This week was another nice week in Charleston before we’re smacked with the heat and humidity, so I made the most of it. I ran a lot (no shocker), but I also spent a lot of time outside and with friends. May really is one of my favorite months of the year.
|Monday||45 minutes weights + 6 miles (garages)|
|Wednesday||8 miles (treadmill intervals)|
|Total||50.2 miles + 45 minutes strength|
Monday kicked off with my usual hill workout, and we had a few newcomers run garages with us. I run a parking garage workout with some friends every other Monday, and we run in six different Downtown Charleston garages. The route totals close to six miles and is a killer workout, but the views from the garages make it worth it. The smells from the garages are pretty awesome too- one garage smells like Hyman’s Seafood and another smells like Cumberland Street Smokehouse.
On Tuesday, I ended up running in the rain. It was sprinkling a little when I left home, but that felt good on a warm day. About five miles into my run, it started pouring. I ended up with a negative split run because I wanted to get home and dry off.
Wednesday was actually a nice day, but I skipped the Fleet Feet Summerville group run to get a workout in on the treadmill (4 minutes hard, 1 minute recovery). I have no doubt that the group run was fun, as it involved selfies and Twinkies, but the three mile run would’ve been a 40 minute drive thanks to a wreck outside my subdivision. Clay ended up skipping one of his MMA/BJJ classes, so we had a quiet night in and watched a movie.
Since I ran intervals on Wednesday, Thursday was a glorified easy day, and I ran with the Charleston Beer Runners. We ran from Hampton Park to the Joe Riley Stadium to watch the Charleston Riverdogs game. The weather was iffy, but it turned into a beautiful night for a run and baseball- the temperatures were cool and it didn’t rain a drop!
One of the group’s sponsors, First Command Financial Services, rolled out the red carpet for Charleston Beer Runners. Not only did we get free tickets to the game, but we also got free food and beer in a private area of the stadium. Everyone was really nice and I will run with the group again on the Thursday nights I don’t have 5Ks.
The weather warmed up for the weekend, and the humidity kicked in. I slept in a little on Saturday morning and went for a run just after a rain shower, so holy humidity (72 degrees and 94% humidity). My easy pace felt anything but easy, but it takes time to get used to the heat and humidity. Paces and finish times inevitably slow down, but late August/early September race times don’t lie if you train through the summer.
I did a long run on Saturday for 10 miles, my maintenance long run distance, and it went really well! The humidity was lower (70s) so not too shabby. I joined the group for the run, although I mostly ran alone since my long run pace is slower. I got a few miles in with other people though, and it was good to see Tom, Chris, Larry, and the others even if we had a small crowd.
Here’s to a great week ahead!