Whew. Running 40+ miles a week in the South Carolina summer is a different sport than running 40+ miles a week during our (pleasant) winter.
Along with running this week, I volunteered at the Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K series. It was cooler than May’s 5K and a beautiful night for a 5K on the island.
I volunteered with a girl named Kaitlyn and we registered runners, handed out water, acted as course marshals, and cheered. Even though we didn’t physically run the 5K, I slept really well that night and I’m sure the other volunteers did too. Thank the race volunteers- they work super hard!
On Thursday, I felt “off” all day. It seemed like I woke up exhausted and never got going. In talking to a friend, I found out that he and others felt the same. Part of mine was physical exhaustion from work and running; however, I’ve had a weird emotional exhaustion from all that’s gone on this week.
Lots of emotionally-charged debates occurred this week, while Charleston’s still grieving from the nine murders at Emanuel AME Church. The events, debates, and grief take a toll on us.
It’s easy to escape on social media- just turn the computer or phone off- but harder when you live in Charleston. I run by Emanuel AME, along with historical statues downtown that are guarded 24-7 by police in case someone tries to vandalize them. On our Saturday morning run, one girl counted 26 police cars heading toward a funeral at the church. Our public library also has a memorial honoring Cynthia Hurd, one of the victims who managed that branch (it is now being renamed after her).
I rested a lot on Thursday, took a relaxing, long, soaking bath, hung out in my pajamas, and had ice cream that afternoon. Self-care is the best. I also went to the church on Saturday morning to see the memorials and remember those who lost their lives.
This week, I ran 45.5 miles. I also did a core workout and a sunrise yoga class.
Monday: 6.2 miles + Core
Tuesday: 7.1 miles
Wednesday: Sunrise Yoga + 5.1 miles at the track (400s)
Thursday: No workout.
Friday: 7 miles
Saturday: 12.1 miles (10.4 mile long run + bridge repeats)
Sunday: 8 miles
I didn’t set out to run this much this week, and I’m thinking more cross training or strength training may be in the future. I miss BodyPump and want to cross train! My workouts this week weren’t eventful, but I ran outside each time except Friday.
On Wednesday, we ran a 12 x 400 workout, which is always a tough one. I think running the 3 x 1 mile repeats last week was easier! Summer track workouts are the best because you don’t have to carry water while running and you get to take a lot of breaks and call it “recovery”. We had a big crowd, and it was fun but exhausting.
Sunday’s run had freeze pops at the end, which makes any run awesome. It was 82 degrees, 74% humidity, and felt like 88 degrees. That’s practically a cold front. We ran 8 miles and it was one of my best training runs in awhile. Hopefully this helps me get my racing confidence back before July 9’s Race the Landing finale.
Hope everyone has a great and safe holiday week!
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