I wasn’t sure what to title this blog post today, as I’m not training for any specific event, and most races longer than a 5K are done for the season. The only race I’m registered for right now is the May Day Half Marathon, which I’ll use as a glorified long run since the roads aren’t closed and it’s more of a reason to party than a race.
Without any serious races on the horizon and the summer 5K series (Race the Landing and Thirsty Thursday) pretty far out, this week was uneventful as far as specific workouts go; I just logged base mileage. I was happy to see 40 since my last few weeks have been lower.
This week, I ran 40 miles. I also did a yoga class and one strength training workout.
Monday: No workout.
Tuesday: 6.2 miles easy.
Wednesday: Sunrise Yoga + 5 miles easy (tired).
Thursday: 6.4 miles easy (still tired) at TrySports Run Club.
Friday: Neighborhood speedwork. 3.1 miles easy, 4 x 400, 2.1 mile easy (6.2 miles total). Finally feeling recovered from the Bridge Run.
Saturday: 6.3 miles easy + strength training (upper body).
Sunday: 1 mile warmup, 8 miles with OnShore Run Club, 1 mile cooldown.
I felt tired a lot this week since I was recovering from the bridge run. I wanted to eat everything in sight, and I drank protein shakes and foam rolled each day to help me recover. My wonky hip (TFL/glute/piriformis) hasn’t given me any issues in the past two weeks, so hopefully I’m beyond that.
Hindsight is always 20/20, and I probably should’ve taken more than one day off running after a 10K PR and a few other races in March. Alas, taking days off is easier said than done.
On Wednesday, I volunteered at a beer mile one mile race at the Bridge to Nowhere, which is exactly what it sounds like, a bridge that ends with a “Road Closed” sign over the Cooper River. The bridge was supposed to connect to a development that ran out of money five years ago, but it’s a perfect, straight, .25 mile bridge. I took pictures and worked at the race registration table.
The weather was beautiful, and our mile race had its own food truck and plenty of fun to go around. Race a mile, party like a marathon.
I felt recovered on Friday, so I did a short speed workout, 4 quarter-mile sprints down a side street in my neighborhood. After my run, Virginia and Stella came over and we had lunch from Ladle’s Soups (one of my favorite soup, sandwich, and salad shops in Charleston) then spent the afternoon at the pool.
It was 80 degrees, I was off work for Good Friday, and pool days are the best way to spend days off.
Sunday, I ran a total of 10 miles, including 8 “hard” miles with the OnShore Sunday Run Club. Our usual Sunday breakfast place was closed for Easter, so we headed to Fuel Caribbean Cantina for brunch and ate outside on the patio.
Fuel Caribbean Cantina was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and I had the sautéed shrimp salad. It wasn’t what Guy Fieri ate, but the avocado gave the salad a creamy flavor and the shrimp were perfectly cooked.
Holidays in general depress me and Easter is no exception. I woke up on Easter Sunday missing my family (especially my grandma who passed away in 2005), celebrations, and being a kid. I had a good cry on Sunday afternoon, but in the end, I’m grateful for the friends Clay and I have made and that Charleston is home. Even if I had to force myself out the door, I’m glad I ran and went out to brunch.
Here’s to another training week down and returning to post-holiday normalcy!