Another week of training and racing is done, and it was a big week!
The biggest highlight of my week was running the Reindeer Run 5K, where I set a new PR- 21:22. It was a 25 second improvement over the Florence Turkey Trot– pretty significant when your 5K is in the 21’s. I shared the race with some great friends, and it was a beautiful course around downtown Charleston, even if the weather was a bit warm for December.
Aside from running, I put over 500 miles on my car in three days. I drive around more than any other work-from-home professional writer ever. I drove to my job’s corporate office on Thursday for training and for our R&D department holiday lunch. I had fun seeing my coworkers and meeting with clients. Since my job’s office is only two hours away, it’s nice to visit for special events and Christmas.
Saturday, I drove up to my family’s house, almost two hours each way, for an annual barbeque, so I saw family members who I only see once a year and enjoyed some delicious food. It was great seeing everyone and refueling with some delicious home cooking. My mom made my favorite- crock pot macaroni and cheese!
Victory and PRs are sweet and desserts are even sweeter after a 5K race.
|Mon||60 minutes BodyPump + 5.65 miles (bridge)|
|Wed||60 minutes BodyPump + 5.1 miles (track)|
|Sat||7.2 miles, including Reindeer Run 5K (21:22)|
|Total||41.5 miles + 2 BodyPump classes|
Workouts were pretty uneventful this week, but I had a nice bridge run on Monday and a good track workout on Wednesday. At the track, we ran 12 x 400m repeats. It was cool outside (high 50s), but we had 100% humidity which made breathing difficult even with cooler temperatures. The track was foggy, too. I kept the repeats paced consistently but didn’t hammer them out because I wanted to recover from that workout before Saturday.
After our track workout, we headed to Montreux for recovery beverages and to warm up. The Christmas tree and lights are up in the square in Downtown Summerville, and all the businesses are in the holiday spirit. I had the Montreux house salad as my meal (delicious), then Tami and I went to Charleston Bakery and Deli for dessert.
Saturday was the Reindeer Run 5K, which I’ll recap later this week. I was proud of myself for the PR and happy to place in such a large race. The reindeer run has 2,000+ runners, but fortunately most speedy 30-34 females placed overall so I took home an age group award on top of the PR.
My friend and Charleston Running Club treasurer Pat owns Marion’s in the French Quarter, an event venue located at the start/finish of the Reindeer Run 5K, and he opened it up for CRC members and our guests. Emily, Melissa, Kendall, Jen, Pat, Liz, Ashley, and some others hung out at Marion’s before the race and felt like elites- we stashed our sweats and bags in the building and got to use real bathrooms instead of porta potties.
I finished up the week with a 12 mile long run with the OnShore Racing Sunday group, followed by my monthly sports massage. I know some may look at monthly massages as a way to blow money on myself, but I’ve stayed injury-free throughout 2015 and owe that to good luck and massages. I’d rather pay for an enjoyable massage than pay the ortho or PT because of an injury.
I hope everyone has a great week and a great holiday season. Be safe traveling to holiday parties, and enjoy the good times with family and friends. They really are your biggest fans!