Happy Monday everyone! I recovered quickly from Saturday’s Green and Lean 5K and want to thank everyone who commented on the recap- and the course.
First, the difference between 20:53 and 21:22 in a 5K is pretty significant. Second, even though my Garmin said the course was short, the watch was close to 3.1, and the course is USATF certified. Finally, if a USATF certified course is good enough for state records, it should be good enough for personal records.
What is a personal best, exactly? It’s *personal*- so it can vary according to the individual, and this was my *best* 5K since the Reindeer Run 5K, as far as time and race execution go. So, I’ve decided to consider it a PR.
|Monday||BodyPump + 5.6 miles easy|
|Tuesday||8 miles (treadmill intervals)|
|Wednesday||5.4 miles easy|
|Saturday||7 miles including 5K tempo run|
|Total||44.25 miles + 1 BodyPump class|
On Monday, I tracked all my Boston Marathon friends online. I’m super proud of all of them, and even if they didn’t run the times they wanted, I saw lots of smiling, happy people and no serious injuries. Getting to the start and finish of an endurance race without an injury is a victory.
That afternoon, I ran downtown with some friends. We started at the South Carolina Aquarium, ran to Colonial Lake (which officially reopens June 4, around the Battery, and back up East Bay Street, by Rainbow Row. It was a glorified sightseeing run where we hit the major attractions of Charleston.
On Wednesday, I ran the Fleet Feet Pub Run with all my Summerville Tri Club/Track Group friends. The run was at Icehouse, which is one of my favorite restaurants in town, and we ran down the Sawmill Branch Trail. A lot of runners showed up, and you could test out Hoka One One shoes during the run (I didn’t). I ran easy and enjoyed chatting with Tammie and Theresa about marathons, triathlons, and heart rate training.
I hung out a little while after the run to chat, but left pretty quickly because I was cold and the mile repeat fatigue hit my legs.
I ran another 8 miler on Thursday and took Friday off. One of my friends invited me to a group run downtown on Friday, and while it was just an easy 3-4 miler, I didn’t want to chance it by not taking a rest day this week. I’d already logged a lot of miles in the week and hadn’t taken a day off in 8 days. I’m just not one of those people who can run every single day.
On Saturday, I ran 7.1 miles, including the Omega Psi Phi 5K Fun Run. I used the run as a workout and hard effort because tempo runs are super hard for me. I paid a $10 donation to send boys to summer camp, and I got a tempo run and a finisher’s medal. This was more of a “fun run” rather than a timed race, and aside from giving away a TV, the run didn’t do awards.
The organizers held a cookout for everyone and introduced each young man who will benefit from the summer camp scholarships. All of them also ran, too. Sometimes I have no clue how much of my run entry fees goes toward a cause or even what the proceeds benefit. I liked seeing where my donation went and felt good supporting the Omegas camp fund.
After my Saturday run, I checked my mail and found a medal for placing in the top 5% of Cooper River Bridge Run finishers. I’m really shocked I placed and got an award. I guess the fast ladies were either scared off by the rain or went trophy hunting at the SPCA Animal Shelter 5K in Myrtle Beach that day.
I also got lunch from the Dashi Food Truck- shrimp noodles because Dashi is for winners.
Sunday was my usual long run. I slowed down the pace a bit due to heat and not wanting to run my easy days too quickly. I definitely need to get acclimated to the impending heat and humidity quickly with so many races coming up. I ran a little over 10 miles with the group.
After the run, I bought some groceries, came home to shower, then met Emily for brunch at Charleston Sports Pub. I later treated myself to some Ben and Jerry’s because… Sundaes on Sunday!
I hope everyone had a great week!