Welcome to the summer racing season! This week was different, and whew… busy.
My mom got out of the hospital on Monday and is doing much better. She’s still recuperating and getting adjusted to new medications, but all is going well (we visited her on Mother’s Day). Hopefully she’ll be fully recovered and back to her usual active lifestyle soon.
I started a streak challenge with Fitness World Run Club, my running group from when I lived in Florence. I’m a fan of rest days being for rest, but I can be insanely lazy on days I don’t run. I work in front of a computer in my home, and like many health-minded people, I wear a step tracker (Garmin VivoActive). Sometimes on my rest days, I don’t even log 5,000 steps. I hope this challenge helps me log more steps.
|Monday||45 minutes weights + 6.1 miles (garages)|
|Thursday||7.1 miles including Race the Landing 5K (21:27)|
|Saturday||9 miles including Run for Brighter Days 10K (46:02)|
|Total||40 miles + 45 minutes weights|
On Monday morning, I went to the gym to lift weights, mostly lower body. Since the BodyPump instructor can no longer teach on Monday mornings, my gym decided to cancel the class until they hire someone. You’d think the gym would have a sub list for when instructors can’t make it, but I guess not. Hopefully they find someone soon and don’t get rid of the class altogether, or I will cancel my membership. Charleston needs better gyms!
On Wednesday, I headed to the track to run easy. It was so weird running easy mileage at the track, but I wanted to save my legs for Thursday night’s Race the Landing. I ran the warmup, then headed out for a easy few miles around SHS with Tammie and Theresa who are doing heart rate training. We ran in Zone 2, then headed back to the track to finish up and check on everyone doing intervals.
Thursday was the first Race the Landing of 2016. It was unseasonably cold for May- 70 degrees and 30% humidity. I didn’t realize humidity that low was possible. I’ll recap the race later this week, but I ran a 21:27, which was a personal course record for me. Every other time I’d run this course has been during the summer or New Year’s Day, but I was happy with my run.
It was another cool morning, so I ran very easy on Friday for a streak keeper before Clay and I left for Hartsville to spend Mother’s Day with his family.
On Saturday, I ran the Run for Brighter Days 10K. This race benefits mental health awareness for teens as well as organ donation. Mental health awareness is a good cause that isn’t discussed as much as it should be, and Lynn Bulloch hosts this race each year in memory of her son, Jonathan.
One of our Charleston runners, Lorcan Lucey, is an organ donation recipient and received Jonathan’s lungs. Lorcan and family, along with a bunch of the extended Charleston Running family, drove over two hours for this run! It was a mini destination race for a great cause, and since I was in town already for the weekend, I was definitely down to run.
I had a good race (46:02 on a slightly long trail course) and even placed second female overall.
We had a great Mother’s Day weekend with going out for Hibachi on Friday night, then grilling out and watching movies on Saturday. Clay and I also went to see our friend PJ and went to our favorite Mexican restaurant, then played board games Saturday night. We played a fun board game called Carcasonne. I won the game, which is surprising because I’m generally terrible at geeky board games (Carcasonne is pretty easy to learn).
On Sunday, we visited my parents on our extended road trip adventure home, then I did a quick shakeout run that afternoon since I spent all day in the car. It was ths summer’s first 90 degree run, so even the short run left me pretty sweaty.
Now, I’m glad to be home to relax a bit and get ready for the week ahead. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and spent time with their moms, wives, or other family members or friends who were mom-figures in their lives.