This week was pretty uneventful as far as life goes, and I was happy about that. Work wasn’t super busy and I didn’t have a ton of real girl things to do. I had Monday off work for Labor Day, making the work week shorter and the workout week longer.
I also added a race to my schedule- the James Island Connector Run, which is on October 22. I ran the James Island Connector Run in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and it’s one of my favorite local races. It’s a great tune-up for a fall half or full marathon, or a fun goal race if you’re looking to race a 5K or 10K. Proceeds benefit the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, which helps students with disabilities go to college.
When you register for the James Island Connector Run, use the code Scott16 to save $5 on your registration fee.
|Monday||8.1 miles (bridge) + weights/core|
|Tuesday||7.1 miles easy|
|Wednesday||Weights/core + 6.2 miles (track)|
|Friday||7.8 miles, including 5 miles at half marathon goal pace|
|Sunday||7 miles + 60 minutes yoga|
I was off work Monday, so I slept in a bit and decided to run later. I debated between running the treadmill and running the Cooper River Bridge, and I ended up on the bridge. Since it was Labor Day, traffic was minimal on my drive to Mount Pleasant, and when I got there I realized that everyone in Charleston had the same idea to run or walk the bridge, so it was packed!
I saw many runners and walkers violating the rules by running or walking in the bike lane, and worst of all, people brought leashed dogs on the pedestrian path/bike lane. That’s very dangerous because the dog could wander into the bike lane and a cyclist could run over the dog. It’s also against the rules posted on the signage at the start of the pedestrian path.
The bridge itself even has the lanes marked to remind people. No dogs are pictured.
I had a pretty good 8 miler, and hopefully no dogs were harmed on the bridge. We didn’t do a lot to celebrate Labor Day, but Clay went to MMA/BJJ that night and we watched more football (it was a football filled weekend at our house).
On Wednesday, I hit the track with our track regulars. We have to start doing our workouts a little earlier and cool down on the roads now because of middle school football, but I’m grateful we still get to use the track on those Wednesdays. We were done 10 minutes before kickoff and no one was hit by a flying football.
My workout was 6 x 800m with 200m jog recoveries. It was 90 degrees out, and the track heats up fast- especially after the last few mornings of cool runs. My last rep was brutal, and I told myself it was the last half mile of the race to mentally get through it. Thank goodness it won’t be 90 degrees on race day, and I won’t be running on tired legs.
I wish I could say I hit my goal paces despite the heat, but I didn’t.
Friday was tempo day. Since it’s so hot here, I run these on the treadmill but plan to swap them out for local races once the road racing season kicks up in Charleston (I swapped it out a few weeks ago when I ran Race for the Ark 5K).
Every week, I start this workout nervous and finish this workout with confidence. What a difference an hour on a treadmill makes…
On Saturday, I set out for my long run, starting in Mt. Pleasant and running through downtown Charleston. I tried a different gel this time, a Hammer Nutrition gel that was espresso flavored. It contained caffeine and gave me a noticeable boost, plus it didn’t irritate my stomach and it tasted good (to someone who likes coffee). I only run 5K-half so I don’t need gels or fuel, but I’m experimenting with some on my longer runs in case I run a longer-distance race next year.
I recovered from my 14 miler with lots of college football! Unfortunately the Gamecocks lost, but I didn’t really expect any different. Clay and I order South of Philly for the games and it makes for a nice dinner and night in, at least.
Every pizza’s a personal pizza when you train hard enough.
Sunday, I did an easy run downtown, which didn’t feel easy with the oppressive heat, humidity, and dew point. Add that to the miles that are already on my legs this week… yikes! I’m ready for Fall and cooler temperatures, not to mention pumpkin spice, hoodies, yoga pants, and more football. I ran near the water on Sunday which made it seem even hotter.
After my run, Charlotte, Emily, Nancy, and I did the Second Sunday Savasana yoga class downtown. It was a great class and perfect way to unwind, recover from the run, and center ourselves before another busy week begins.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!