Before I start blabbering about workouts, I want to share an upcoming race and event in West Ashley, Running with the Hounds. We don’t have a ton of races close to me, so when we do, I like to share it with my readers.
Held at Middleton Place near West Ashley, Running with the Hounds provides a unique opportunity to run some trails that aren’t usually open to the public. You can run or walk the Middleton Place trails, or if you have a dog, you can participate in the popular European sport known as canicross (running with your dog in a tandem harness).
Running with the Hounds has three divisions: runners, canicross, and runners and walkers with their dogs on leashes who want to take in the sights. The trails and lakes that run through Middleton Place host hawks, song birds, wild turkeys, hogs and deer. Post race activities will include dog demonstrations, kayaking, and food trucks, so if you’re in the area, you should consider coming out and bringing your furry family members if you have them!
I had a solid week of workouts that I’m proud of. I ran 35 miles, did 2 BodyPump classes, and 1 spin class.
Monday: Monday morning BodyPump. The class did the full BodyPump 91 release. The back track and the shoulders track are super tough.
That evening, we ran a 5K tempo run. Everyone was wiped out, and it was muggy and hot- it felt more like June than October. Howie said to not worry about pace so much but do the best we could with the hot conditions (and everyone’s weekend fatigue). My pace was around 15 seconds slower than what my tempo pace should be, but not bad for the temperatures.
After the Avondale 5K, my goal was to not go out too fast in my training runs this week, so I held back the first mile and finished strong with a negative split.
Tuesday: 6 AM spin. Monday and Wednesday nights are pretty tough with speedwork, so spin was a great cross training workout between two hard running days.
Wednesday: Hump Day BodyPump Day- we did a mixture of releases.
That evening, Howie, Tiffany, Joni, and I ran 1/2 mile intervals. I was sprinting down Murray Drive behind Howie when a red sports car drove past us fairly slowly, and I heard Howie yell “Hey Rob!” and the man in the car waved back. I looked over, and it was the sports med doctor who diagnosed and treated my stress reaction last year. Better to see Dr. Lowery while running than in his office.
I guess he knows I’ve recovered now.
Thursday: 5 miles at the Charleston Community Group Run around Patriot’s Point.
Friday: Rest Day! I went to lunch at Café Fork with Liz, Angela, and Kristy. I had a delicious salad and a shrimp flatbread pizza. Café Fork is one of the best restaurants in West Ashley and I had the best company at lunch too (we didn’t take a group pic this time).
Saturday: 12 miles with David from DoomBuggy Runner and one of his coworkers. We tried to run the Summerville Sweet Tea Half Marathon course since that’s David’s next race, but we got lost and missed a turn. Oops. We didn’t run a super hard pace, and it was cool outside, so I felt good afterwards.
I came home and watched the Gamecocks beat Furman while wearing my compression socks, then Clay and I went out to Pawley’s Front Porch for burgers and played cornhole. It was a beautiful day so we ate outside. The food wasn’t bad, but we prefer the Pawley’s Front Porch in Columbia over Mt. Pleasant.
Sunday: 8 miles at the OnShore Racing Sunday Run Club. I tempo-ed a few of the miles in there and ran with some new people. I missed the pre-run picture and brunch, so there’s no proof I even went to run club today *and* a lack of pictures in this post. Maybe next week I’ll be better about taking pictures for my readers, oh well.
I hope everyone has a great week!