With major flooding in South Carolina, life lately is all about rolling with the punches tides and rising rivers. Running is no exception to that.
On Tuesday night, I received the e-mail that the Historic Georgetown Bridge to Bridge Half Marathon was rescheduled for November 14. The police who would be closing the roads for the course are needed to handle emergencies and disaster relief in Georgetown County.
I support the race 100%, feel like the right decision was made, and I will run on November 14. The race directors were very professional in handling the situation, and they e-mailed us early enough so that we could cancel our hotel and make alternate arrangements.
I’m grateful the race was postponed rather than cancelled. November 14 won’t work for everyone, but it is racing season and the date doesn’t conflict with any other races on the Grand Strand. It might work better for some runners and increase registrations.
Again, I feel very blessed and grateful. Clay and I didn’t have any home or property damage from the flooding- in fact, our power did not even flicker.
If the worst thing that happens to my family is rescheduling a leisure trip, we are extremely lucky.
Monday: 7.1 miles
Tuesday: 4.15 miles
Wednesday: 60 minutes BodyPump, 60 minutes sunrise yoga, 6 miles (speed)
Thursday: 7 miles
Friday: No workout.
Saturday: 8 miles (bridge repeats)
Sunday: 14.05 miles (progressive long run)
Total: 46.2 miles
Monday classes were cancelled at my gym due to weather, so no BodyPump. I was really grateful for the extra sleep before my half marathon, which hadn’t been postponed yet.
The race was postponed Tuesday night, so on Wednesday, I got up for BodyPump at 6 AM, then stuck around for sunrise yoga since I was already at the gym. Sunrise yoga is a gentle class and more of a recovery exercise for me, but it feels very different (um, HARD) after 60 minutes of weights.
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing, so I topped off my Wednesday full of workouts at the Summerville High School track that evening. Since everyone was cooped up at home for a few days due to the flooding and closed roads, we had a big crowd and everyone was excited to run.
We ran a ladder (1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400) with 200m recoveries, with some extra 400m reps at the end, keeping everything under 5K pace.
After track, we headed downtown to Montreaux for food and recovery beverages. Since my birthday was Thursday, I picked the location. It’s my favorite restaurant in Summerville- I love the fish tacos and sweet potato fries, which I tried for the first time.
Plus, they have a drink called the Dragonberry for only $5- delicious and budget friendly.
I loved celebrating my birthday with my track friends. We’re an eclectic group of all ages, paces, distances, and even sports. We have people training for 5Ks, half marathons, marathons, ultra marathons, and lots of triathletes. The workouts and hangouts are one of the highlights of my week. Everyone’s made new friends and surprised themselves with the workouts they’ve completed, race times, and fabulous bars they’ve discovered.
I woke up feeling 30 years old on Thursday, most likely due to BodyPump, speedwork, and that Dragonberry drink. I had a nice progression run around the neighborhood, worked all day, and ate Firehouse Subs for lunch (you get a free sub if you show your ID on your birthday).
Clay and I celebrated that night by watching DVRed old school Nickelodeon shows like All That. He cooked, so we didn’t go out. Who needs to go out when your husband cooks?
Since I wasn’t running a half marathon on Saturday, I ran repeats on the Cooper River Bridge. I ran 4 repeats up the Mt. Pleasant (steep) side to the second column. The first repeat was a warm up that I ran with a friend, and the second and third were fine. The fourth repeat was tough, but I powered through it. I ran a total of 8 miles- 4 mile repeats- and it was hard but satisfying.
The bridge repeats were great training for the James Island Connector Run on October 24. Don’t forget you can register and use the code Scott15 to save $5. If you need convincing, check out my five reasons to run the James Island Connector Run.
On Sunday, I ran a 14 mile progressive run at group run. For the first 6 miles, I ran with a friend running his next-to-last long run for MCM. It was nice easy downtown mileage. I picked it up the last 5 miles. The temperatures were cool and it was a beautiful Fall day in Charleston. The run gave me some confidence for the upcoming half.
I hope everyone had a good week and is staying safe and dry!