Another week of hot and humid summer training is done. Most places are experiencing Fall temperatures, and here in Charleston, we finally had some high temperatures that were below 90 degrees. I guess that’s progress.
I don’t have a goal race for the Fall and doubt I will. I’d like to say I’m enjoying the process rather than training for a specific race. I’m running two workouts each week and recovering well to stay injury free. Hopefully two quality days per week, with some easy runs sprinkled in there, will help me see faster race times whenever the time is right.
|Monday||45 minutes strength + 6 miles|
|Wednesday||40 minutes strength + 8 miles|
Running was pretty uneventful this week. We had a pop-up tropical storm that affected my training schedule. Typically, you have a lot of notice for tropical weather, but Tropical Storm Julia formed over land, which is highly unusual.
TS Julia made Wednesday track a washout, so I took my workout to the treadmill. Props to everyone who ran outside or ran on the treadmill on Wednesday. I don’t think running outside in the rain makes anyone a “better” or more “hardcore” runner than someone who chooses to run indoors or take a rest day. Everyone has different comfort levels and priorities.
The forecasters thought the storm’s rain would stick around for a few days, but fortunately things dried up on Thursday and Friday. None of the local meteorologists predicted Julia’s arrival, so I guess you can’t expect them to know when the storm will depart, either.
On Saturday, I ran and hung out with Ashly who I met when I first moved here. Both of us used to be a part of the TrySports store running group before that store closed. She’s running again and training for some half marathons and an eventual full marathon. It was great to see her and run with her again.
We ran the Laurel Hill Trails in Mt. Pleasant. The trail and the “Avenue of Oaks” are so Charleston. Kind of like heat and humidity.
Sunday’s long run was 12 miles. At 8:30 AM, it was already 81 degrees with 89% humidity, and the sun was high in the sky in Downtown Charleston. Melissa and I ran the first 11 miles together and the views were beautiful. We ran a different neighborhood, then joined the OnShore Hampton Park group for 8 miles. Each mile was the same pace or a little faster than the last.
After the group run, I still had one more mile to run. Running after everyone else is done is difficult, but I want to follow the plan and that means finishing when I’m done, not when I’m “ready to be done”. As soon as I turned on my iPod, the song “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals came on. That song is so 1999, but it applies to running and set me up for a solid final mile. I told myself I could do anything for nine minutes. That final mile was my fastest, and much faster than nine minutes.
Last, I want to remind everyone about the James Island Connector Run, which is on October 22. I am a race ambassador again this year, as this is one of my favorite events in the Charleston area. The race includes a finisher’s medal and is dog and stroller friendly. 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. This makes the price only $30, which is a steal for what you get- a race, medal, shirt, and free food and beer at the finish. If you’re local, I hope to see you there!
I’m off to light my pumpkin spice scented candle in an attempt to summon Fall temperatures. I hope everyone has a great week!