I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Whether you spent it noshing on delicious foods with your family, turkey trotting, or Black Friday shopping, I hope it brought you joy.
Another week of training for the Charleston Half Marathon is done for me. I’m on a running forum on Reddit and a bunch of the posters decided to make this a super week, where everyone shot for more total miles, quality miles, consistency, or some other goal. Since everyone who doesn’t work retail had time off work this week, it just made sense.
|Monday||BodyPump + 6.3 miles|
|Thursday||7.2 miles, including Florence Turkey Trot 5K (21:47)|
|Total||50.7 miles, 1 BodyPump class, 1 yoga class|
I spent Monday morning strength training before running some garage repeats that evening and joining the Fleet Feet Mt Pleasant Monday Run-day group. Monday’s weather felt like Fall and it was amazing- I even wore long sleeves.
After our run, we went to Graze, which is a restaurant and bar next door to Fleet Feet. They extended their happy hour for us, and I had a buffalo shrimp taco and a salmon taco. The Happy Hour prices were on point ($3 tacos, $5 apps, $4 glasses of wine), and the food was delicious.
My first experience at Graze was a few months ago, and it wasn’t the greatest. I thought about skipping out on Happy Hour, but Vy convinced me and I had a great time. I’m glad I gave Graze a second chance and it was fun hanging out with the other girls.
On Thursday, I ran the Florence Turkey Trot 5K, a small race with about 210 runners. Clay and I were visited his parents for the holiday, and we drove up Wednesday night, so I was able to Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. I ran a 21:47 5K, which was an 8 second PR. I placed first overall and got a fun turkey medal.
My actual race at the Turkey Trot wasn’t my best. I went out too fast and faded badly, but I held on and ran okay. I’m definitely thinking of a better pacing strategy for the Reindeer Run in 2 weeks. I saw a lot of old friends at the Turkey Trot and met new people, so it was worth it.
After my 5K race, I came home and ate like I ran a marathon. We use compartment trays for dinner and regular sized paper plates for dessert. Speaking of dessert, I didn’t take a picture of my chocolate cake and carrot cake but they were delicious too. Thanksgiving lunch is the best!
On Saturday, I joined Theresa, Jon, Tammie, Virginia, and Jonathan for a long run on the Sawmill Branch Bike Trail. Theresa’s plan called for 15 miles at 8:45 pace and we did 15 miles at 8:41 pace. We were finished by 9:30- what a way to start off a Saturday!
This was my longest run in awhile, and it went well except that I got crazy hungry around 12 miles into the run. I kept the pace up for the last 3 miles, just felt hungry. I came home and demolished a protein shake and an English muffin sandwich because runger (running + hunger) is real.
On Sunday, I ran 8 with the OnShore Racing Sunday morning crew. Since I ran a lot of miles this week and a long run the day before, I didn’t push the pace. I relaxed and talked to a couple of people and just enjoyed the beautiful weather. It was 64 degrees, 77% humidity, and absolutely perfect.
Sunday afternoon, I worked on Christmas decorations, which are quite a challenge when you’re 5 feet tall and your tree is 9 feet tall. I’ve gotten up as many lights as I can and have to wait on Clay to finish the rest because I’m just too short. I’ll post pictures once it’s done.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!