It’s Sunday afternoon and it’s been a crazy 24 hours. Both my Gamecocks and my fantasy football team let me down, we got a crazy cold blast in South Carolina, and I’ve been busy cleaning and tracking everyone I know running the NYC Marathon today.
Last week, I ran 39 miles and did 2 BodyPump classes.
Monday: AM BodyPump, followed by 6 miles around my neighborhood. I normally don’t run that far in my neighborhood because it’s not exactly a huge ‘hood, but I couldn’t go to speedwork that night because Clay and I went to a Yelp Elite Event at LongHorn Steakhouse in Mt. Pleasant. We found out we were going to the event at around 12 PM, and I was so excited that I conveniently forgot to eat lunch.
Since Clay was working, I met him in Mt. Pleasant after work for the dinner. We had a 4-course meal and drinks, all complementary thanks to being elite reviewers on Yelp.com. He had steak and I had the salmon- it was all so delicious and everyone had leftovers to take home as well as LongHorn coupons for our next visit. The general manager and chefs came out to talk to us and made sure we were taken care of, so I felt super spoiled.
Tuesday: 3.5 miles easy in the neighborhood.
Wednesday: AM BodyPump, followed by Wednesday night speedwork (4.5 miles). We ran 1/2 mile intervals again and my splits were 3:31, 3:16, 3:19, and 3:21. I’m not sure where the middle two interval paces came from, but I’m acing the workouts and hoping to see my 5K times drop soon- especially when I figure out a goal race and rest a bit before it.
Thursday: 6 mile sightseeing run in downtown Charleston with Steve and Dave. We found a few neat little alleys and fun places downtown, and we saw tons of German tourists who were on a cruise ship docked in the harbor. I read the cruise ship’s official language is German too, so it’s probably a good thing we didn’t try to stow away on it.
I also went to dinner at Panera Bread with Virginia and Stella. The butternut squash soup and half Greek salad were pretty good and we had fun just hanging out and enjoying the beautiful weather before the cold snap. Stella is walking around now and looks so grown- I swear she grows between visits and I see her once a week these days.
Friday: Happy Halloween! We handed out 116 Twix bars and packs of fruit snacks to kids in the neighborhood and ran out of candy pretty early, so we walked over to our friends Liz and Dave’s house to help them hand out candy and hang out.
Our neighborhood goes all out every year, and this year was no exception- we even had a food truck, and one of our neighbors showed horror movies on a projection screen in their driveway. It was fun walking around seeing the decorations.
My time wasn’t anything to write home about, but I’m proud of my race because it was pretty brutal out there. A bunch of us ran in a pack but even the tall guys couldn’t block the wind. I’ll write a full race recap with more pictures later this week.
I also ran a mile before the race and 3.1 miles back to the start/finish line in Cannon Park. Since I only raced the 5K, I ran back with some friends from the MooreOnRunning training group. So, 7 miles total including a 5K race.
Sunday: I got up early to meet Virginia for 12 miles. We ran 4 miles before OnShore Run Club and then 8 miles with the group. We didn’t run too hard because both of us raced the day before, and I do tempo runs on Monday. The weather was chilly but *much* nicer than Saturday’s race weather- no rain and not much wind.
We made signs for the OnShore Run Clubbers and Charleston area runners who did the NYC Marathon and texted them good luck pictures and wishes.
After our group run, we went to Moe’s Crosstown Tavern for brunch, where we watched Marathon Coverage on ESPN2 and tracked our friends on our phones/laptops. Everyone we tracked who started the marathon finished it.
That’s it for now- I hope everyone has a great week and stays warm!