Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day. We don’t have any big holiday plans but will grill out if we get a break from Tropical Storm Bonnie. Charleston beaches get crowded, so we prefer to stay close to home.
Early in the week, a friend offered me an entry into the Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K on Thursday night. I hadn’t planned to race this week, so I shifted my training around a little at the last minute. It was a “train through” race so no big deal, and I was excited to have something to do on a Thursday night before a holiday weekend.
|Monday||45 minutes strength + 7.3 miles|
|Tuesday||2.25 miles + 20 minutes strength|
|Wednesday||5.4 miles (track)|
|Thursday||7.1 including Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K #1 (22:11)|
|Total||44.4 miles, 65 minutes strength|
On Monday night, I ran the bridge with some friends, including one who ran it for the first time. It was a chatty fun run because our Monday night bridge/garage crew is the best. I also ran around a mile before meeting up with everyone.
I took it easy on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, I ran a track workout with our usual crew. Since it’s the end of the school year with lots of awards programs, we had a smaller-than-usual crowd, but everyone who came got a great workout in. Because I had the 5K the next night and didn’t want to run longer intervals, I ran a 400m workout. I ran 5.4 miles total, including 9 x 400m.
Why 9 x 400m instead of 8 or 10? Well… I was caught up in the running moment and completely lost count of my reps! When I got home, showered, ate, and looked at my splits on Strava, I realized I’d run an extra 400m, and that the last 400m was my fastest one yet- kudos to Brian for suggesting we hammer it.
I went into Thursday night’s 5K with zero expectations, as it was a trail course and I ran a workout the night before. On a trail, you have to race the course and not the clock, and I knew my time would be slower than the roads. I wasn’t trying to set any records and was okay with that.
My race was interesting. I ran a 22:11 and placed second female overall. I raced thinking I was the #5 or #6 female, so I was holding on for an age group pint glass- or so I thought. This was the first time I’ve raced the course, so I didn’t know where I was going, and the course had a lot of turns. The female winner was the 9-year-old girl who I followed because I assumed she knew the course. It was sweet and so cool that a kid won the race.
After the race, I hung out with Melissa, Ashley, and some others at Daniel Island Grille for the after party. We ate, drank, and took goofy pictures.
On Saturday, I joined the Fleet Feet Sports Mount Pleasant group for a 5 mile run around Patriot’s Point, then finished up with 7 more miles from the store, which included the Cooper River Bridge. That 7 mile route is one of my favorites, because you begin and end at Fleet Feet and Whole Foods- so perfect for bathrooms, snacks, water, or any running needs you may want to buy.
The group run was great and had a large crowd. We started at around 8 AM- perfect timing for me since I’m not an early riser on Saturday mornings. Everyone stayed together and talked during the group run, and I loved having company for the first half of my long run before hitting the bridge.
Sunday, I ran on the treadmill at Planet Fitness due to Tropical Storm Bonnie. It was the hardest run of the week, both physically and mentally. I had a weird side pain and had to stop the treadmill twice. I got 7 miles in but wouldn’t have been good for any more. I came home and cleaned up, drank a shake, then headed to the mall to do some shopping once the rain cleared up.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!