Happy Monday everyone!
I hope everyone had a great Halloween. I hate to be a Halloween curmudgeon, but Clay watched horror movies at his friend’s house, so our light was off this year. My money and time were better spent on dinner at Triangle Char-N-Bar with Emily and Mariana, along a pint of Haagen Dazs.
I was in bed by 10:30 and enjoying my extra hour of sleep- but I won’t enjoy darkness as soon as I get off work in the evenings. My body’s getting used to this new time, which always makes me feel tired earlier. Extra sleep’s never a bad thing.
Monday: 60 minutes BodyPump + 5 miles (Fleet Feet Run Club)
Tuesday: 6.1 miles
Wednesday: 60 minutes BodyPump + 60 minutes Sunrise Yoga + 6 miles (Track)
Thursday: 5.2 miles
Friday: No workout
Saturday: 13.2 miles (Race 13.1 Charleston, finished in 1:48:35)
Sunday: 8.2 miles
Total: 43.7 miles, 2 BodyPump classes, 1 Sunrise Yoga class
I had a great week and shared some fun runs with fun people.
On Monday, I BodyPump-ed that morning, then went to the Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant Group Run that night. The folks from the Kiawah Marathon were at the group run and held a pumpkin pie eating contest and door prizes. The person who ate the pumpkin pie the fastest won a free entry into the race. I didn’t enter the contest, but everyone at the run got pumpkin pie to eat at their own pace.
It was drizzling rain but cooler outside and felt great- I ran up the Cooper River Bridge for part of my run to get some incline work in. I also won a door prize (Kiawah shirt from a previous year’s race and a chip clip).
On Wednesday, I BodyPump-ed, then hit the track in Summerville with the speedwork group for 16 x 400m (4 sets of 4 x 400m). We increased the number of reps from our usual 12, so this was 4 miles of hard sprinting. I started out at 5K pace for the first 4, then sped up toward the end.
This workout was a big mental hurdle for me because normally our speedwork only totals 3 miles of hard running, but by the end, I was so pumped and excited to reach a new milestone and that only helped my pace. Most of us had Halloween festivities with kids or other things to do, so we didn’t do drinks and food after.
Another important thing happened on Wednesday- I received a complimentary entry to Saturday’s Race 13.1 Charleston held at Middleton Place. I received the free entry from Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, who sponsored the race (I have BCBS insurance through work). Virginia is training for an ultra in January and needed some trail mileage, and I wanted one more long run before Georgetown Bridge to Bridge Half Marathon on November 14. Both of us ran the half marathon, and she added on some miles since her ultra training calls for a longer run.
A few others we run with (Sandy, Jon, Victor, Margaret, Liz) ran too, and everyone agreed Race 13.1 did a great job. Charleston is sorely lacking in good trail races, and Middleton Place Woodlands was a beautiful location for this.
The race was Halloween themed with a costume contest, tech shirt, and great finisher’s medal. I tried not to run super hard and finished with a time of 1:48:35, good enough for third place in my age group. I’ll recap the race more this week.
On Sunday, I was feeling the trail half, but I ran with the OnShore Sunday Run group. It was 73 degrees and 94% humidity and certainly didn’t feel like November. I ran a fairly easy pace for the 8 miles and enjoyed some good conversation.
I got a much-needed sports massage after the run- and scheduled a couple more massages since racing season is here.
Clay and I tried Bay Street Biergarden for brunch on Sunday. To start, we had a haus-made pretzels appetizer and he had some wings. I refueled with a delicious tri-color quinoa and argula salad (arugula, quinoa, roasted butternut squash, pecans, and goat cheese with balsamic dressing). Clay had the pork schnitzel sandwich and both of us agreed it was one of the better brunches we’ve had in Charleston.
Bay Street Biergarden has lots of beers on tap and TVs for watching NFL, and brunch was a fun way to end the Hallo-weekend.
I hope everyone’s week is a great kickoff to November!