With a vacation to Seattle and averaging 45-50 miles per week all summer, this week was perfect for a glorified cutback week.
Clay and I don’t take many vacations, so when we do, we make the most out of them. In my daily real-girl life, I’m one to plan my workouts, schedule meetings, and track most details of life… but on vacation, I live in the moment. It’s relieving to wing it for a few days and not live and die by the Lilly Pulitizer planner.
I enjoyed the mental break and did not run in Seattle. Vacations are for vacationing, training is for the other 360 days out of the year.
|Monday||8.1 miles (treadmill intervals)|
|Friday||Flight home from Seattle (Sick)|
|Saturday||11.15 miles (long run)|
|Sunday||8 miles (2 up, 4 miles at goal HM pace, 2 down)|
Even though our flight to Seattle didn’t leave until Monday afternoon, I took the day off work to sleep in, pack, and prepare. This way, my vacation technically started last Friday. I hit the treadmill for the intervals scheduled on my training plan, where I watched the Olympics and saw Emma Coburn take the bronze medal in the 3000m steeplechase. It was a great motivation booster, and I’ll miss my Olympic treadmill runs.
Clay went to MMA/BJJ and lifted weights on Monday. Both of us wanted to get one last hard effort in before vacation- and we were both starving at the end of the five-hour flight to Seattle!
We spent Tuesday-Thursday in Seattle, where we visited Pike’s Place Market, the EMP Museum, and caught a Seattle Seahawks preseason game. We walked over 8 miles each day (over 11 miles on the day we went to the Seahawks game), so we were certainly active. My step count each day was higher than usual even without running.
Seattle’s weather was beautiful- when we left our AirBNB on Tuesday morning, it felt like Thanksgiving. It got warmer that week, but was much cooler than Charleston. I wanted to bottle up the weather and the restaurant food prices and take them back to Charleston with me, but alas, we returned to Sauna Carolina on Friday.
I’ll write more about our Seattle trip soon.
I planned to run my 4 mile tempo on Friday when we got back from Seattle, but I was sick from the plane ride. My head hurt, my ears hurt, I was dehydrated, and I felt dizzy when I got up out of my computer chair. Needless to say, running didn’t happen. I avoid missing workouts, but dizziness was the deal breaker- I didn’t want to take any chances and fall. With so many Fall races, the last thing I need is to fall, get hurt, and miss even more training.
On Saturday morning, I still didn’t feel 100%. I opted for a long run instead of the tempo. It was a struggle shuffle and the pace was a bit slower than usual. I stopped at every water fountain and gave myself permission to turn around if I felt dizzy. Fortunately, I didn’t.
I spent the rest of Saturday at home watching Olympics and Clay grilled steaks and salmon. After vacation, it was so nice to have a relaxing day in so I could recover from the jet lag!
Sunday was a much better run. Postponing the half marathon paced tempo was the right decision. I ran 8 miles total, with 4 at goal half marathon pace, while watching Olympics on the treadmills at Planet Fitness. In my training plan, I feel like the tempo run is the most important run of the week, so I’m glad it went well even if it was later in the week than usual.
After my run, Clay and I went to Toast of West Ashley for brunch. Toast just opened their West Ashley location, so we waited awhile on our table. After placing our orders, we waited 35 minutes for the food. Sunday brunch is packed everywhere in Charleston, and I didn’t mind waiting on a table since I didn’t have a reservation, but 35 minutes is a long time to wait on two entrees.
Clay ordered a build-your-own-omelet with home fries, and I had Toast’s signature dish, the Eggs Meeting Street, with cheese grits. The Eggs Meeting Street is Toast’s take on eggs benedict and includes a fried green tomato, crab cake, poached egg, and roasted red pepper remoulade. My grits were creamy and rich, and the crab cake was all meat, no filler. I was a little surprised that the egg on top wasn’t runny, though.
Clay enjoyed his omelet and said the home fries were seasoned well- I tried a home fry, and he was right. Both our meals also came with enormous biscuits which we brought home. Hopefully once Toast of West Ashley is open for a few weeks or months, the food will come out faster. The long wait for our food was really the only issue, and I’m willing to give it another shot.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!