Happy Monday everyone! After Sunday’s rest day, I was excited to kick off a week of training.
Lately, I’ve realized that training is like chess, and you have to think several moves ahead to be successful. Throwing in that additional workout or adding a few miles to a run might feel good now, but it impacts the workouts and races later in your training. If the “extra” keeps me from performing my best when it counts, it’s not worth it.
Since I didn’t do a long run last Sunday, I had plenty of time to evaluate my training and racing plans for the summer. The unplanned rest day was well worth it, both mentally and physically. I slept MUCH more this week. Last week, I hardly slept for more than 3 hours at a time, and my appetite was off/not hungry.
Sleep, better fueling, recovery, and a sports massage made this week of training much more enjoyable.
|Monday||7.1 miles (Cooper River Bridge)|
|Tuesday||55 minutes spin + 5 miles|
|Wednesday||5.2 miles (Track)|
|Thursday||7.1 miles including Race the Landing 5K #4 (21:55)|
|Total||44.7 miles + 55 minutes spin|
I kicked off the week with a few miles on the Cooper River Bridge. I did my usual run from Whole Foods, over the bridge and back, and the weather wasn’t too humid. We had a few drops of rain, but nothing major. The tropical storm certainly spared us.
After a great run, I had an even better mail day, as I received my shirts from the Fitness World Gyms April (Beast Mode) challenge and May (Streak) challenge. I’m not streaking anymore, but I guess I can officially say I’ve been there, done that, and got the t-shirt.
On Tuesday morning, I tried a spin class my gym, and I really didn’t enjoy it. Pivotal is far from the best, and the staff isn’t very excited. They don’t really greet you or make you feel welcome when you’re new in a class, which was kind of a turn off to me. The best part of class was the playlist because I got some good ideas for my running playlist.
I did go for a run after spin, and my legs were warmed up and ready to go! I see how some triathletes do well in the last 5K of a sprint triathlon.
Wednesday night was track night. I ran 8 x 400m and then one mile where I ran fast on the straight parts of the track and recovered on the curves. We had a smaller than usual crowd, but it was great to see everyone who could make it, and we always miss people when they can’t come.
On Thursday, I ran the 4th Race the Landing 5K and had a *much* better race than last weekend’s Floppin’ Flounder. I didn’t start the race too fast, and my second and third mile were only mildly slower than the first one. I had a strategy going into the race and stuck with it, and finishing in under 22 minutes was icing on the cake!
On Saturday, I ran 7 miles (over the Cooper River Bridge and back) before meeting with the Fleet Fleet Mount Pleasant Saturday run club to run 5 miles around Patriot’s Point and the trails. The trails are shaded so it was a nice break from the heat. I really like the Saturday morning runs with Fleet Feet because of the late start time (7:45). I am so not an early morning runner.
On Saturday night, I went to Keri’s house for a cookout with Summerville Tri Club. We had 46 people total and tons of delicious meats, veggies, fruit, sides, desserts, and drinks. Keri really outdid herself on the party preparations, especially the cupcakes. Her cupcakes are famous in the Summerville triathlete and running circle- and we had chocolate, lemon, and coconut flavors!
Everyone ran or biked that morning, so we came hungry and ready to party into the night, and we did. I love getting together with everyone off the track or outside of races.
On Sunday, I ran an easy 8 miles around downtown Charleston a bit later in the morning. A few new people came out to run the park, so I ran with them so they’d know the route, and we talked about Charleston, running, yoga, and other fun things.
After the run, I came home and showered, then Clay and I tried a new-to-us place for brunch, The Junction Kitchen and Provisions in North Charleston.
The food tasted great- I had the energy salad with salmon, quinoa, kale, red peppers, avocado, and almonds, along with a really tasty sweet balsamic. Clay had the chicken and waffles special, which was pecan-encrusted chicken and waffles that were lightly sweet even without a ton of syrup.
The service was good, but his chicken and waffles were super small- almost like a child’s portion, as the garnish was bigger than the dish (he didn’t even get a whole waffle). If we go back, we won’t get the chicken and waffles. It was fun venturing to a different area of town for brunch, though.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!