It’s Bridge Run week in Charleston!
I spent this week recovering from last week’s increased mileage and preparing for the race. My workouts were pretty low-key, but I still ran my usual track workout and my hill (garage) workout.
When training for the Cooper River Bridge Run over the last few weeks, I focused on running inclines, whether it was the bridge itself or parking garages. I know I can race a 10K, and I run flat races and routes often because this is Charleston.
I also did BodyPump classes- strength training helps big time. Two BodyPump classes each week on top of my weekly mileage and runs on the bridge were taking a toll on my recovery, so I backed off of those last week and this week. Summer is right around the corner, so I’ll spend more time in the gym cross-training with BodyPump and other classes when it’s hot.
|Monday||BodyPump + 6 miles (garages)|
|Wednesday||5.6 miles (track)|
|Saturday||8.2 miles including Cooper River Bridge Run 10K (44:41)|
|Total||40.4 miles + 60 minutes BodyPump|
I started Monday out with 6 AM BodyPump and finished up with a 6 mile run in Downtown Charleston, including 6 parking garages (we run up the inclines to the top, then run back down). It was a great final incline workout with time to recover before Saturday, and it’s always fun to run downtown.
On Wednesday, I ran 5.6 miles at track, including 6 x 800m. I planned to run 8 800s, and almost wish I had because my splits were going well, but I bagged the workout to get some extra cooldown miles in and recover for Saturday.
Tuesday and Thursday were both easy/progressive runs around my neighborhood’s bike path, so I don’t have much to say about those. I also went to the Bridge Run expo on Saturday, where I hung out with some friends, drank a few free cocktails (the vendors gave me some rather large “samples”), and didn’t spend a fortune. I bought 6 Picky Bars, one of each flavor, from The Foot Store’s booth, and I got a free shirt for buying. The Picky Bars taste great and are a good option for post-workout recovery.
Saturday was the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K! I left my house at 5:20 AM to be in Mt. Pleasant and parked by 6. I parked at the Harris Teeter grocery store (Sea Island Shopping Center), and they opened the store for us to go to the bathroom, stand inside from the rain, and stay warm and dry. At around 7, I left the store to walk to my corral, warm up jog, and the race began at 8.
I ran a 44:41 in the Cooper River Bridge Run, which was a 67 second PR over last year’s 45:48.
This was my first 10K since last year’s Bridge Run. It wasn’t my best-executed race, because I went out a little too fast and rode the pain train the whole last mile. The Bridge Run start is exciting and it’s hard to strategize and not to start too quickly. Still, I’m grateful to run a personal best and finish injury-free. Ugly races still count as PRs!
After the race, I spent the rest of the morning hanging out with friends, then headed home that afternoon to rest. Traffic in Charleston was a beast with the Bridge Run, Flowertown Festival in Summerville, and influx of tourists, so I didn’t get out much.
On Sunday, I ran 9.1 miles with my friend Shawanna who was in town for the Bridge Run, along with Tom and Chris, who I usually run with on Sundays. We had a lot of people at Hampton Park for group run and it was a beautiful day for it- much less humid than Saturday!
As for next week, I plan to see how recovery goes post Bridge Run. I don’t have any races planned right away, and we have a lot of expenses coming up (landscaping, car insurance), so I may take it easy on the racing for a few weeks.
I hope everyone has a great week!