I hope everyone’s surviving the summer! Running mileage was down this week, but I made up for it with cross training and quality mileage, along with running my last summer 5K.
With no races on the horizon until September, summer is a perfect time to add some variety, and I did that this week with the arc trainer. I discovered the arc trainer at Planet Fitness last week, and it works my glutes and hamstrings but without running’s impact on my feet and knees. I am participating in a Squat Circuit Challenge and adding more strength training as well.
This week, I ran 36.8 miles (all outdoors). I also did a sunrise yoga class, weights, and cross trained on the arc trainer. Plus, I finished the week off with a wonderful sports massage!
Monday: 6.3 miles + weights
Tuesday: 7 miles
Wednesday: Sunrise yoga + 6 miles (parking garage hill run)
Thursday: 7.4 miles, including Race the Landing 5K #5 (22:55)
Friday: 60 minutes arc trainer
Saturday: No workout
Sunday: 10.1 miles + Sports Massage
My Monday and Tuesday runs were neighborhood runs and not too memorable. Since many of us had 5Ks or triathlons this week, OnShore Racing /Summerville Tri Club cancelled our Wednesday speedwork session. instead of speedwork, I ran six parking garages with some friends. I call it the Tour De Parking Garages because it’s a nice route downtown through the tourist district, so we smell delicious restaurants and pass horse-drawn carriages and beautiful Charleston homes.
The Tour De Parking Garages is why I love living and running in this city.
On Thursday, I ran the final Race the Landing 5K for 2015. Since I was injured for part of last summer and had to miss these, my goal this year was to complete the series and earn all five finisher’s medals.
After getting lost during my warmup, I ran a 22:55 and placed third in my age group. I have no clue how I got lost at Charles Towne Landing! I run there so much that I know the cracks in the sidewalks and the tree roots on the 5K course. I was in the zone, enjoying nature, and saw several wild critters on the run- guess I was just distracted. Ironically, my warmup was 3.2 miles which is longer than the 5K race (3.1 miles).
My track buddy Melissa and I both of us placed in the series. I don’t know how placing in a series works, but a lot of our track crowd placed or ran faster than other races in the series, so the workouts are paying off.
I totally skipped Saturday’s long run to go to the beach with friends, but it was worth it. A bunch of friends and I headed to Folly Beach super early to beat the crowds and catch the waves. It was only my second beach day this summer, and every time I go, I ask myself why I don’t go to Folly Beach more often. I live close enough that I can drive back roads to get to the beach, I just *never* go.
I stayed at the beach for about three hours, then headed home early to check on Clay since he had vision correction surgery on Thursday. He had one eye corrected, so he has another surgery later this summer (he is recovering fine, though). We hit the American Top Team Charleston MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) grand opening and tried the Platia Greek Food Truck for lunch.
On Sunday, I did a 10 mile maintenance long run at Hampton Park with OnShore Racing. I arrived early to get in 2 miles before our usual 8 miler downtown. The “Feels Like” temperature was 96 (sometimes it’s over 100), and it was one of my better long runs. I kept fairly even splits.
We took multiple water breaks, but it’s better to be safe than sorry in this heat and take extra breaks if you need them. Plus, we had freeze pops after the run. Who says sugared-up high fructose corn syrup isn’t the best way to refuel?
I hope everyone has a great week!