It’s finally August!
College football starts this month (Go Gamecocks!), fantasy football drafts are this month, the kiddos are going back to school, and we’re a little closer to Fall.
I’ve started thinking about Fall races and decided on a few local 10Ks coming up in September, the Bohicket Marina 10K and the Fall Equinox 10K. My friend Pat is the race director for the Bohicket race, and running his race is the least I can do for all the freeze pops he brings us on Sunday mornings. Bohicket/Seabrook is one area of Charleston I haven’t explored, so running a race there gives me a chance to do that.
The Fall Equinox 10K is another flat 10K and the week after Bohicket, so if it’s hot, I feel crappy, or I just have a bad race at Bohicket, I can treat it as a practice run.
This week, I ran 41.35 miles. I also did a BodyPump class, a sunrise yoga class, an Arc Trainer session, and the 30 Day Squat Circuit Challenge.
Monday: 60 minutes BodyPump + 60 minutes Arc Trainer
Tuesday: 8 miles
Wednesday: Sunrise yoga + 6.1 miles (pub run)
Thursday: 7.25 miles
Friday: No workout
Saturday: 8 miles (Cooper River Bridge)
Sunday: 12 miles
I finished the squat circuit challenge. It took me a few extra days, but this is the first “30 day challenge” I’ve successfully completed. I like the way it’s structured because you get a rest day from the squats every three days, and the number of squats is never excessive. If you like to do these kinds of challenges for cross training, I highly recommend this one.
I didn’t do any “hard” workouts this week. Normally I do speedwork in Summerville on Wednesday. Unfortunately, a head-on collision happened on Ashley River Rd., killing two people and blocking the road for a several hours. Hearing about deadly accidents is so sad and scary, and that’s a dangerous road anyway.
Since I couldn’t run at the Evil Oval, I attended the Fleet Feet Pub Run at Palmetto Brewery. Since the pub run route was only 2.8 miles, I logged some extra mileage before the run. The pub runs are bigger than some races, and they are a little bigger than what I like. Still, it was neat to run somewhere different and run with some friends I hadn’t seen in awhile.
On Sunday, I went to Hampton Park early and met up with Jacci to run a few miles before the 8-mile OnShore Racing group run. I got in almost 4 miles and made up for it with a little extra at the end of the group run. For long runs, my goal is to not start too fast and keep a consistent pace. My last 2 miles of the 12-miler were my fastest miles. For 10Ks and half marathons, if you “bank time” (start too fast), you withdraw it with interest and I’ve learned that the hard way.
After group run, we all headed to Moe’s Crosstown Tavern. After running 12 miles and craving pancakes for a few days, the banana and walnut pancake special was a no-brainer.
I hope everyone has a great week!