Happy Monday and Happy Halloween!
This week was a pretty good one. I logged my highest weekly mileage yet, ran a great track workout, and enjoyed a long run “race out” (race as a workout) at Race 13.1 Charleston.
Charleston is lacking in the trail run department, but just like last year, Race 13.1 stepped up to the plate and brought a great event to the area. If you like trails, half marathons, or Halloween runs, this race had something for you. It was well organized and great for all ability levels, from beginners to local elites.
I’ll write a recap of the event later this week, but until then, here’s a weekly workout rundown.
|Monday||8.1 miles (bridge) + sports massage|
|Wednesday||AM: 3.1 miles easy and PM: 6 miles (track)|
|Thursday||5.1 miles easy|
|Friday||75 minutes yoga|
|Saturday||16.4 miles including Race 13.1 Charleston (1:46:37)|
|Sunday||8.1 miles + BodyFlow|
I got up at dark-thirty on Monday morning and journeyed out to Mt. Pleasant to run the bridge. It’s pretty hard for me to wake up in the mornings, but I needed to run the lone “hill” we have to practice on. I was done by 8 AM and on my way home to work.
I got a sports massage on Monday afternoon (which is why I ran that morning instead of running with the group like I usually do). The James Island Connector Run is pretty tough terrain, and the inclines also beat my quads up, so the sports massage was just what I needed.
Since I ran that morning and got a massage, I was pretty hungry, so I opted for Verde for lunch. To celebrate Verde’s birthday, the restaurant had all signature salads for $3.65 which was quite a steal. I tried the Soy Bien salad and was happy that they were generous with the bread.
On Wednesday, I did an easy morning run then hit the track for a workout that evening. Most of our triathletes did Ironman North Carolina last weekend, so we were missing a lot of regulars, but we’ll be happy to see them next week when they are recovered. We decided to hold off on going out after track as well, so our IMNC peeps can join next week.
The weather was nice and my legs felt pretty good (I think running a little that morning may have helped warm them up a little). I ran 5 x 1000m with 200m jog recoveries, and it was one of the better track workouts I’ve had lately.
I typically like to take Thursday off after track but had a lot going on Friday and knew I wouldn’t fit a run in. I ran easy but my legs hated me the whole time because of Wednesday’s workout. I guess that’s just part of the process.
I went to a donation-based yoga class at Charleston Community Yoga on Friday. The proceeds benefited breast cancer, and before the class, the instructor had us write down the names of people we knew who had breast cancer on the mirrors in the room. During the class, she called out their names and asked us to dedicate our practice to them, and it was really inspiring. The yoga class was also a great way to de-stress at the end of a work week and before Race 13.1
On Saturday, I ran 3.2 miles easy, then ran Race 13.1 Charleston. I had a great “race-out” (race as a workout) and really enjoyed cheering for the other runners, thanking the volunteers, and laughing at the funny costumes. A lot of my Charleston Beer Runners friends ran and so did fellow local running bloggers David (DoomBuggy Runner) and Melissa.
On Sunday, I ran an easy 8 starting with the Hampton Park group. I mostly ran alone (my easy days are definitely slower and longer than many others). My legs didn’t feel too bad, though, and I can check off that I ran in my planner, and sometimes that’s the only real goal of a run. I did BodyFlow that evening to stretch out and cross train a bit- it’s great for your core!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!