Nobody running downtown, Nobody running the beach
Hurricane Matthew’s in the ocean, Charleston’s out reach
Empty bridge, empty streets, Ran my long run all alone
You boarded up your house, Hope it’s there when you come home…
It’s time for the Weekly Rundown, Hurricane Matthew Edition!
|Monday||7.1 miles (bridge)|
|Wednesday||8 miles with 6 miles HMP|
|Thursday||14 miles (long run)|
|Friday||Cross training: stairstepper, strength, and stretching|
|Saturday||No workout (Hurricane Matthew/Power Outage)|
I kicked off Monday running the Cooper River Bridge with Stevie, Dustin, and Steve on the bike. We had a great run and ran the entire bridge, and the weather was a bit cooler. With lower humidity and cooler temperatures, the guys I ran with could actually breathe. I was still struggling with breathing through my nose and low level fatigue from this lingering cold.
Steve took a great picture of us, and the camera angle and two tall guys make me look like an even tinier terror.
I usually lift on Monday but didn’t lift this week. Truthfully, I was too tired to wake up and go to the gym, so I slept in and skipped it. My body needed to sleep until 8 AM more than it needed to lift.
On Tuesday, the hurricane talk intensified. I went out for an easy run, and between the stress of hurricane news and the congestion, it was even slower than usual. I went to bed early that night and Clay said he could tell I still didn’t feel good. Our gym cancelled classes from Wednesday until the storm passed, so I decided to sleep in on Wednesday as well.
By Wednesday afternoon, I was feeling better so I did my 6 mile pace run on the treadmill and watched TV. It was nice because I watched mindless game shows instead of hurricane coverage!
Clay worked from home on Wednesday and we prepared some things for the hurricane and talked about evacuations and plans. Both of us had cabin fever that evening, so we went to Charleston Sports Pub for dinner. We knew restaurants would be closed on Saturday for our weekend date, so we celebrated a bit early. The roads were empty, so we made it to the restaurant in record time. It was weird driving in Charleston with so little traffic.
With the wet weekend, I decided to do my long run on Thursday morning, so I carb-loaded with the mahi sandwich and broccoli. It was really yummy, and I’m glad Charleston Sports Pub was open for everyone to eat, drink, and keep our minds off the hurricane.
On Thursday, I woke up at dark-thirty and ran 14 miles before work. It was hard to get going, since I started before daylight and my body was fatigued from Wednesday’s tempo run (and still a little congested). The roads and bike path were empty, and I saw more police cars than people. Once my body woke up, I had a strong pace for the last 10-11 miles and finished just in time to shower, rehydrate, and work.
We evacuated to Hartsville on Friday to be with Clay’s family, but both of us got a quick workout in at the Fitness World Gyms there in town before the major stuff hit on Saturday. Saturday was a complete washout- with wind and rain all day, and no power at his parents’ house (they still don’t have power). We headed back to Charleston that night to beat the crowds of other evacuees.
On our way home, we saw a LOT of damage in the Florence/Hartsville/Darlington area. Many have trees in their homes, flooding, property damage, and power loss. Some will not have power until Wednesday. My parents had several trees fall on their property, and my uncle had a tree fall into his home, but he is okay. Our families and friends are all safe. While I know thoughts are cheap, mine are with everyone affected.
Charleston was certainly spared. Hurricane Matthew ruined my birthday, but thankfully that’s all it ruined. Our yard had some limbs and debris to pick up, but that makes for good cross training and Sunday was beautiful weather to do it. I also ran around my neighborhood and checked on some of my friends’ homes to give them updates because they evacuated.
On Sunday night, Clay cooked a wonderful dinner- steak for him, salmon for me, and lots of veggies. It’s one of my favorite meals ever, and my husband is truly a grill master. It was a wonderful belated birthday celebration.
I am one lucky lady.