August is here! This month brings us back to school and football, both of which are great reminders that the summer sufferfest isn’t permanent.
The heat was rough this week, but that’s the reality of living in Charleston. Often, the heat means modifying workouts and slowing down. Clay and I are planning a vacation later this summer, so I’m excited to get away from the hot temperatures, even if it’s only for a few days.
|Monday||Lower body strength + 6 miles (garages)|
|Tuesday||7.1 miles easy|
|Wednesday||BodyPump + 6.1 miles (track/intervals)|
|Friday||7.5 miles, including 3 mile HMP tempo (treadmill)|
|Total||48 miles + 45 minutes strength + BodyPump|
Nothing new to report this week. We had a good garage run on Monday night, and I had a nice easy run on Tuesday before work. Speaking of work, it’s been especially hectic this week with lots of tickets and work coming in, but it’s nice to stay busy.
On Wednesday, we did a track workout. It was 97 degrees during our track workout and I was a little disappointed because I haven’t had a triple-digit run yet this summer and I was hoping Wednesday would be that day.
I ran 8 x 600m repeats, with a 200m jog between each one. A lot of our regulars weren’t around this week because it’s the middle of Ironman training, but those of us who showed up had a good workout followed by freeze pops thanks to Melissa.
On Thursday, I went to a fundraiser at Blue Sky Endurance, a triathlon store in Mt. Pleasant. The store raised money for Raven Saunders’ family to go to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Raven is a graduate of Burke High School who qualified for the Olympics a few weeks ago in the shot put. As an athlete, Raven’s trip is paid for, but not her family’s.
Raven’s family was on hand at Blue Sky Endurance to chat with everyone, and you could tell they were super thankful for the support. The store’s owner, Catherine, met Raven when she fitted her for a sports bra a few years ago. I met Raven last summer when she was practicing her throws at the downtown/Citadel track. You never know when you might meet a future Olympian.
The fundraiser raised over $1,000 for Raven’s mom, aunt, and sister to put toward the trip. Between the Blue Sky Endurance fundraiser, a Krispy Kreme fundraiser, and a GoFundMe account, the trip is completely paid for.
Saturday, I did a long run in Mt. Pleasant. I ran my usual bridge route and then joined the Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant group for some additional miles. Cindi and I ran together for the last 6 miles of my long run, and I misestimated the distance so we ended up running longer than planned. Oops.
I’m sad that the Saturday summer runs from the store are ending because I’ve enjoyed them. A lot of people still start and end their runs there, but it’s so much easier to do long runs with some company, even if it’s just part of the miles. Hanging out after the group run is fun too, as we eat King of Pops and chat.
On Sunday, I ran with the Hampton Park group, including my friend and fellow running blogger Alex (Tour De Blue Shoes) who lives in Columbia. Alex was vacationing at Folly Beach and wanted to get a run in while he was here. I think he appreciated the flatness of Charleston!
Even though I did a long run the day before, I felt pretty strong on Sunday and surprised myself. I feel like this break from racing, along with the mileage bump has helped a lot, but it’s hard to test that theory without any local races coming up and with 99% humidity all the time. Fortunately, August is here and it’s the last completely hot month before it starts to cool down.
I hope everyone has a great week!