What a week. When it rains, it pours, and in that case, the Scott-Lundy household flooded this week.
I mentioned last week that my laptop’s hard drive died, and Clay has replaced it for me (Yay for marrying a techie). I salvaged most of my pictures since they were online, but I lost my iTunes playlists and some other documents I didn’t back up. Let this be a lesson to everyone… make backups frequently!
On Wednesday morning, I took my 2001 Honda Accord in to have it looked at since it wasn’t running well. Turns out, my transmission was on the way out, and I needed to pay $1600+ to have it replaced or rebuilt, or buy another car. My car was operable, but we didn’t know how much longer that would be the case.
Wednesday night during track, Clay texted me that his car’s AC went out. Normally a broken car AC wouldn’t be a problem in December, except that Charleston’s had record-breaking heat this week. After a few hours at the car lot, Clay purchased a brand new 2015 Honda CR-V on New Year’s Eve. Instead of partying, we ate a frozen pizza and went to bed.
On Saturday, my parents came down and Clay and I met up with them to test drive some cars. We had a successful trip, but I like to sleep on and run on important decisions. On Sunday afternoon, I put on my real girl clothes, bargained like crazy, wrote the check, and purchased a new-to-me Mazda 3 Hatchback.
Not only do I own a car that runs well, I’m injury-free and can handle a decent training week. This was “peak week” for the Charleston Half Marathon on January 16, and here it goes!
Monday: 60 minutes BodyPump + 8 miles (treadmill/intervals)
Tuesday: 7 miles easy
Wednesday: 60 minutes BodyPump + 7 miles (track/speedwork)
Thursday: No workout- Car shopping!
Friday: 7.1 miles, including Race the Landing New Year’s 5K (22:22)
Saturday: 8.1 miles easy
Sunday: 13 miles
Total: 50.2 miles + 2 BodyPump Classes
Last week’s cutback was short-lived, so I hit the ground running, or BodyPumping, on Monday morning, then ran on the treadmill for a bit that afternoon and threw in some intervals. I don’t treadmill much, but it gets dark early and I wanted to use Planet Fitness before it gets packed in January.
On Wednesday, after dealing with car woes, I ran a track workout with the usual trackletes. The workout I did was 1 mile warmup, 10 x 600m with 200m recovery, and 1 mile cooldown. It ended up being about 7 miles total, so it was a bit long and I was the last person to finish. I still finished and my legs felt it!
After track, we went to Triangle Char-N-Bar Summerville. I gave it a second chance, but I am still not a fan. They were out of the salad I wanted, and the waiter went back to check again to find out they were surely out. The kitchen ended up making me a special salad, which was great, but everyone was ready to go when I got my food to eat. It was a stressful meal to end a stressful day and I brought most of my food home. The last time I was there, Triangle messed up my order, so it’s safe to say I’ll stick to the West Ashley location. My salad was delicious, though- I’ll give them that much!
On Friday, I ran the Race the Landing New Year’s 5K. It was raining, I was stressed over car problems, and I slept poorly on New Year’s Eve. I live outside the City of Charleston, and fireworks are allowed here… my neighbors made sure we knew. I did a “race-out” (race as a workout) and finished in 22:22.
Race the Landing is a beautiful but a slow course, and with 2 other races this month, I’d planned to tempo it anyway. I placed in my age group, enjoyed great company, and ate lots of homemade soup and cornbread. The Summerville Track group had a few PRs and we all placed as well.
I planned to run 12 miles on Saturday to preview the Charleston Marathon course, but since my parents were coming to visit, I ran from home. I ended up cutting the run short at 8 miles because I just didn’t feel that great. Even an easier pace felt hard. The car stress didn’t help either, but we had a successful test-driving trip that afternoon.
On Sunday, I ran 13 miles, including 8 miles with the OnShore Racing group. I felt much better than Saturday, and decided my body just needed to recover from Wednesday’s track workout and Friday’s race-out tempo. I felt strong for my 13 miles and was happy with the pace at the end of a hard week.
This week, I plan to shorten a few of my runs, get some inclines/hills in, and just de-stress. I’m hoping now that I’ve bought a car, I can relax and sleep better. I know that if I’m rested, I’ll have better runs, and I don’t want to go into the Charleston Half Marathon *too* stressed out and blow it. Everything is business as usual at the big girl job too, and I’m excited to return to routine.