It was a great week of running, work, life, and celebrating Valentine’s Day- and here’s how it went, I’m also linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link.
My goal this week was recovering from the Hilton Head Island Half Marathon. The week after a half marathon is always tricky for me, and I take it day by day. A 13.1 mile race is pretty taxing on the body and mind, and I’ve dealt with colds, fatigue, insomnia, and even mild depression the week after half marathons.
Hilton Head Half recovery felt *much* easier than the Charleston Half Marathon. It was a harder course and faster time than Charleston, but I didn’t party after the race. Not sure if all the mimosas inhibited my race recovery at the Charleston half, or I just don’t have the tolerance I had in college.
The first few runs this week were hard and slower than usual (as to be expected), but I’m really glad the race didn’t kick my tail as badly as some have. Still, with no goal races on the horizon, I’d rather over recover than under recover.
|Monday||60 minutes BodyPump + 60 minutes ArcTrainer|
|Tuesday||6.3 miles easy|
|Wednesday||60 minutes BodyPump + 5 miles easy|
|Thursday||6.3 miles easy|
|Saturday||7.65 miles (Cooper River Bridge)|
|Total||35.25 miles + 2 hours BodyPump + 1 hour ArcTrainer|
I went to BodyPump bright and early on Monday morning, but took it easy on the lower body tracks. I love 6 AM Monday class because it sets the tone for my week and I think it sets me up for success. I planned to run that evening but it rained so I hit Planet Fitness for the Arc Trainer instead.
On Wednesday, I went to the Fleet Feet Summerville Pub Run. The Asics wear testers were there and I tried out the Asics Fuze X, which felt great! The Asics Fuze X had cloud-like cushioning but the responsiveness of a racing flat. I don’t need shoes right now, but will consider these when I do. The extra cushioning felt good on my still-recovering feet.
The featured pub didn’t serve food, so the track regulars headed to Montreaux for drinks and food. I hadn’t been to Montreaux since before the holidays and forgot how good those fish tacos are. The wait was crazy so we all sat at the bar for a change.
On Saturday, I headed to run the Cooper River Bridge. The Bridge Run is coming up in early April, so I expected it to be more crowded, but thankfully the bridge wasn’t packed!
I had a nice run then ended with a trip to Whole Foods for cinnamon raisin bread and went to the library to pick up some books I had on hold. I don’t browse the library a lot. Our library has a fun service where you can request books online and they pick them out and place them on the hold shelf for you, then there’s a self checkout. It’s convenient to run in, grab your books, check them out, and leave.
After a shower, Clay and I headed to one of our favorite West Ashley diners, Bluerose Cafe, for lunch. I tried the Bluerose Codfish Sandwich with green beans and it was delicious. Bluerose Cafe isn’t fancy or hip, but the prices are good and the servers are always sweet.
On Sunday, I ran 10 miles with the OnShore Sunday crew. It was 60 degrees, 89% humidity, and sunny. Funny how hot 60 degrees feels in February and how cool it feels in September. We had a big crowd and some new people. I’ve missed the last two Sunday long runs (bad weather + staying in Hilton Head for the weekend), so I was glad to be running with friends this morning.
The run was good, but the last two miles felt pretty rough. Never underestimate how hard the first double-digit run after a half marathon feels!
After recovering, I headed to Mt. Pleasant for the Jammin for Jimi benefit, which was a silent auction and outdoor concert to benefit Jimi Beauston. He plays music at the Race the Landing 5K Series after parties each summer and was diagnosed with cancer. The benefit was a great cause, and $10 got you a concert and lunch. Plus the raffle and silent auction prizes were SWEET and most of us walked away with something.
Lisa Deaton from Race the Landing and Lorcan from Lucey Mortgage Company did a great job of organizing and we had fun enjoying the beautiful weather (63 degrees and ocean breeze in February) and listening to the music.
The concert/benefit was a great way to end the week. I hope everyone has a good Monday and your week’s off to a good start too.