Fall running weather arrived in Charleston this week, so if you’re local, I hope this fueled some new life into your training after the heat and humidity that lingered so long.
If you 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.
|Monday||9.15 miles including 7 miles HMP + 30 minutes CXWORX|
|Wednesday||45 minutes strength + 6.2 miles (track)|
|Saturday||8.2 miles (bridge)|
|Sunday||16.2 miles + BodyFlow|
Monday workout on the treadmill really wore me out. I ran 7 miles only slightly slower than my 10K pace and decided maybe this training plan isn’t for me and I should just take things day by day, especially when I’m stressed out. I followed up with a 30 minute CXWORX class in the gym, which made me wish my gym offered CXWORX more often and at times I can regularly participate.
Tuesday’s run was slow and involved a lot of debri dodging. I was tired and didn’t want to run, but I got some miles in. I have faith that the miles will pay off and sometimes, the miles you don’t want to do are the ones you need most and the ones that pay off the most.
Wednesday was track/speed night. The football kids weren’t at our track, which made us happy, and we had music from the SHS marching band in the background to entertain us. It was a nice night to run, but the run itself was tough. I don’t think I’d recovered from Monday’s tempo run.
We headed to Montreux after the run for recovery and birthday beverages + food. Montreux is one of my favorite places and they had live music. I love the tacos and sweet potato fries there. Everyone had a great time. I love our track crew and am excited for the Ironman NC triathletes to be coming back once the tri is over this weekend. We have certainly missed them, as they have been busy swimming and riding on Wednesdays.
Friday and Saturday’s runs were good. I ran the bridge on Saturday and it was a beautiful day for it. I saw 3 people wearing shorts over tights on the bridge though. I’m not sure why anyone running in Charleston needs tights. If you’re moving here from a cold weather climate, you should sell your tights to free up space in the moving van and earn some extra cash for a craft beer once you arrive in Charleston.
On Sunday, Melissa and I ran 12 miles on Sawmill Branch. The run even included some obstacle course training because a large tree was in the middle of the path, so we climbed over the tree at Mile 2 and Mile 10. It was built-in cross training.
On our way back down the trail, we spotted Wade and Sarah from Fleet Feet Summerville. The No Boundaries (Couch to 5K) program through the store had their “graduation 5k” on the trail that morning.
The runners were signed up for a 5K last Saturday, but it was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. Fleet Feet decided to blow up the finishing arch and have a graduation race for the this weekend. We cheered for all the NOBO 5K runners on the trail during the last mile of our own run. The runners were all smiles, and it was symbolic of everyone moving on after Hurricane Matthew. Summerville is lucky to have Fleet Feet!
Once we got back to the Y, I took the rest of my sport beans, Melissa headed out, and I finished up my 16 miler with 4 solo miles. After a crazy week, the long run built my training confidence. I took it easy that afternoon by having brunch with Clay, buying groceries, and going to BodyFlow.
Onward to the James Island Connector Run on Saturday. Have a great week!