Congratulations to everyone who raced this past weekend- I had a lot of friends who ran the Palmetto 200, 70, Parris Island Tri, and some friends and blog readers who ran Wrightsville Beach or Shamrock. Seems like it was a really big weekend for racing, and I hope everyone finished their runs happy, injury-free, and met their goals.
I’m one week closer to the Cooper River Bridge Run. Last Saturday’s trail run didn’t beat my legs up too badly, so I quickly recovered and just continued on with training. I had several quality runs and am pretty proud of this week.
|Monday||BodyPump + 6 miles|
|Tuesday||8.1 miles (treadmill/mile repeats)|
|Wednesday||BodyPump + 5.3 miles|
|Saturday||7.5 miles including McLeod Sports Medicine 5K (21:34)|
|Total||42.6 miles + 2 BodyPump classes|
I started the week with some strength training at BodyPump. I took my RUN4P towel from Saturday’s race swag bag to the gym. The towel is a cool way to represent the race in the gym- you can RUN4P or LIFT4P.
Unfortunately, Clay got sick with the stomach ickiness that I had earlier this month, so immediately after BodyPump, I had to go to Publix and the pharmacy to buy him PediaLyte, applesauce, and stomach medicine. Clay stayed home from work and slept most of the day. I was really sad he caught the stomach bug from me. It’s hard not to catch when you live together, sleep together, eat/drink after each other, etc.
I did a 6 mile run downtown Monday night, including parking garages. We had a nice crowd for our garage run. Plus, it was Pi Day, so I had pizza from YourPie after my run. I’m kind of a math nerd. Little known fact: although I was an English major, I tutored math in college. My college’s math department tried to convince me to major in math (thanks, but no thanks).
Tuesday, I tried something different and did a treadmill workout. I ran five “mile repeats” of 8 minutes hard (8 mph), 2 minutes recovery. The repeats were a little longer than a mile, but I don’t trust treadmill distances since it takes some time for the belt to get to 8 mph. I warmed up and cooled down for a total of 8.1 miles that evening.
Wednesday was the monthly Fleet Feet Summerville Pub Run. We cancelled our usual track workout to attend the pub run, which worked out well because many of our track regulars were recovering from races or preparing for this weekend’s Palmetto 200 Relay.
Fleet Feet had a great run and after party at Carolina Ale House, and about 120 people attended. We ran most of the Cocoa Cup 5K course then hung out.
On Thursday, Clay’s mom visited and we all went out to dinner at Early Bird Diner, so I ran a few miles around the neighborhood before we headed out that evening.
I spent Friday closing out tickets for work then driving to see my mom and dad for the night. We had dinner and just spent some time together as a family. I hadn’t seen my parents since they came down in January to visit and help me car shop, so I was happy to spend some time with them. My mom sent me home with tons of candy too. Easter candy is the *best*- Starburst jelly beans, mini Cadbury eggs, and anything Reese’s.
On Saturday, I ran the McLeod Sports Medicine 5K in Florence, an easy drive from my parents’ house and good tune-up before the Bridge Run. I ran a 21:34- 13 seconds faster than the last time I ran that course at the Florence Turkey Trot. The race was so small that I was in no-mans-land for most of it, running alone. That was a weird experience. I also narrowly missed getting hit by a trucking back out onto the race course.
I saw some coworkers (always fun when you work from home), got a finisher’s medal for this year’s Christmas tree, and won a gift certificate- it was a nice day!
On Sunday, I ran my usual 10 miler downtown with Jon, Tom, and Larry. It was rainy, wet, and cloudy- perfect morning for sleeping in. Still, you never know when you’ll have rough weather during a race, and it ended up being one of my better long runs in awhile. I spent the rest of Sunday getting ready for the work week and relaxing.
This week, I plan to run the bridge again before next Saturday, cram 5 days of technical writing into 4 since we have Good Friday off work, and enjoy the long weekend. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!