It’s the first full week of November, and 2015 is flying by. I can’t believe it’s November, because the weather felt more like June this week.
This was a weird week, because I spent it recovering from Race 13.1 Charleston and from being sick on Monday night and most of the day Tuesday. I felt tired, achy, and like a train hit me. I slept for 10 hours on Tuesday night and missed my Wednesday morning workouts but my body needed the extra two hours of sleep more than the gentle yoga class. It was an extra-long savasana (corpse pose).
It was great to take a break from tune-up racing, as Charleston had no races this weekend. I was surprised we didn’t have a Veteran’s Day race because this is a big military community.
The Georgetown Bridge to Bridge Half Marathon is Saturday, and I don’t feel ready, even though no training will help at this point. I already have regrets of not running enough bridge repeats and tempo runs. Maybe those regrets are just taper crazies- I guess we’ll see next Saturday. Bring on the taper.
|Monday:||BodyPump + 5.1 mile run|
|Tuesday:||60 minutes Arc Trainer|
|Wednesday:||5.35 mile run (track/speedwork)|
|Thursday:||6.25 mile run|
|Saturday:||12 mile run|
|Sunday:||8 mile run (progressive/tempo)|
|Total:||36.6 miles, 60 minutes Arc Trainer, 1 BodyPump class|
On Wednesday, we ran a 6 x 800m workout at track. I was feeling the wrath of whatever I was sick with, so my 800s were close to current 5K pace. I really didn’t push the pace too much and that was okay. It was humid out but everyone had a fun time and got their workouts in.
One of our track guys, Dan, ran the Savannah Rock and Roll Marathon and wanted Triangle Char-N-Bar for dinner, and we obliged since he needed to carb load for his ‘thon. I had the butternut squash soup, which tasted pretty yummy with how lousy I felt. It’s great that Triangle expanded to Summerville- and fun that restaurants that are in Downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, and West Ashley are opening new locations.
I finally felt like myself on Thursday! Had a nice run, then Arc Trainer session (I also Arc Trainer-ed on Tuesday because it was raining and I didn’t want to run in the rain).
On Saturday, everyone met up at the Y to run 12 or 18 miles at Sawmill Branch. At 6:45 AM, it was already 70 degrees and 100% humidity, feeling more like June than November.
The heat and humidity have lingered, and while you acclimate to them living here, there’s a reason why half and full marathons aren’t held from April-October (and why the Savannah Rock and Roll half and full marathons were shut down early with runners diverted off the course). A runner passed away at that event too, which was really sad.
Sunday morning was amazing because a cold front and rain moved in overnight and cooled things down big time. It was a beautiful 59 degrees and 88% humidity. I ran 4 miles out progressive (8:54, 8:28, 8:18, 8:14), then 4 miles back tempo (7:45, 7:36, 7:22, 7:20).
I ran solo and from home because Clay and I had a lot going on. We went downtown for the Charleston Coffee Cup. As a Yelp Elite (300+ reviews and counting), I received a pair of tickets for the event. We sampled tons of coffees and voted for our favorites, tried a few baked goods, and brought home some cold brew for later. Lots of vendors were there, and all the coffee and food prices were reasonable. I now have a lot of local coffee shops on my radar to try…
After Charleston Coffee Cup, we went to Water Dog Grill in Mt. Pleasant for lunch. Last Spring, Clay started working in Mt. Pleasant, so he’s tried a lot of MTP restaurants, and Water Dog’s one of his favorites. The staff knows his name and what he usually orders, and they fix his half-and-half sweet/unsweet tea for him as soon as he walks in.
Clay had a burger and I had the blacked mahi wrap with sweet potato fries, which was delicious, and the bar is set up so you can watch all the Sunday NFL games.
It was a great lunch date to relax after getting hyped up on coffee. We made a Costco run then came home to more football, monitoring our fantasy teams, and things like laundry to get ready for the week.
I hope everyone has a great week, and good luck to everyone training for halves, fulls, and turkey trots- not much longer!