One thing’s for certain in life and distance running- the road to success is full of crazy turns and ups and downs. This week was no exception, but in between the ups and downs, at least I got some cute pictures for this blog post.
This week, I ran 34.5 miles. I also completed 2 BodyPump classes and a spin class.
Monday: AM BodyPump, then an evening tempo run.
I arrived at speedwork and didn’t feel well, but I wanted to give it a shot. A couple other people said they were feeling kinda bleh too, but we all ran. Sometimes you run and you feel better about a mile in.
I didn’t feel better a mile in.
I ran my tempo at almost goal pace (only a few seconds above it), but I was *so* glad to be done. Maybe I ran faster just to get it over with. I was pale and exhausted after the run, and I went by the grocery store on the way home to pick up mushrooms for Clay to cook, and I didn’t want to get out of the car! I got my shopping done, came home, showered, and slept for 10 hours.
Tuesday: No workout. I slept for 10 hours (to recover from Monday and because I was convinced I was getting sick) then worked.
Wednesday: AM BodyPump, then 1/2 mile repeats in the evening.
Maybe my body just needed a day off, because I rocked the 1/2 mile repeats. I felt a lot better, and my splits were 3:23, 3:20, 3:24, and 3:20.
You gotta love running with a view like this (kudos to my friend Paul for the picture!)
Thursday: AM spin (20 miles), then evening garage workout.
The instructor didn’t show up at 6 AM for spin class, so many of us stayed and improvised (one girl hooked her phone up for music). I was surprised that a lot of people just left the gym completely! I can understand leaving the spin room to go lift, run, or elliptical, but if I go to the gym at 6 AM, I am doing something.
That evening, I ran a 6 parking garage route/workout with Richie, Steve, Dave, and Kaitlin. It was good to run garages again. Running parking garage inclines is how we make up for Charleston being so flat. Downtown was packed- a cruise ship called on the port, and I think tourists realize that October is the ideal time to visit.
Friday: I usually rest on Friday, but I got a new pair of shoes so I took them out for a 3.5 mile run around my neighborhood. Hello Mizuno Wave Rider 18’s!
I’ll write more of a review on the shoes once I wear them a few more times.
Saturday: 9 easy miles with David, Luke, and Rachel on the Summerville Sawmill Branch Trail. We ran the first 9 miles of the Sweet Tea Half Marathon course since that is one of David’s next races (November 15).
This was the first run where I’ve had to wear long sleeves (hooray Charleston Marathon race shirts), but it was a beautiful morning. David does run/walk intervals for his long runs, but I’m fine with that because it always leaves my legs feeling fresh the next day. I’m not out for speed all the time; sometimes I just want good company and I always have that when I run with them. Summerville is a great little town for running.
Sunday: I normally do a long run with OnShore Racing, but today, we did a Spooky Skyline Shuffle fun run instead. I’ll write more about it this week, but we wore costumes and it was so much fun. I wore a sailor suit.
That afternoon, I ran the Running with the Hounds 5K at Middleton Place. It was a trail run on a tougher trail, and it was hot.The month of October is supposed to be much cooler, but the temperature was in the 80s. Plus, I wanted to save something in the tank for next week’s workouts before the James Island Connector Run 5K, so I didn’t run super hard.
The course was short (2.7 miles), but I finished in just over 22 minutes for the overall female win. I won a gift certificate to TrySports Mount Pleasant, who sponsored the race and who I run for as an athlete ambassador.
Congratulations to everyone who ran races, from the local 5Ks and 10Ks to bigger and longer events such as the Spinx and Marine Corps Marathons (I have friends who did both of those). It was a pretty beautiful weekend for running.