I guess this is the summer of racing myself into shape, and like last week, I ended up running races on Thursday and Saturday. The heat hasn’t kicked in yet, but I plan to cut back on running races once it gets super hot. None are goal races, and I’m taking it pretty easy on the other days of the week.
Since I can jump into a race, see friends, earn grand prix points, and win little squirrel figurines… why not?
|Monday||45 minutes weights + 7 miles|
|Thursday||7.2 including Race the Landing 5K #2 (21:39)|
|Friday||2 mile shakeout|
|Saturday||7.15 including Run for Change 5K (21:32)|
|Total||45 miles + strength training|
The week started out easy with some runs with friends. On Monday, I ran the bridge with the Monday night garage/bridge group to get some hill work in. It was warm out, but I enjoyed the run and didn’t push the pace. You just can’t beat running over the Cooper River Bridge.
On Wednesday, I headed to the track for speedwork, but like last week, I ran easy instead of running intervals. I ran with Tammie, Theresa, and Tami. Tammie and Theresa are training for Ironman Wilmington and doing heart rate training, and their Zone 2 paces are in my easy range, so it worked out well. Everyone else ran a 400 workout.
After our workout, we headed to Charleston Sports Pub to celebrate Tami’s birthday and have recovery beverages after a Zone 2 run. The restaurant just opened last week, and they have some service kinks to work out, but the food was good. I had a shrimp taco, fish taco, and chips and queso on the side. I love the original Charleston Sports Pub in West Ashley and hope the Summerville one does well.
Our before pictures didn’t work out, so we took some at the restaurant. You know you want to buy a home from that goofy running realtor on the right.
After my meal, a good night’s rest, and a technical writing filled Thursday, I had my first 5K of the week, Race the Landing #2.
I started out too fast, and my last mile was U-G-L-Y- almost as slow as my half marathon pace. While it’s not super hot yet, it’s not exactly beautiful like it was in March and April, and I need to account for that in the first mile of the 5K.
Bad races happen to everyone- but even the worst races beat injury. Almost exactly two years ago, I had a sprained ankle then stress reaction that kept me off the roads for 7 weeks. I’ll take a badly paced 5K over setback that keep me from training.
Despite my bad pacing, one of the highlights of Race the Landing was my cooldown run. Melissa and I ran back on the course to run with her daughter, Alex, and Alex’s friend McKenna. We ran with them and encouraged them along, and both of them finished in under 36 minutes, placed in their age group, and set new PRs. They’re going to be in great shape for soccer season this Fall.
On Saturday, I headed up to Moncks Corner for the Run for Change 5K. This was a smaller charity 5K that I found out about through the Charleston Running Club discounts. Despite taking a slight detour and running .05 miles off course, I won the race for the ladies and earned some grand prix points, a glass award, and $20 in quarters. My award will come in handy for parking meters downtown.
Run for Change = Winners get jars of change!
I concluded the week with a 10.1 mile long run on Sunday. That’s right, I added .1 on because 45 miles for the week looks so much more impressive than 44.9 on paper. The weather was nice, but my legs were feeling the races and the running streak. I soaked my legs in the tub and drank a protein shake, so I felt a lot better Sunday evening.
Now, I’m looking forward to another week- and I hope it’s a great one!