After Saturday’s big PR at the Charleston Half Marathon, I took a recovery week.
40-48 miles a week isn’t super high when training for a half marathon, but once you string so many of those weeks together (and add in other activities like BodyPump and yoga), your body gets worn down. I skipped speedwork and strength training classes, did easy runs, and an extra rest day.
This week, I enjoyed lots of celebrations. My friend Jessica and I visited Gala Desserts in West Ashley, where we caught up on life, ate dessert, and drank delicious coffee- because life’s too short not to drink tasty coffee and eat dessert. Gala just opened recently, and I saw lots of other desserts I wanted to try- so I’m sure we’ll go back soon.
Jessica and I forgot to take a picture at Gala, so here’s a throwback shot of us from the 2014 Charleston Marathon; she ran the marathon and I did the half. It was so cold that day!
Tuesday night, Clay and I attended a Yelp Elite event at an Italian restaurant downtown called Indaco. We had cocktails, pizza, appetizers, and lots of fellowship with other Charleston Elites. Yelp Elite is a program that rewards locals who contribute lots of photos and reviews to yelp with exclusive events. Indaco was pretty tasty, and the general manager came around to talk to everyone. I’d definitely consider it again for a nice dinner downtown.
This week, I ran 30.2 miles and did a hot yoga class. Here’s how it went:
Monday: No workout.
Tuesday: 3.2 miles easy in the neighborhood. Legs felt heavy.
Wednesday: Hot yoga class.
Thursday: 10 miles. 8 miles solo on the Cooper River Bridge, followed by 2 miles Couch to 5K.
Friday: No workout.
Saturday: 9 miles (easy) on the bike path near my house.
Sunday: 8 miles (long tempo) with OnShore Run Club.
Wednesday, I joined some friends to try hot yoga for the first time. I bought a Groupon for Charleston Community Yoga that gave me 10 classes for under $40. I usually go for more relaxing yoga classes, but hot yoga was a nice way to change it up. I wouldn’t practice hot yoga on a regular basis, but I’d go back with friends sometime. Charleston Community Yoga also offers gentler classes, which I plan to use for post-race (or post tempo run) recovery.
On Thursday, I ran 8 miles over the bridge and felt recovered from the half. After my run, I saw where Noah Moore was leading the Charleston Running Club group run and Couch to 5K. It’s hard to turn down a chance to run with Noah. Since I was already there and sweaty, I stuck around and did Couch to 5K.
Friday morning was spent in urgent care. Clay was lighting his Big Green Egg to smoke pork and opening the bottom vent when the lid fell. The metal handle hit his head. Clay got 9 stitches and a tetanus shot. I wasn’t leaving my husband to run or work out- he didn’t have a concussion but not taking any chances with a head injury.
We had some friends over that night and stayed up late playing Cards Against Humanity. Clay still smoked the pork; the stitches would not defeat him.
I ran the usual 8 miles with OnShore Run Club on Sunday. After the run, I had Heath Bar pancakes at Moe’s Crosstown Tavern. The pancakes were some of the best I’ve ever had at Moe’s, and I hope they bring them back. It was a daily special.
I hope everyone had a great week!