The holidays are over, and now I’m counting down the weeks until back-to-school, college football, and tolerable running weather here in Charleston. Despite the heat, all of my runs were outside this week, and I did some strength training.
|Monday||45 minutes strength training + 6 miles (garages)|
|Wednesday||60 minutes BodyPump + 5.1 miles (track)|
|Thursday||7.2 miles, including Race the Landing #5 (22:28)|
|Total||46 miles + 45 minutes strength + 60 minutes BodyPump|
I was glad to get back to garage running on Monday afternoon- mainly because our garage runs are downtown and cooler than West Ashley because of the sea breeze. You get some natural shade running inside the garages, the view from the top is beautiful, and you can smell fried seafood and barbeque from nearby Charleston restaurants. It was a fun 6 miles.
On Wednesday, the rain held off for our track workout, but it was 99 degrees. I was really hoping to log my first triple-digit run of the summer!
My workout was 8 x 400m, followed by 1 mile of “ins and outs”, which is sprinting the straight parts of the track and jogging easy around the curves. I kept a consistent pace and completed the workout.
At the end of the run, our friend and Summerville Tri Club social organization diva Keri brought popsicles to the track. John, Melissa, and I had one of our fastest cooldown miles ever to finish up and eat one of those bomb pops before they melted.
On Thursday night, I ran the final 5K of the Race the Landing summer series. I wasn’t feeling the run that night and just wanted to be done so I could party- and my time reflects that- but I enjoyed the series a lot this year. I’ll recap the race later this week, but it was a very inspiring night with friends, running, food, beer, and awards. Race the Landing is pretty much the Cadallac of summer 5K series and I highly recommend it.
Saturday, I ran a long run, starting out with 7 miles with Melissa, who wanted to run the Cooper River Bridge, and finishing up with the Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant group where Cindi and I ran a little extra to explore Patriot’s Point. I was close to 13, so I decided to make the long run an impromptu half marathon.
This run was my first time running 13.1 miles since the Hilton Head Island Half Marathon and obviously much slower, since it’s summer and not a race. I always forget how hard it is to run that distance with no shirts, medals, awards, or spectators. I was grateful that Chris M. from Fleet Feet was set up at the foot of the bridge with water and Nuun, though- at least there was an aid station!
(I love Cindi, but after 7 sweaty pre-picture miles, I kept my distance.)
After running, our Saturday was pretty low-key. I did some shopping at the outlet malls, and Clay grilled steaks and salmon that night. We keep our weekends simple.
On Sunday, I ran 8 miles from Hampton Park with the other Sunday morning group runners, and I ran a fairly easy pace. The run was a little creepy though, because a funeral home van followed some of us for almost two miles, almost as if they were hoping for a new customer. It wasn’t that hot, though- since it rained/stormed the night before and we started earlier than usual (8:30 AM). We had post-run popsicles and chatter, and it was a nice morning.
I hope everyone had a wonderful week!