Happy Monday everyone!
I took it easier at the beginning of this week to recover from the Cooper River Bridge Run, then did some tougher workouts later in the week.
I’m also playing around with which day of the week I rest. I do a speed workout every Wednesday, and I usually follow with an easy run on Thursday and a rest day on Friday. This week, I decided to move my rest day to Thursday and run a workout on Friday. It seems logical to take a rest day between two hard days instead of after an easy day.
I’m an experiment of one, and since this was a non-race week, I decided to experiment. It worked out well, so I might keep it up!
|Monday||BodyPump + 5 miles easy|
|Wednesday||6.1 miles, including 5 x 1000m (track)|
|Friday||8 miles, including 5 x 8 min hard/2 min recovery (treadmill)|
|Saturday||7.1 miles (bridge)|
|Total||44.7 miles + 1 BodyPump class|
The fatigue and sore quads hit me hard on Monday, so my 5 miler was a glorified sightseeing run around downtown Charleston. Those are always so much fun, and I can’t think of a better way to recover from a race. We even ran by Bill Murray’s house!
Wednesday’s short distance track workout went well. I held a solid pace for my 1000s, with my first one being the slowest and last one being the fastest. We had beautiful weather, and I wish I could bottle up these temperatures, because the heat and humidity will be here in a few weeks and running will turn into survival.
I ran Friday’s mile repeats on the treadmill, as usual for my mile repeat workouts. The track is 30 minutes away and located at a school, so just not convenient. I’m glad I have treadmill access for speedwork, the summer months, and for when I want to watch trashy TV during my runs.
I ran the Cooper River Bridge pedestrian path on Saturday, and while we had a crazy headwind, I was glad I didn’t have to share the bridge with 30,000 other runners and walkers like last Saturday. As usual, I started and ended at Whole Foods Market. I’m a creature of habit but I think most runners are… or maybe I just like post-run shopping at Whole Foods.
Sunday morning was my long run. I woke up at 7, drank coffee and ate part of a bagel with apple butter, then headed to the park. I ran 3 miles with Larry the Legend before the rest of the group showed up. Larry’s run tons of marathons, including many Boston’s, and ran competitively in Boston during the 1980s running boom. He’s fun to run with and talk to and has a wealth of knowledge in the sport. I then ran 8 miles with the group and one more after to finish out my 12 for the day.
After my long run, I refueled with a Dashi shrimp burrito! Dashi is a food truck that comes out to the Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market, and it’s quickly becoming my favorite Charleston food truck. Many of the trucks I’ve liked have gone off-road or just stay in one place (kinda defeats the purpose of a food truck), but Dashi travels all over Charleston, including West Ashley and James Island. Clay and I are officially addicted to the market and the food truck!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!