October is here! I’m excited because October means Fall temperatures, football, and my birthday month. But first, a training recap for your reading pleasure.
|Monday||40 minutes strength/stretching + 8 miles|
|Wednesday||3.15 miles AM + 6.2 miles PM (track)|
|Saturday||8.4 miles including Isle of Palms Connector 10K (44:52)|
|Sunday||12.1 miles + 60 minutes BodyFlow|
|Total||50.1 miles + strength + BodyFlow|
On paper (err, screen), this week looks better than it was.
I rode the struggle bus big time. I planned to run parking garages on Monday. It was raining pretty hard where I live, so I ended up staying close to home and running 8 treadmill miles. In another attempt for a hill workout, I set my alarm clock for 5:30 AM to run the bridge Tuesday morning, but ended up sleeping until 6:30 and running 7 miles in my neighborhood.
If I don’t train, I can’t complain so… I can’t complain.
Wednesday was track day. I ran a ladder workout, which was 1600m, 1200m, 800m, and 2 x 400m. I jogged a lap around the track between each one for recovery. I’m not a slave to the watch, but my warmup was too fast and so were most of my intervals. I realize I am the only runner who isn’t happy about a faster pace in a track workout… I would rather faster than planned in a race and not a workout.
I can speak for the entire track group that we’ll be glad when middle school football season ends and we don’t have to share the track. The football players were especially obnoxious this week. One kid tried to “race” me during my recovery lap and kept telling me “You’re doing good girl! You’re catching up with me!” Then I reached the start line and took off at 5K pace. Also, one football player stole one runners’ Gatorades from the sidelines.
We ended up at Icehouse for food and recovery beverages and it was delicious and fun as usual. The middle school kid got Brent’s Gatorade, but Brent got a beer to make up for it.
When I woke up on Thursday, my throat was a bit sore. Since I did track the night before, I took off running. I worked, did laundry, and went to Triangle Char-N-Bar to hang out with Charleston Beer Runners. Since I didn’t run and had my car at the finish, I gave a couple people rides back to the start.
I ran easy on Friday and was still a bit congested. I called my mom and she commented on how nasal-y my voice sounded. I took an adult dosage of cold medicine and went to bed in hopes of feeling better for Saturday’s Isle of Palms Connector Run 10K. I didn’t feel well, but I completed the 10K. My time was not what I hoped or trained for, and I don’t think it represents my fitness. In life and running, you can only give your best for that particular day- and I did.
I spent the rest of Saturday resting and watching football. The Gamecocks let me down once again, but if you’re a Gamecock fan, you get used to it. I went to bed at 10 PM because I was exhausted!
On Sunday, I ran 12.1 miles, sharing some of it with the Hampton Park run group and the last mile with Emily. My plan originally said 13-14, but I stopped at my car to blow my nose and decided to call it a day (it was not the only time I had to blow my nose during the long run). I’m not sweating the missed mile or two because some runs feel good and I end up running longer than planned other days.
After the run, I headed to Triangle Char-N-Bar for a Going Away Brunch for Anne Boone, one of my friends and Charleston Running Club member who is moving to California. I call her Iron Anne because she is an IronMan Triathlete and a rockstar runner. She was running back in the days when fewer women ran (especially in the South) and a trendsetter in that regard. The Charleston running and triathlon scene will certainly miss her.
We had a great turnout at the brunch and sent her off with some great pictures and presents.
Good luck with any Fall races you have coming up. If you’re in the Charleston area and don’t have a run on the calendar, I highly recommend the James Island Connector Run on October 22. It’s one of my favorite events in the Charleston area, and 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, finisher’s medal, shirt, and free food and beer at the finish.
I hope everyone has a great week! Happy October!