Happy Patriot’s Day and Boston Marathon Monday!
I have many friends and training partners running Boston today, so my phone will be buzzing all day with updates on their paces and progress. For runners, Patriot’s Day is like the NCAA Final Four or NCAA Football Bowl Season. I hope all the runners have a safe, fun race and meet all their goals, whether that is a time goal, requalifying for Boston, and enjoying the race and city.
Qualifying for Boston isn’t one of my immediate goals, but I’d love to be there one day. That kind of requires running a marathon first, and I haven’t talked myself into that part yet…
Closer to home, this weekend was jam-packed in Charleston, where I trained hard and ran the Green and Lean 5K.
|Monday||BodyPump + 6 miles (garages)|
|Tuesday||8 miles (treadmill intervals)|
|Friday||5.25 miles easy|
|Saturday||6.8 miles, including Green and Lean 5K (20:53, 3.08 miles)|
|Total||42.65 miles + 1 BodyPump Class|
Monday started out with 6 AM BodyPump and ended with a 6 mile run downtown, which included 6 parking garages. The view from the tops of the garages is always spectacular. You can even smell Charleston’s delicious restaurants from the top levels, so this run always makes me hungry.
On Tuesday I ran 8 miles of shorter treadmill repeats, and on Wednesday, I ran 6.5 miles with our Summerville track group. Instead of running at the track, we switched our run to the Newington neighborhood (hilliest neighborhood in Summerville), and the triathletes could opt to run or ride their bikes. This worked out well because many of us were racing this weekend. We had a nice crowd!
Due to travelling, I switched up my rest days, and I felt sluggish during my Friday run. The weather was damp, windy, and disgusting, and big trucks were flying down the road, blowing dirt into my eye. I was glad to finish that run.
Still, the yucky run got me down. I picked up my Green and Lean 5K packet but wasn’t super excited. I even tweeted the night before that I wasn’t feeling the race but was planning to do it since I’d preregistered and didn’t want to be out $20.
I wasn’t sluggish on Saturday and surprised myself in the 5K. Seeing 20:xx on the clock was exciting. Even though the course is USATF certified, I logged 3.08 miles on my Garmin- so I hesitate to call it a PR. Maybe we started or finished a few feet from the correct place? I’m confident I can run a high 20/low 21 in a 5K- even if the course was off, it wasn’t *that* far off.
I was second female overall and Melissa was the overall winner. You can’t beat sharing the podium with a friend and training partner!
It was fun running with friends like Sara, Ashley, Larry the Legend, and many others. Chris from the Sunday run group is a police officer and worked the race, and Virginia came out to spectate so Stella could run the Clara’s Tot Trot Fun Run. I love our Charleston running family/community. Virginia, Margie, and I headed to the Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square after the race.
On Sunday, I ran 10.1 miles with the Sunday run crew from Hampton Park. I’m not pushing the pace on my long runs, so I get dropped from the group pretty quickly. I cranked up my iPod and cranked out the mileage, even with the crazy headwinds on the peninsula.
After my run, I got a sports massage, then ran my Mount Pleasant errands like shopping at Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s has awesome grab-and-go salads and they now sell Picky Bars, so I need to get there more often. Besides that, I just had a restful Sunday.
I hope everyone has a great week, and best wishes to my Boston Marathon friends and everyone else putting in the hard work toward their goals!