I’m excited to be training hard again, and I plan to stay in half marathon shape for a few more weeks, then focus on 5Ks when the weather gets warmer. We have a lot of fun races coming up this Spring so most every Charleston runner is training for something right now.
|Monday||60 minutes BodyPump + 7.1 miles|
|Wednesday||60 minutes Sunrise Yoga + 8 miles (cruise intervals)|
|Saturday||7.5 miles including Go Red Run 5K (22:26)|
|Total||44.15 miles, 60 minutes BodyPump, 60 minutes yoga|
On Monday, I started my week with the usual BodyPump at 6 AM. I don’t like to miss Mondays or strength training. My legs were feeling Saturday’s 5K, so I decided to run easy that night. I ran two miles before the 5-mile group run. The route included part of the Cooper River Bridge, and running the bridge always makes me smile.
Over 40 people came to the group run, so Fleet Feet post a video picture on Facebook and I screenshot the video picture. I ran the first few miles with Christine and we had a nice conversation.
I was glad I went to the group run, because I didn’t make it to track on Wednesday. I thought the weather would be stormy, so I skipped track and opted for the treadmill. I wasn’t scared of it storming during the workout, but I was afraid of having to drive home in bad weather. I live 30 minutes from everything, including the track. It didn’t start thundering until 8 PM that night and I was mad because I could’ve gone!
Clay took Friday off work, so we had Charleston Sports Pub for lunch. I got the honey lime grilled shrimp tacos and he had the shrimp po boy. They have excellent lunch specials (our meals were $6.99 and $7.99, respectively), and the food is good. For a restaurant that isn’t a Mexican restaurant, they have some of the best tacos in town.
On Saturday, I ran the Go Red Run 5K on James Island. I signed up for this race back in December to support the cause and pay the early bird rate of $25, which included a Nike fleece hoodie.
Since I ran pretty hard at Charlie Post Classic last weekend, and the course was muddy with a bit of puddles (and just not a very fast course), I held back and ran this race as a tempo run. The event itself was wonderful and I will participate again next year, but my race experience was a bit crazy. For the first time ever, my warm up was longer than the race distance. It’s easy to get lost in James Island County Park.
After the race, I went out for brunch at Cory’s Grilled Cheese with Cindy, Ed, Amy, and Kevin- everyone had a lot of fun and the sandwiches were tasty. We joked about how we ran a heart health run then went out for grilled cheese.
The weather was wet and cold Saturday night, so it was perfect timing for a race that gave hoodies instead of t-shirts. It’s a very warm red hoodie and perfect for heart health month and Valentine’s Day- I haven’t taken it off since the race! Since the weather was crummy, we spent Saturday night in and did our taxes.
I postponed my Sunday long run. The weather was a triple threat- cold temperature, rain, and gusting winds. A few who ran Go Red 5K were dealing with colds and other cruddy sickness, and I didn’t want to get sick with other training and running plans coming up. I waited it out, psyched myself out, and finally went to Planet Fitness to long run that afternoon.
Since I was on the treadmill, I turned it into a pace workout. The time passed by quickly because I watched Anchorman on TV.
To start, I ran a 20 minute warmup, followed by 40 minutes at 7.5 mph (5 miles). This was 7.25 miles in an hour, so I was on track. I restarted the treadmill, ran 5 minutes at 7 mph (didn’t want to start back at a higher speed), followed by 15 minutes at 8 mph (2 miles). I finished off with a very short cooldown to total 10.25 miles.
The run felt fairly easy- which makes me question how well Planet Fitness treadmills are calibrated. I got a Dunkin Donuts coffee with mocha swirl after my run and it was good (I thought about this coffee throughout the workout).
Besides that, we watched the Super Bowl and commercials. We had a few party invites but ended up just watching at home and cheering for the Carolina Panthers. They are the semi-local (North Carolina) team, we have family in Charlotte, and Michael Oher from The Blind Side plays for them. It’s one of my favorite movies so cheering for the Panthers was a no-brainer for us.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and stays warm!