Whew. It’s been a whirlwind week. I was in Florence for two nights for work, we had crazy (for South Carolina) weather, I ran two races, and Clay travelled to Hartsville to see friends and family. Clay also starts a new job today, so we have a lot going on.
My next half marathon is the All American (Half) Marathon on March 22 in Fayetteville, NC. If you’d like to run it, use the discount code 5AMB2015 to save 10% off the registration fee. I’m a race ambassador and it seems like it’ll be a nice excuse for a girls getaway, as tons of people from Charleston are running it.
While the race is called the All American Marathon, there is a half marathon for those of us who are only half crazy- or also training for the Cooper River Bridge Run on March 28.
This week, I ran 41 miles and did a BodyPump class.
Monday: BodyPump + 6 miles easy.
Tuesday: 4 mile progressive run (treadmill).
Wednesday: 7 miles easy.
Thursday: 4.7 miles at TrySports Brew Run.
Friday: No workout.
Saturday: LifePoint Gift of Life 10K + 5K race. 11 miles total, including a 10K (46:29) and 5K (23:29) 30 minutes later.
Sunday: 8 miles easy.
I worked out *really* early Monday morning, then headed to Florence for work Monday night (I work from home as a technical writer). I commute to work 3-4 days of the year, but I had to drive in snow Tuesday morning. Thankfully, the hotel was only 5 minutes from work and the roads were safe.
Wednesday evening, I ran 7 miles out and back. It started raining maybe .1 miles after I turned around, so I was soaked. I think the anxiety of rain is worse than running in it- once you get wet, you’re just wet and it’s okay.
Thursday night was TrySports Brew Run, and I ran 4.7 miles untimed from Republic Bar and Lounge on Upper King Street, Downtown Charleston. I ran with Gary, who forgot his watch and mine never got a signal, so we have no clue how fast we ran- probably a little too speedy for me since I was racing on Thursday. It was cold and dreary/rainy so we didn’t have a big crowd, but after being out of town on Monday and Tuesday nights, I was happy running and hanging out with friends.
Republic was nice but seemed a little fancy for sweaty runners. This week’s run is at My Father’s Moustache in Mt. Pleasant and I’m excited for it, since there’s more parking and I’ve heard the food is delicious. The weather should cooperate, too. The Brew Runs are sponsored by The Bridge 105.5 and Michelob Ultra, and it’s fun to run from different locations each Thursday.
On Friday, I picked up my shirt/bib for the LifePoint 10K + 5K, and Virginia and I went to see McFarland, USA, which was a very inspirational movie about a cross country team. I highly recommend it if you like sports movies or for the night before a big race or run.
Saturday’s LifePoint Race for Life was… interesting. It was quite an adventure. The 10K began at 8:15 and the 5K was at 9:30. I signed up for both. I was a bit upset with my 10K time; I guess I felt like I should have PRed since I haven’t raced a 10K in forever, but I regrouped and ran the 5K 28 minutes later. After the Race for Life, some of us went out for Mexican food and hung out that afternoon, it was a fun event and a nice day.
Running two races in one morning, even at the same location/event, is not for the faint of heart. Since the paces of each race were faster (about lactate threshold pace), the effort level felt more like a half marathon than a 15K- I certainly feel like I’m recovering from a half marathon.
On Sunday, I ran 8 easy miles with the OnShore Racing run group. My quads hurt from the day before but felt better after the run. Every Sunday morning, our group takes over Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, where I enjoyed an omelet, cheese grits, and biscuit for brunch. That’s right- I didn’t eat pancakes! I contemplated skipping the run since I was tired, then almost skipped brunch, but I’m glad I went. Sunday is always run + chat + food therapy.
With no races this week, I hope to run my Tuesday night speedwork, as well as the brew run and some easy mileage. Clay starts a new job and I’m excited about our weather clearing up a bit, so it should be a nice week for us. Happy Monday!