With the Charleston flooding, training was all about improvising this week. You have to roll with the punches- or tides, waves, and rainfall.
I ran 5 times this week, but no run is worth risking your life or safety over. If you altered your running due to weather, or took the entire wet weekend off, you are as much of a runner as someone who ran all the miles.
Running is all what you feel comfortable with, and it’s your choice. We’re all adults and none of us are getting paid to run; it’s our hobby. If running in the rain and braving the weather isn’t safe- or if it doesn’t bring you joy- *don’t do it*. Life’s too short to run if you don’t want to.
On Saturday, my friend Paul took these pictures downtown on our usual Sunday running route. The news saw him and stopped him for an interview since they saw a crazy person running and figured they could get a story from it. Gotta love the media.
The Georgetown Bridge to Bridge Half Marathon is less than a week away, and nothing can salvage my (lack of) training now. At this point, the risk is greater than the reward, and I wasn’t taking a risk on the flooded streets.
As far as training for this half, the heat impacted my motivation, and I haven’t done any tempo runs at race pace, nor any runs longer than 12 miles. I suppose this is the reality of an early October half marathon in South Carolina. Maybe with cooler temperatures on race day, my legs and lungs can gut it out for 13.1 miles.
Monday: BodyPump + 30 minutes Arc Trainer + 15 minutes elliptical
Tuesday: 7.1 miles (progressive)
Wednesday: Sunrise yoga + 6 miles speedwork
Thursday: 7.1 miles
Friday: 8.1 miles
Saturday: No workout.
Sunday: 6.1 miles
Total: 34.4 miles, 60 min. BodyPump, 60 min. yoga, 45 minutes cross training.
On Monday, I did an hour long BodyPump class that morning, then headed to Planet Fitness for some Arc Trainer time after work. I joined Planet Fitness for 24-7 gym access in case weather situations like this flooding occurred. $10 a month to guarantee I get my runs in is a steal.
Charleston’s Planet Fitness conveniently closed for renovations the day before the rain began.
On Tuesday, the temperature was 74 degrees, with a dew point of 74 and 99% humidity. I ran a 6 mile progressive run, then a 1 mile cooldown, hitting half marathon pace in the last mile of my progressive run. Clearly this was because our humidity was only 99% instead of the usual 100%.
Wednesday speedwork was really good this week. The chance of rain cancelled youth sports, including soccer and football. Since all the kids’ games were cancelled, the track was empty for us adults to train hard. We ran 3 x 1200m followed by 3 x 400m, then headed to a restaurant called the Shuckin’ Shack for recovery beverages. The Shuckin’ Shack was a bit disappointing, but oh well.
I usually rest on Friday, but with the upcoming flooding, I managed to squeeze in 8 miles before the rain started. Since it rained all day Saturday, I spent the day in my pajamas watching football and eating peanut butter from the jar. Props to my friends who got long runs in on the treadmill or in the rain- our track group went to the Summerville YMCA and claimed a row of treadmills, all for their weekly long runs.
Sunday wasn’t nearly as rainy, but the water didn’t go anywhere. I managed a 6.1 mile run in my neighborhood because I was unable to leave the neighborhood- both roads were flooded and closed. A lot of people were in the neighborhood running, biking, and walking their dogs and everyone was really friendly.
Here are some pictures from my neighborhood on Sunday. My home (and all the homes in my subdivision) are safe, and we didn’t even lose power. I hoped to run longer, but if the worst thing that happens to me with the flooding is running 6 miles instead of 10, I’m lucky. I need the extra rest and recovery before Saturday, anyway.
Bring on the sun, cooler temperatures, and bridges!