Summer is in full swing here in Charleston. The heat is on, along with the struggle shuffle that we call running in the months of June-August.
I was lucky that the heat spared my runs this week and none were really unbearable; in fact, Monday evening, Thursday morning, and Saturday morning really weren’t bad at all. I didn’t race this week because I need a mental break, but I’ll admit the hottest weather of the week inconveniently occurred on Thursday for those running the Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K.
|Monday||45 minutes strength + 7.5 miles (bridge)|
|Tuesday||8 miles (treadmill intervals)|
|Wednesday||7.1 miles easy|
|Friday||8 miles (treadmill tempo)|
|Total||45.7 miles + 45 minutes strength|
Early in the week, I decided not to run Thursday night’s Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K. I’ve run a lot of races already this summer- and this month- so I’m limiting myself over the net few hot weeks. I run races for a hard effort workout and to socialize, and I still wanted to socialize- so I volunteered by signing up race-day registrants and handing out finisher’s medals.
It was my first time volunteering for a race in several months, and I was sweaty and tired that night, but it’s pretty rewarding to give back to the sport that’s given me so much. The race itself was extremely hot but all the runners stayed safe. A lot of my friends placed, and we had a post-race after party at Agave’s Cantina. Not the best restaurant, food, or service, but I had good company with friends.
As far as my own workouts went, both of my quality days were on the treadmill. We cancelled Wednesday night track due to a big group run in Summerville, and the track is a 25 minute drive from my home. On Tuesday, I ran short treadmill intervals (4 minutes hard, 1 minute easy), and on Friday, I ran a 6 mile tempo run at current half marathon pace.
Friday’s tempo run was super difficult and I found myself dreading it on my drive to Planet Fitness, which is usually a sign that it’s a workout I need. Sure, it wasn’t the same as an outdoor tempo run, but it’s much safer with no extreme heat or cars. I also found a new trashy court TV/judge show I like.
I crammed 40 miles of running in Monday-Friday because I thought Clay and I would be going out of town to see family, but we ended up staying in Charleston. Since we stayed in town, I went to Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant’s Saturday morning group run. The weather was a bit cooler and nice, and Chris from Fleet Feet was at the base of the Cooper River Bridge handling out water and nuun to runners and walkers. I ran with Cindy and Baxley, and we ran part of the bridge.
After the run, I stuck around for the Bras, Bubbly, and Brunch event at Fleet Feet- where they did sports bra trivia, fittings, giveaways, brunch, and wine. We had tasty foods from Whole Foods and Nothing Bundt Cakes, and the wine pairings were based on control, secure, and stabilize since that’s what sports bras do.
You could tell the ladies of Fleet Feet put a lot of thought into the little things, and that’s what made it such a great event.
Net week, the plan is more of the same- no racing, some track intervals, a few group runs, and just trying to stay cool and consistent with summer training.
I hope everyone has a great week!