Happy Christma-hana-kwanz-akah to you! I hope everyone celebrated a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends.
I can’t say this picture is 100% true for me- but I would love a travel buddy and cheap hotel rooms for all the fun races I want to travel to run. I love Charleston races, but I want to start ticking away at my bucket list of other races in the Southeast. The upstate of SC and parts of NC have some races that look fun.
It was a busy week of holiday celebrations for Clay and I, topped off by celebrating with our families this weekend. Now, we’re back in Charleston, and thankfully off work today but back to the grind tomorrow.
|Monday||6.2 miles + ITB Rehab Routine + 60 min. yoga|
|Wednesday||6.1 miles (track) + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Thursday||60 min. Arc Trainer|
|Friday||7 miles + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Sunday||ITB Rehab Routine|
Monday and Tuesday were uneventful runs. Both were busy days at work so I had to cram in the runs when I could. Monday’s run was at dusk and I ran through a different part of the subdivision (new construction) to see Christmas lights. I missed the Christmas Light group runs due to parties, work, and events, so it was fun to change up the route and see lights. Even barely built homes were decorated, so that will probably be a fun neighborhood to run next year.
I didn’t take any pictures on my run, but since I love Christmas lights, here’s a picture of the Downtown Summerville tree.
Speaking of Christmas trees, I went to the track on Wednesday night and did a “Christmas Tree” workout- the ladder run from Run Less Run Faster. Everyone at the track does different workouts, but this is one of my favorite workouts, and since I’m not training for anything in particular, I may as well do workouts I enjoy.
I started at the bottom of the tree and worked my way to the top (1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400, 3 x 200m), with a 200m jog recovery between each. My goal was to not fall off the ladder- in other words, don’t slow down the intervals. I ran a few extra 200s so I could hit 6 miles for the day- we’ll just say I was finishing off that strand of lights at the top of the tree.
We had a great crowd at the track, especially for such a busy time of year. It was chilly outside and my fingers were going numb when I was turning the lights off (I need gloves with fingertips next time).
I wanted to run on Thursday. Bad. The weather was beautiful and warm after work and it took everything in me to drive to Planet Fitness to the Arc Trainer. Since I had to switch up my rest day for Christmas, running on Thursday would mean running 8 days straight (Saturday-Saturday), including two long runs, a race, and a workout. With a recovering knee, I didn’t want to take that risk.
On Saturday, a bunch of us met at the Y to run. Most of us did a long run, some longer than others, just turning around when we reached half of whatever we planned to run that day. Sawmill Branch is the spot for running, walking, and biking, so we wished everyone we saw a Merry Christmas and a good morning.
The weather was beautiful, and everyone had someone to run with. You can’t beat wearing shorts on Christmas Eve, and I guess that’s why 42 people per day move to the tri-county Charleston area (we run with a Realtor so he tells us these facts).
After our run, Melissa, Theresa, Tammie, Rie, and I headed over to Cuppa Manna for coffee, snacks, and photos, and we met up with Sheila and Tina. It was great to share a run with friends and spend time with them before spending time with family this weekend.
Most of us are training for the Myrtle Beach Marathon races (half or full), so we plan to continue the Saturday morning long runs on non-race Saturdays and maybe throw some others in there too. I’m pretty sure Cuppa Manna will be at the top of the coffeehouse rotation since the staff were really nice and the coffee was so good!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!