August is in full swing. I had a great week of runs and some strength workouts this week. Besides that, I was extremely busy at work.
We had a tax-free weekend here in SC, so I bought a new laptop on Friday. I had my eye on one I’d spotted at Costco last week, so I waited a few days to make my purchase and save the tax. We have this “holiday” in SC each year, and a laptop is a big purchase so the wait was worth it. Costco wasn’t much more crowded than usual, but traffic was tied up all over town this weekend.
My old laptop was almost 4 years old, so it was time to go!
|Monday||45 minutes weights (lower body) + 7.1 miles (bridge)|
|Wednesday||BodyPump + 6.1 miles (track)|
|Friday||7.5 miles including 3 mile HMP tempo (treadmill)|
|Total||48.1 miles + BodyPump + Weights|
I’ve gotten into a routine with my key workouts, so most weeks look the same right now (they’ll look a little different once I start racing again).
On Wednesday, I did my usual track workout, and this week’s plan was 6 x 800m. The weather looked a little iffy, with a chance of thunderstorms and rain, but that meant the temperature was much cooler than normal (79 degrees, 89% humidity, breeze). The cooler temperatures definitely helped me keep my repeats around 5K pace.
Despite the weather, we had a nice little crowd and a rainbow at the end of the workout!
On Thursday, I went to a dive bar called Cutty’s Elliotborough Establishment. In four years of living in Charleston, I’ve never visited a place as divey as Cutty’s, and if you’re interested, you must see it to believe it. You’ll feel worlds away from the fancier bars that are merely blocks away.
I had a delicious margarita and a lot of fun with the Charleston Beer Runners. I was the lone person who drove to the bar, but I take my recovery and my recovery beverages seriously.
On Friday, I did my tempo run on the treadmill, the only tolerable way to run 3 miles at your goal half marathon pace right now. It wasn’t too bad, but the tempo run distance increases every few weeks, so I’m a bit nervous about next week’s being 4 miles at goal pace.
Saturday’s run was 12 miles, and I changed up my route a little. Since the Fleet Feet group isn’t meeting, I started my run further away from the Cooper River Bridge, so I ran 3 miles before hitting the incline. I ran an out and back route and stopped for water a few times. Thank goodness for Chris from Fleet Feet Sports handing out bottles of water and the self-serve hydration station at Blue Sky Endurance!
On Sunday, I ran 8 miles on the Sawmill Branch Trail with Melissa. We started at the Y just after 7:30 AM and saw a lot of runners, walkers, and cyclists on the trail. We had a good conversation and I like running out at Sawmill Branch a few times a month for a change of scenery. Good friends and nice routes are worth the drive, anyway!
After my run, I drank a protein shake then went out to Charleston Sports Pub with Clay and his friend Jeffrey who was in town for the weekend. Sunday was full of difficult decisions, including choosing between pancakes or a breakfast quesadilla at brunch, then between Olympics and Preseason NFL. I am loving the Olympics and looking forward to seeing how Raven Saunders and some other lowcountry athletes do in their respective events.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!