and even though I want to run I know it is better to rest so I can come back quicker!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Definitely! I’m glad I took the day off, I ran great on Wednesday and haven’t really had any shin pain since. I think it was from the terrain on the connector- it’s so much harder than the road and that combined with the hills probably did it.

      I hope you can run again pain free soon! Sometimes rest (a few days hopefully, and not weeks!) does the body good :).

  10. allieksmith says:

    What a great birthday week!! All of your pancake and cupcake pictures are making me hungry, haha. I love the picture of everyone lined up for the race by palm trees and in shorts! A sight I will never see here in Pittsburgh in October (or ever, because we don’t have palm trees, haha!!). I love the picture of little Stella (and I loooove that name!). It really is insane how fast children/babies grow!

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