I’m officially back on the training plan after our Seattle vacation.
This week was a little different because I had my first 5K race since Race the Landing #5. I did a few quality runs as well as a couple of recovery runs to freshen up for Race for the Ark.
|Monday||45 minutes strength training + 7.1 miles (bridge)|
|Wednesday||8 miles (treadmill intervals) + 3 miles (pub run)|
|Saturday||7.5 miles including Race the Ark 5K (21:20)|
|Total||46.2 miles + strength training|
The highlights of my week were my group runs and Race for the Ark, so I’ll keep it simple and talk about those.
On Wednesday, I went to Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant for the Luau Pub Run bash. As a Race 13.1 Ambassador, I wanted to formally meet Dan (series director) and promote their upcoming Charleston race. I blogged about Race 13.1 Charleston a few weeks ago and chatted with a couple of people about the race during and after the group run. If you live in the Charleston area or are interested in visiting, check out Race 13.1 Charleston on October 29.
Wednesday is normally my track day, so I did my workout on the treadmill and used the 3 mile pub run as a recovery run/extended cooldown. Shelby from Fleet Feet took pictures and I did my best to smile even though it was Mile 10 for the day (Side note: Shelby is super encouraging and would be really great at Mile 12 of a Half Marathon or Mile 25 of a full).
On Thursday, I ran with Charleston Beer Runners. I normally take Thursday off since it’s the day between track and my Friday tempo runs, but since I was racing on Saturday, I opted to do an easy shakeout run and take Friday off. I parked my car at the hosting bar, Edmund’s Oast, ran a mile to Hampton Park, then ran about three miles with the group back to Edmund’s Oast.
Edmund’s Oast has a great happy hour with $4 drink and appetizer specials. The appetizers are super small but the drinks are a great deal, and they have some unique ones on the menu, including a Peanut Butter and Jelly beer. I opted for a cocktail called the Olde Thyme and it was delicious and strong. I’m a lightweight and a cheap date- it only takes one drink for me.
Charleston Beer Runners go to a different bar or restaurant each week, and it’s gotten me out of my comfort zone to try some new places. As you can see from Eryn’s pictures, we had a really big crowd for this run.
Friday was my weekly rest day. I’m pretty diehard about taking a day off running each week to catch up on laundry and life. Dillard’s had a super sale, so I went to the mall and bought some new luggage for myself and some shirts for Clay. Clay’s lost a lot of weight with MMA/BJJ so we’re replacing his shirts! We went to a pool party and barbeque with his coworkers that evening.
Saturday was Race for the Ark 5K! I ran a good race and enjoyed hanging out with my friends and training partners. I ran a 21:20, and I’ll write a full recap of the race later this week.
After the race, I bought groceries and got my car washed at a donation car wash hosted by the Summerville High School Band. While driving in town, I passed two more car washes hosted by the other two high schools’ bands. Everyone in Summerville should have a clean car. I spent the rest of Saturday afternoon resting until that evening, when we went to a Lowcountry boil and board games party with some friends.
Sunday was a typical post-race long run of 10 miles, then Clay and I went to Bluerose Cafe for brunch with our friends Kelsey and Ian. This was our first brunch experience at Bluerose, and it was a success. I had an eggplant parmesan frittata and Clay ordered the crab cake benedict. The brunch also came with a plate of breads and pastries for the table.
We didn’t wait long, the eggs benedict was runny (I love runny eggs!), and the price was right at only $12.50 a person. The staff at Bluerose gets to know you and recognizes you when you come back, and it’s truly a local gem away from the hustle and bustle and tourist destinations downtown. We’ve always loved Bluerose Cafe for breakfast and lunch, and it’s safe to say we’ll be adding it to our Sunday brunch rotation as well now.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!